December 22, 2008
I forgot! I meant to post my New Title and Artist Statement last week and kept forgetting about it!
After speaking with Dan about all the revisions to the installation of my piece (just to dash everyone’s hopes right from the start–I’m not hanging ANYTHING from the ceiling anymore…), I felt the need to re-write my artist’s statement. I did this for two reasons. Initially, I wrote it as a proposal just to get into the show, not thinking it would be shared beyond that context (on the form, there was no space for a “proposal” so the only place I could enter it was under “artists statement”). Apparently some sort of book will be published including all the pieces in the show (hopefully sans photography because the photo I submitted is terrible and not descriptive of the piece itself at all) plus basic information about each artist. I guess this includes the artist statement we each submitted and seeing as my piece has changed pretty drastically from my original vision (and it was not written as an “artists statement” to begin with), it just doesn’t fit anymore. Not to mention the fact that I really don’t need my BS proposal writing published for all to see… So I re-wrote it! In a brief and even more BS-ish format. At the recommendation of my favorite contemporary poet, I tried out the renga form, which is an ancient Japanese cooperative form, the first stanza of which eventually became the much shorter haiku. I liked this idea for a couple of reasons: first, I felt like it allowed me to remain sufficiently vague and abstract, the complete opposite of writing the proposal, second, I liked the concept of it being cooperative. While I didn’t write it with another person as the form requires, I did steal words and phrases out of my conversation with Dan, so in some ways it was a cooperative poem written with him, he just doesn’t know it yet. And whether he (or I) likes it, he has had a pretty huge influence on how the piece will show so it seems appropriate. Other than that, the form is utterly unrelated to the piece itself. Let’s be honest, it saved me a lot of time…
Also a bit about the title; Post-Processualism. Actually, I don’t really feel like explaining it–google or wiki it if you want to know more! It is an archaeological theory related to post-modernism. Look it up on your own to find out why it is (or isn’t) appropriate in this context.