Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Peace Painting ACE grant

So it seems the Peace Painting grant application wasn't successful. However, feedback offered has identified the areas that need adjusting and looking into, with some additional information required before resubmitting a new application.
The second resubmission was also unsuccessful, but for different reasons.

Artists always reassure me that you can apply for funding for all sorts of things, for anything. But the Arts Council are dictating the criteria.

I wanted to include a budget for respite, for the time out I have to take for caring responsibilities, but apparently they think this should be included in the artists' fee.
The time I have to take out for that does not allow me to do any art work. I'm not working as an artist during that time. And I don't have another income. I don't receive Carer's Allowance. So I think I'm meant to be destitute.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Peace Painting ACE funding application

After some final queries, feedback and checking, the Peace Painting funding application has been finished and sent.
I can't believe it's taken so long!
It was started back in March!

So now is the wait to find out if it's successful....

I will be shifting my focus back onto illustration work and commissions in the mean time.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

And Our Heroes Have Misplaced Their Map (cont)

My initial Peace Paintings of Bana Alabed etc have been made on cardboard - the use of cardboard reflects the cardboard boxes used by homeless and displaced people.
I imagine that all the pieces of cardboard will be assembled into a sort of shelter made out of many Peace Paintings, so I'm in the process of making various Peace Paintings.
I asked Greg Garry if I could use his photos of Chromeo, and he was kind enough to oblige, said to have fun, so I've been staring at Dave1 for a very long time.... (I aint with it!) and I still have the box my keytar came in, so it seemed obvious to use that.

I decided that rather than paint the images of Syrian children / refugees onto Dave's suit, it should remain pristine white, and other images projected onto it.
So I've cut out the suit shape and printed out the still image from Nik Kershaw's Wouldn't It Be Good video.
The scale of Dave's suit has been deliberately scaled to both fit the box, and an old TV/DVD player upon which I can experiment with images of Syrian ruins.

After checking up on Jean Baudrillard's writings, I'm thinking of painting this photorealistically. I've never been much of a fan of photorealistic painting, but for the purpose of this, this will work as a Peace Painting, and as a piece of digital work.
Because I only have one keytar box, this will be painted onto a separate piece of cardboard to fit on top.

Funding application

I was getting pretty stressed out about the prospect of Universal Credit, it was starting to make me ill.
I've spoken to the Carer's Team, and although they've done nothing to sort out some respite, they found out that Universal Credit is only being imposed for new claims, so if we have a current claim, it won't be affected.

The snap election has also given me hope that for once, everyone will get rid of the Evil Tories, by whatever means necessary, then I can get back on with making this work more amazing.

I've been in contact with the Arts Council to clarify the criteria for Grantium, and which sets of figures need to match up, and it's now hopefully ready to submit, and I hope to have it submitted around the middle of May.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

And Our Heroes Have Misplaced Their Map ...continued

I'm developing my thought processes from the initial concept of juxtaposing selected elements of pop culture within Peace Painting, through digital means via Photoshop and found images.

The black areas to the sides are the edges of a still image from Nik Kershaw's Wouldn't It Be Good video.
I don't really want to steal images, but there is online a series of really good images of Dave in a white suit with his little bro, which are perfect for editing composite images from. I have asked the photographer Greg Garry if it's OK to use them, and he said to go for it :-) 
I decided that Nik Kershaw's suit in the original video was the height of 80's fashion, so Dave should remain in his contemporary suit, so the shoulder pads were aborted like an R Tape Loading Error....

This works really well - where he's literally leaning on the edge of the video, not even within it, another image of Syrian kids playing in the bombed ruins appearing in his suit.

The same image of Dave juxtaposed with the RAF Stenigot photo

Another edited image from Chromeo, with Nik Kershaw's video ghost haunting Dave's suit!

These are the first in some other images. The other images will take images of Syrian children and take them out of their original context - in bombed out ruins, the shattered landscapes of Aleppo, and replace them into new homes - they will become poster girls and boys for imaginary films, edited into E.T. / Stranger Things / reimagined 1980s music videos, so this will follow on from these initial compositions. 
There's a reason why the paintings are on cardboard boxes....

Disclaimer: images are sourced via the Internet. I am seeking permission for their use where possible. I do not own all of the original source material, such as photos of Chromeo - which are sourced via Chromeo / Greg Garry / @livincool Emanuele D'Angelo / Youtube mostly. Youtube own nothing, mind you! 
If anyone has any issues, just send me a message and either send me something I can use, or invite me to come and get my own original source material... I actually prefer that!
For context, see Cindy Sherman's work, or Candice Breitz.

Monday, 24 April 2017

And our heroes have misplaced their map

"And our heroes have misplaced their map" is a quote cited on Dave1 from Chromeo's Instagram.
He is quoting @missinfo
14 December 2016

Lately I've been mildly obsessed with Chromeo. I couldn't figure out why.
I think it had something to do with Mum annoying me, and wanting to block out stress.

