I did have one of those artist statements that I was going to put here but I decided at the last minute to ditch it (although it took me forever to do), because I think sometimes those kinds of statements can be a bit off-putting in their language and be a barrier to direct communication.
So instead I will try and explain simply and honestly what I think I do and what my work is about. I don’t really know fully myself, but here goes:
I use things I make, find and experience and make them into new things. I often think of these ‘new things’ as telling some kind of story. I use photography, text, video language and sound, depending on what feels right at the time. My sources are often a combination of autobiographical, fictional and found. I like playing with ideas of what’s real and what’s not real. Isn’t it all an illusion anyway? I’m drawn to ambiguity.
I often intend my work to be playful, but it doesn’t seem to come out quite in that way – people often tell me its a bit edgy. That’s ok with me.
I’m a serial collaborator, with artists and non-artists and I’m often involved in DIY and artist-run projects. More and more I am interested in the potential of collectivity, community, and conversation to make change. I’m sick of irony. I believe in being sincere. I think trying to be a good person is as important as trying to be a good artist.
Werner Herzog, Mark E Smith, Kate Bush, Bill Douglas, Henry Darger, David Foster Wallace, Miranda July, The Flaming Lips, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and Kristin Hersh are among the artists who I admire for their seriousness of purpose, commitment and sincerity.
I became an artist in my thirties after drifting in my twenties and it felt like coming home. I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I do and I try not to take it for granted. I was quite troubled when I was younger and I feel happy and lucky now.
You can contact me on Jeanmariemcewan@gmail.com