Since July 15th 2013 I left the United Kingdom to go and live in Cyprus for six months to see what would happen to my practice and seek another way of making work. I wanted to see what else I would come up with in response to the new situation I placed myself in. Through staying at residencies and being an Artist in Residence, working on projects, researching what my practice was about and ways of seeing reality through a new situation I witnessed my work evolve into something new. The work I produced gained me a place on a project in Spain and an opportunity to travel through Spain, staying at other residencies, which gave me the chance to further explore a personal project based on the idea of pilgrimage. Over the last few weeks I have been going through a process of deep-thinking, evaluating what I have made over the last year and develop my project further. This research blog is a place where I shall share the information, putting it all together to form a thesis idea exploring a personal question about interconnecting cultures and its application in my practice.
Through various inquiries I have been collecting information over the last year; online, books and through my practice, I have been testing out ideas. My question through all of this has been exploring the role of inter-connectivity and mapping in the evolution of culture? Throughout my travels I have been to many museums, galleries, travelling and recording my journeys via GPS technology, exploring various architecture, art and cultural traditions, acting as foundations to a host nation from the many cultures who have come to Cyprus and Spain, sharing and leaving their influences, which have led to technological and cultural developments that have contributed to a host’s sense of identity; shaping the new ways of seeing reality.
This blog will act as a logbook furthering my inquiry and bring all the pieces together to form questions and lead to writings exploring the role of inter-connecting cultures and developments through the words of ‘identity and relationship’; and although I will be sharing this through my website, primarily it is a format for me to pull all this data together in one place, which I hope will expand into an in-depth study of the value inter-cultural exchanges have in a multicultural world.