Anyhow, about a fortnight ago I was longlisted and invited to draw up a proposal for a new light work to be shown outdoors. This worried me at first for a few reasons;
1. I have never made work for the outdoors,
2. I have never made work in the medium required (neon),
3. Finally, I have never responded directly to a buildings historical, geographical and structural form all in one go before.
So, when in doubt turn to colour theorist and artist Josef Albers...
Out came the colour-obsessed-artists' obligatory copy of 'Interaction of Colour'; a book I take all my titles from as well as using it as a research tool which I dip in and out of when needed. This was a time when I really NEEDED it!
As I flicked through the diagrams at the back of the book I came across Goethe's colour triangle; a theory for mixing primary, secondary and tertiary colours that I am well familiar with. Bingo! Its so nice to have that 'light bulb' moment. So, instead of trying to squeeze my ideas into a 'design' that didn't represent my practice, I remembered now crucial it is to stay true to yourself and the concepts that drive your practice. If the commissioners don't go with my idea it is not because its not a good idea, its because it not what they were looking for on that particular occassion.
As I write this post the commission deadline has passed, my proposal is typed up and sent. All I can do now is cross my fingers...