Key words from the brief:
- Using the 4 mini books from Exercise 1.2 visualise ways you could hide the books, or some of the information contained in the books
- Research into book structures that hide elements
- Mock up ideas of what your structures could be like
- 3D tests based on your mock up ideas
Sketchbooks are always personal to a certain extent because they contain an artists unique view or interpretation of their world.
So personal content is only a ‘problem’ if the subject matter or themes, or the way they are addressed in the work pose some kind personal risk to the artist. Examples would be an artist working in a politically repressive regime or dealing with/exploring/expressing thoughts or ideas that are challenging/difficult/problematic in some way.
And for me, at the moment at least, this isn’t true and the line between what I want to keep private and what is public is clear.
Three different approaches
There are three different approaches that I could take towards dealing with the risks of working with personal material:
- Remove /avoid the risk altogether – Keep private work completely separate from public work
- Reduce the risk – hide or obscure the private work in some way
- Accept the risk – Combine private and public work together and accept how other viewers of the work will react and/or what this might mean for you
Ideas for how to deal with the risk
I do accept that this is going to be an issue for some people, but my response to generating ideas comes from my own situation where this isn’t a ‘problem’ I have to deal with.
So these ideas for how to reduce the risk are tongue in cheek…
Idea 01 – Camouflage
Idea 02 – Lock-up
Idea 03 – Boobie trap