“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London
Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life."-Charles de Gaulle
On my way to Brick Lane Market one sunny Sunday in September, I happened to come across a Korean Girl looking for directions outside of halls. We somehow struck up an instant friendship. Turns out she was a talented Fine Artist, an MA student at Chelsea College of Art, Jung Eun Ryu. From then on, every weekend or two, we would trudge out into the streets of London, gallery map in hand and go to at least 3 different galleries/exhibitions in a day.
Not only did I see a lot of Contemporary Art, but our tutors encouraged us to research new artists and designers. I especially liked doing the spatial design/ architecture pathway, not because I was particularly good at it, but I find it incredibly fascinating.
I was lucky enough, when I lived in London with my parents when I was 14, to have seen Olafur Eliasson’s The Weather Project in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern. All throughout my high school art education it gave me a point of reference and propelled me to become a designer.It still gets me heated up! (no global warming pun intended).
Being an artist isn’t a completely solitary thing. We soak up what’s around us. Somehow living with the only cultural bastion being selected by the television and media executives, makes for conformity and brain wash. It is important to go out and experience inspiration from the source, not from information regurgitated. pre-packaged. lobotomy.
Notable and awe- inspiring exhibitions during 2008/2009:
Lest we forget, Giles Walker’s pole dancing robot strippers at Mutate Britain.