My intention with this piece was to transform the ordinary into something unexpected through documentary film making. The everyday work of an artist is elevated to the level of performance. Through the lens of vintage educational films, a conversation with the process of art making is begun. Historically, the finished object that is seen while the steps taken to create that object are left out of the conversation.
The Greek proverb “no day without a line” refers to the repetitive nature of craft practice. By showing up and doing the work everyday, the craft is honed and the finished pieces become more resolved. It is the work of the artist. In this case, line is created physically and metaphorically by the hands and arms moving across the ironing board, pulling a scraper across a silk screen or smoothing out and pinning a piece of fabric. By moving the body in a linear way, the idea of line is extended out of the artwork and into the body of the artist.
The filming style and music is a mash up vintage educational films and contemporary how-to videos. However, unlike these references, this film does not show all of the steps needed to create a particular work. Moments of the process of screen-printing are pulled out into individual clips that reference Richard Serra’s Verb List from 1968. The close up view removes the context and focuses on the movements of the body. A glimpse of the artist in their natural environment is similar to a Hinterland Who’s Who film about timber wolves. The spontaneity and unselfcoinscious nature of the movements and the film making reference the processes involved in making.