Our workshop with artist Clodagh Emoe was extremely informative, as well as enjoyable. Clodagh Emoe shared some insights into her work process with us and gave us a professional perspective on what it takes to realise projects. A main aspect of her practice is based around the a gathering of people and the use of art as ‘encounter’. Many of her projects are audience orientated and based on an exploration of how thoughts are ‘felt’ as a result of specific ‘gatherings’. This raised interesting questions around art in general, such as,
What constitutes a work?
When is a work complete?
Who completes the work?
What is the role of the viewer?
Is it correct to refer to the person experiencing or participating in the work as ‘the viewer’?
I was one of a group of four to experiment with these concepts and together we produced a site specific piece centred around a loaf of white sliced bread. It made us think about collaboration, ownership of art, conclusion of a piece, the involvement of an audience and the unpredictability of working in this way. The piece involved a choreographed interaction with an audience, and chance element (seagulls) and each other, realising a project like this was extremely challenging and insightful.