Monday, 6 March 2017

Laura Wake- Poem/Initial Ideas

Laura Wake

My first choice of poem for the exhibition explored the ideas of choice/fate and chance, these were all themes that really resonated with me and sparked a lot of ideas for artwork, however, after a lot of research about the copyright to the poem I have decided not to use it. Unable to let these initial ideas go I have found another poem that covers a lot of the same topics (albeit in a very different manner) –

William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

This was a poem written whilst Henley was in hospital and deals with death, courage and determination in hard times. Throughout the poem, however, there is a still a strong reference to chance and fate (and with fate comes the opposing matter of choice) “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”. “Invictus” has a celebratory outlook on fate/chance/etc – the title itself meaning unconquerable! In the artwork I produce I would like to take a much more uncertain and questioning approach to these themes – of course we would all like to think we are “masters” of our own fate.

As a starting point I have a recorded tape of a psychic reading which I would like to fragment and incorporate somehow with a set of images to explore the blurred lines between choice/chance/fate and also the anxiety that we all feel about making the “right” decisions in life, how we will look back in years to come. The images are likely to include the same figure throughout and will be set in different outcomes/parallels – at the moment I am planning to use the more obvious visual of location – e.g. seascape/cityscape/landscape. Currently I am thinking these will either be full photographs or I may overlay the images through photoshop like a double exposure. I am planning on experimenting with both ideas to see which is more successful.  

1 comment:

  1. I thought I'd comment with some thoughts as I know I would find it useful and encouraging myself to have comments. I think your ideas of figures in landscapes and layering are really interesting Laura. The layers idea seem to add a kind of ethereal quality or surreal fantasy element which makes it thought provoking. It puts me in mind of Rene Magritte's work and his incongruous figures in landscapes. It'll be great to see what youve been doing.