1.3 How personal do you want to be?

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:

  1. Remove /avoid the risk altogether – Keep private work completely separate from public work
  2. Reduce the risk – hide or obscure the private work in some way
  3. 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



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