Blink Gallery Residency
August 17-30th 2015
Join Cynthia O’Brien during her second Blink Residency, August 17-30th. The Studio will be open to the public during normal hours; Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12noon-5pm.
Cynthia will be moving into Blink Gallery recreating her Studio. The plan is to focus on two projects that come from the Father Series. Come by and check out if these ideas have come to fruition!! The last day of the residency (August 30th, 12-5 pm) will be a Giant Blow Out Sale!!
DAYS 1-3 – Unlike other residencies I will be working during my two weeks at Blink. I am not leaving home or my responsibilities, I’ll be walking the dog, eating Sunday dinner with my mom and working six days within the two weeks of the residency.
So I packed on the tree days I worked this week.
How do I pack up the studio?
What do I take?
How much do I want to share with the public?
DAY 4 – I really don’t know what will happen in the next two weeks.
In the past when attending a residency I land running. Clay takes time to work with, dry and fire, so if you don’t have time you have to get working right away. The problem with running into the work is that you are in a new place, with new smells, food, bed so things are influencing you and the work and then your brain catches up and it’s a bit fried by then. When your brain catches up there are problems and then you have to figure them out without panic…..there is no such thing as no panic in a residency.
So I am off to this residency with ideas and the hope of some resolution at the end. I hope not to panic. I want to learn from this pressure cooker that will spur on the next generation of my Father Series. If it works I’ll show the work this Fall if not, well I’ll keep working.
Blink before and after I move in….not working yet, tomorrow!
DAY 5 – A good day all round. Got that great spicy tofu sandwich from Morning Owl to get me going. Puttered about rolled out some clay went for a coffee while it dried, got back, dried out too much….ah clay.
I’m off to a workshop with Angelo di Petta in Kingston. Very Exciting! It’s all about surface and colour, things I find hard. The best part is all the work he wants to be made prior to the class, so this Residency will be making some of those pieces. They will be a good warm up for the larger pieces.
The public do poke their heads in. I let them know what is going on and they watch me work!!! I don’t like that much and will invest in some deodorant for future days…..yeah too much info.
As the days go by the work does progress, the studio fills up with both work, dirt and people….then there are times when it is quiet.
Great photos by my ever vigilant photo guy Tom Evans.
I am really liking these pieces. I’m moving on from the sadness of loosing someone I love to a happy place. These pieces are starting with a round bowl shape. To me this round bowl shape feels like a smile. I am then building from these smiles (seeds or bowls) angular flat pieces of clay….this is a fur collar around the neck of my sweater……
……So I think I am smiling from a nice warm sweater, all cuddly and comfy.
This residency was a good idea. a good kick to get things started up again and seeing the new work come out into the light. The finished work will have bright vibrant colours on the inside and black broodiness on the outside…….keep tuned in.