Roadtrips got me thinking like..
Life can be so demanding sometimes. So I make sure that I take some time out for myself. As much as I am a suburban girl, I can easily adapt to the country, a city or even a village. But you can't beat the tranquility of the natural landscape when it’s just you and the Creator (the Universe, Allah, God etc). Throughout my travels across the globe so far, I’ve come across some pretty cool street art. But I must say we have some pretty cool local work too– this time we got to check out some cool work in Katoomba. I didn’t bring my digital SLR this time as that thing can get pretty heavy. So I used my iPhone 7 Plus (I think that's the model lol).
Here are some of my random thoughts...
Everything that I see, is art. Life is art. Anyone is an artist, whether or not you have a qualification. As Pablo Picasso once said ‘every child is an artist. the trouble is staying an artist when you grow up’.
So if we are all born artists – we are innately creative beings, particularly those who immerse themselves into their craft. Our work can be expressive but we are either subconsciously or consciously inspired by other artists, artworks, people, experiences.. life. When I see photographs, whether portraiture, landscape, etc. we photographers are called the 'artist'. But when I think about it more deeply. Am I not capturing the “artwork” (or subject) that was already created well before I captured it? Certainly, no doubt, it is our own take, our own perspective and an amazing image is made with our skills. We spend time and money on educating ourselves and buying all this equipment and tools to create something beautiful. But the point is the natural subjects are already created.
I am not overly religious or a fundamentalist in my beliefs, but I am spiritual and am pretty open minded. However, I do wonder when we capture an image or create something, are we really just creating biproducts of the work of an artist who much bigger than us? When I take the pictures, I am called the artist. The way I perceive it as that I am simply taking photographs of people, that an “artist” or “creator” has crafted.
In the world of art, if you have an original piece it is worth a shitload of money especially when an artist had passed away. If you own an imitation, it is much cheaper. Further, I think of humanity in that way. That is, we are all limited edition artworks and there is no duplicate of ourselves. To put it in perspective, the world's population currently sits at 7.6 billion people! Yet, we all have our unique DNA and not one of our fingerprints are identical, not our past ancestors, our current generation or neither will the future generations (even though not everyone has fingers, but you get what I mean). That’s how I see humanity and the world. Individually unique, but also the same in many ways such as the need to feel loved, valued and belong.
I was recently asked by MC Trey to develop a short documentary video entitled 'We Still Rockin', which is about the hip hop in Australia, from the perspectives of female artists' and community workers. These women have contributed to the development of the scene since maybe the 1990s-2000s and continue to practice as artists and youth and community development workers across Western Sydney and greater Sydney, working with young emerging artists.
Our first interview was with MC Trey's long time friend MC Thorn at Redfern Community Centre. Thorn took us back in time into what life looked like for a young person back then. I was fascinated by Thorn's passionate narrative and Trey was definitely feeling it too as they reminisced on the good old days.
I look forward to our next set of interviews with Trey and her friends. Our video will be part of the 'It's Our Thing: More history on Australian hip hop (Part II)' exhibition at Blacktown Arts Centre between 22 June 2017 to 12 August 2017.
Update: the video was exhibited alongside some amazing artworks from artists and hip hop practitioners. It was a very inspiring exhibition. To view the mini-documentary 'We Still Rockin' click on the image below.
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