At the same time, I've been wondering how to merge Peace Painting with my own practice, I've been feeling as though I've been out in the wilderness for some time, finding my way back.

These thoughts are my process of working out the Arts Council grant application and trying to figure out what I want to do, how to do it, and why.

Jon (Dave from Chromeo)

And I've had time off to become mildly obsessed with Chromeo.
I met a guy called Jon that resembles Dave1. He even had a smart suit jacket on, and I spent a very amusing evening pretending I was out with Dave from Chromeo.

Proposal - the 80's girl in the suit

I learnt how to play the riff from Old 45s on the keytar, thinking this would stop it from insisting that I play it on a loop to the annoyance of everyone.
My brain wanted me to play the rest of it and spend ages in Garageband compiling the various parts to make a Youtube video, which seemed like a lot of work to do all on my own, so I said no.

(imagine that last part was being narrated by Micky Flanagan!)

So, I decided that I need to do some normal boring things, and I was innocently downloading some music, when I came across Nik Kershaw's Wouldn't It Be Good. Nik Kershaw is someone whose music would've been on the radio all the sodding time back in the 80s, but this was a track I haven't heard for ages.
And I must've seen the video for it, surely? But we never had MTV as kids, so perhaps I didn't?

In any case I wondered what that white suit thing was all about, but I vaguely remember Dave 1 posting something about maybe getting some shoulder pads, but I might've imagined that....

Anyway, the quote from @missinfo was posted along with a photo that has been widely shared online of a Syrian boy with a BMX walking through the bombed ruins of Aleppo. I've sourced it back to Emanuele D'Angelo. The pic Dave1 shared was sourced by @livincool

I'm contemplating a series of Peace Paintings that juxtapose Syrian children and the bombed ruins of Aleppo within a new context, but I didn't know what that context was.

The concept is Dave from Chromeo, wearing Nik Kershaw's white suit, with images from Instagram haunting him, and then the Instagram image thieves surrounding me to steal my concepts to use somewhere else, like all those 1980s baddies. Which is why I've posted a crap pixellated wip version on my desktop....

Dave 1 in his Nik Kershaw suit juxtaposed with my own photo of abandoned Cold War base RAF Stenigot in Lincolnshire.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Peace Painting - funding

I'm now seeking further funding for the Peace Painting project.

Against all instincts, I'm working on an ACE grant application for the Peace Painting project.
Since 2013 I rejected the arts world and its methods of bureaucratically enshrining funding within hallowed bank accounts inaccessible to such lowly artists such as myself.

After 4 years of refusing to engage in what I saw as a form of financial Stockholm Syndrome, I'm struggling to punish myself with this again.

The greater risk is that I won't finish it before Universal Credit is imposed, and I'll be made destitute.
I asked the Citizen's Advice Bureau for the following information:

When is the DWP imposing Universal Credit?
They do not know. 
During recent research, I read that the reason Syrian children seem so calm in beheading videos, is because terrorists rehearse them several times.
I am being kept in the dark about when the financial abuse will happen.
The reason I'm so stressed out is because since I left my financially abusive ex-husband, I've struggled enough to survive as a single parent, I thought a career in the arts would be better, and now this Universal Credit thing is more financial abuse.

I must clarify that the threat of destitution imposed by Universal Credit motivated me to quit the art world, not to produce any work under a system of welfare slavery, however, Article 27 of the Human Rights Act overrides the DWP, so this is what I imagine will happen if I fail:

Everyone who reads this blog will carry on reading it for free at my expense, so I will rarely post. 
I won't post at all if I'm destitute, as I will be unable to survive.
I will be busy in the CAB, or at the police station reporting the DWP and the Arts Council for human rights abuses.

I will have six weeks of financial abuse akin to that of my ex husband, which is why I'm so stressed out.

The doctor has advised me to self refer for counselling. Talking to someone will be another waste of my time, and will not help to put money in my bank account.
It may lead to me being sent to hospital for malnutrition / survival. Which will place further burden on the NHS, and I shouldn't be there.

I will be unable to pay a month and a half's rent. This will cost £770. Every week I will be £300 short of income for food and bills etc. For six weeks.
The total loss will be £2,570. My overdraft has a £2000 limit.

You will all read this blog and not pay a penny.
Or you will stop reading it and look away, because it contains an inconvenient truth that you don't want to hear, or refuse to do anything about.

What I would prefer is that:

1) Someone finally buys Portrait Of Ian Duncan Smith With Bandaged Nose.

2) Someone commissions new work.

3) The Arts Council Grant application is successful.

4) Universal Credit is never imposed, and Universal Basic Income replaces it.

4) You all complain to the UN, or whoever may be able to help - Amnesty for example, that the British government is abusing Article 27 of the Human Rights Act, and that artists are suffering, instead of reading this blog and sitting there stroking your cats and laughing maniacally.

Copy and paste the blog link and send it to the police, tell them a crime has been committed; artists are having their livelihoods stolen.

I'm writing this now while I still can.