'Here is another kind of art I like: the anonymous, the cobbled together, the hand-me down, the postscript, collaborations between strangers that marry together jubilantly, but don't quite fit'. Writer and art critic Olivia Laing on Derek Jarman's intertwining of art, gardening, filmmaking and writing.
This work was started as a response to an invitation for video art for an exhibition - and then I discovered I fell outside of the geographic area for applications! And again, I didn't quite fully appreciate the significance of hyacinths - see Modern Nature by Derek Jarman, page 62; 'So leave the wood in peace, empty-handed. For the blue-eyed flower with its heavy fragrance only belongs to the sun'.
As always, I am cobbling together and collaborating between strangers. The work contains words I recite taken from Winsor and Newton catalogues, creative commons music by the Blue Dot Sessions*, and a mixture of virtual world material from various sources.
Words, spoken as poetry lines:
Winsor & Newton's watercolours
Cobalt blue, Prussian blue,
Cerulean blue, Intense blue.
Leitch’s blue, Antwerp blue,
Ultramarine blue (Lapis Lazuli),
Indigo, Permanent blue.
New blue, French blue, Chinese blue.
Alizarin blue, Azure Cobalt.
There is more about this in a blog post at tizzycanucci.com/2020/10/07/marry-together-jubilantly/
* Messy Inkwell by Blue Dot Sessions, freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/Architect/Messy_Inkwell
Olivia Laing (2020) Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency. London: Picador. panmacmillan.com/authors/olivia-laing/funny-weather/9781529027648