I’ve been pondering on the words ‘everything is everything’ for a while now. For years actually after a conversation with a friend where we concluded that to be true in regards to creative work. Art is film is video is music is dance is painting is poetry is theatre is life.
The world’s a stage as Shakespeare wrote, and now so is the internet. Also perfect exhibition venues. With projects like ‘Sofar Sounds’ bringing music into people’s living rooms, I’m excited and interested in the idea of bringing many other art forms to domestic spaces and online spaces. To go on tour around your friend’s living rooms or devices would be a wonderful venture and adventure. I’ve always been passionate that art is for everyone, but there seem to be lots of people saying that in the creative worlds and not enough people making it happen (myself included I guess).
I’ve always had too many interests and too many ideas. I’ve been told I lack focus and ‘drift’ too much, which often left me feeling disillusioned with projects when I was half way through if there was no real goal to work towards. It’s been easier for me to make when I know there’s a film screening in three months, or I will be marked at the end of the year, or there’s a gig I’m performing at the weekend. When you are just left on your merry way to go out into the world and work out how to be when what you are doesn’t fit into any of the boxes that already exist it’s difficult to know what to do or where to start. Especially when you need to make money to live. Then you find yourself working in an office and trying to make yourself feel better about just creating ‘in your spare time’.
Something has clicked recently. I’ve had this happen twice in life so far and they are wonderful moments. As if your vision has been clouded for a long time but suddenly you realise you’re wearing weird cloud glasses and you take them off. Oh! That’s what everything looks like. That makes more sense.
Work I’ve made in the past has been inspired by the text in my diary, I’ve pulled it apart, cut it up, twisted it around and put it back together to find new meaning and the essence of what I meant. I make music, film, paintings, dance, sew, there’s always something I’m not doing when I’m concentrating on one or the other which is very distracting. Well the obvious has dawned on me recently. The songs I write are probably the most emotive things I make, the words and music come directly from the heart and soul. So if I start with a song I’m happy with, distil it down to its essence, pull out some of the words, riff off those then I can work on paintings inspired by that. I can design and make clothes inspired by that. I can design graphics inspired by that. I can make films inspired by all of that, to go alongside the music. Music videos, but more than a ‘music video’, an experimental film. At the end there’s a whole group of creative expressions pulled out from the same starting point.