swany: Revisited

My final year students are in the process of conceptualizing in order to create a body of work for an exhibition at the end of the year. One of them is dealing with social media and this resulted in me reflecting on my own troubled, ambivalent history with this post-modern form of interaction. I thought [...]

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MIXTAPES

Sadly Chris Cornell (1964–2017), musician, singer, and songwriter, and member of Soundgarden and Audioslave died on 17 May. It was by his own hand: suicide by hanging.  The Grammy-winning rocker had performed that Wednesday night at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Perhaps indicative of his state of mind, he ended his performance with a cover [...]

By |2019-05-02T05:05:19+00:00May 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on MIXTAPES

What I Did This Past Holiday

Remember when you were a kid? Remember when you got back to school after the holidays the teacher would get each of you up in front to tell the class what you did? Remember show & tell? I do, I especially remember in class one (grade one) getting up and telling the class that my [...]

By |2019-05-02T05:11:28+00:00February 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What I Did This Past Holiday

Loss

It’s been a year since I lost my mother and 4 since I lost my little furry buddy, Champers, and to be honest, the loss still weighs heavy upon me. Time, they say, heals all but heal is probably not the right word. I think it is more that one learns to deal with the [...]

By |2019-05-02T05:13:30+00:00December 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Loss

So What?

So What?! Above: 40rty by swany (2016) OK, so here is probably the most uncomfortable lesson, art as an academic pursuit has presented me with: the “so what?” lesson. “So what?” is uncomfortable because it immediately makes you aware of the dissonance within your world and you cannot help but find yourself outside of your [...]

By |2019-05-02T05:17:44+00:00December 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on So What?

Labour of Love

LABOUR OF LOVE: The phrase is often used when viewing artists work. The meaning is given to be a task done for pleasure, not reward. Implicit in that phrase are 3 things – time, hardship/opposition and extreme personal involvement. Linking them all is the artist’s commitment or investment to a specific project.  What you have [...]

By |2019-05-02T05:16:00+00:00November 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Labour of Love