My masters degree in Creative Practice took me on an unexpectedly deep journey of self discovery.
I initially started the MA, somewhat naively thinking, it would be a way to develop my arts practice in new ways; academic enquiry and contextualisation prompting interesting explorations and connections, and subsequently new lines of creative enquiry. Well of course, this played a huge part in the process, but believe it or not, this is a total oversimplification of how the journey would actually play out. In short, I was totally unprepared for how personal, how deep into the dusty and forgotten corners of my mind the MA process of enquiry and contextualisation would actually delve.
I found myself revisiting the recurring nightmares of my childhood, long forgotten dreams and I encountered fragments of stories deeply embedded in my subconscious, woven into my understanding of my place in the world. I came to a place of conscious acknowledgment that my own journey and story had, and still was, influencing my creative and personal choices.
In creating the series of work 'Imaginarium' that would become my final show for the MA, I also wrote a story. The story is about me but I have been told numerous times that the story is one that many can relate too. The story and the artwork created for the exhibition are reflections of each other. That said, I think they stand just as strong on their own as they do together.
Remember, getting lost is part of the journey. Enjoy.