Happy Christmas to all my family and friends. I hope you all had safe travels home and went unhindered by the Robotocizied Flying Demons of Gatwick Airport (Unrelated to the Ghost Cars of Croydon). I hope you are all happy and safe during this holiday season and in the year ahead!
Part Of The Inner Space Series. Resonant Empathy is a Digital Collage which reverbrates like a tuning fork with the experiences of another and chimes a deeply resonant note within. Empathy is a natural capacity we share that enables us to feel into and understand the pains, trials, tribulations and joys of our common humanity. We get to the heart of a matter by opening up, listening attentively and picking up that which occurs in each other; as well as in the space between us. By practicing Empathy we learn to lay aside our own predjudices, predilictions and agendas in service of entering into the lived experiences of another person, stepping into their shoes and seeing the world from their eyes.
When we meet at this deeper level, we reach out and bridge the gaps between one and other; We can form powerful bonds, erode isolation and gain new insights, whilst providing sustenance and support to those around us. By really taking in the experiences of others, the act of empathy changes us; like a chemical reaction the interaction alters both parties, promoting growth, and deepening understanding of other people, of our own self, of how we relate, of the nature of meaning in our lives, and of the brilliance and burdens of the existences that we share.
Here at Free Form Trouble we scour the worlds greatest Libraries, Aquire the most deeply classified military documents and trade in the most exotic black markets to uncover, catalogue and record these rarest of beasts in the annals of our archives. Whilst (Hopefully) most of these creatures have disappeared many moons ago, We are commited to recording their details here in case we ever encounter their Ilk again. So without further ado Rare Monster Sighting #1: The Great Winged Aphyatrix.
"Allied Forces Take Cover From The Great Winged Aphyatrix" (1938) - Photographer Unknown.
This is the only surviving photographic record of this terrifying beast. Allied Troops are seen here taking cover during a chance encounter with a Great Winged Aphyatrix on the battlefield. Reaching over 45 Meters tall and with a wingspan of 30 Meters the Aphyatrix is completely flightless, but it is extremely venomous and with razor sharp talons it is capable of running at top speeds of 24km. Although they were hunted to extinction only as recently as the 1980's its already hard to believe that such frightening creatures ever existed!
For more Rare Monster Sightings check out the archive here.
A great big thanks to Gestalten Publishers for featuring some work from my Inner Space series as part of their Creative Pool. Gestalten have produced some of my favourite books on Illustration and Collage so its an honour.
A little more about the publishers: The Gestalten narrative exists beyond the textual realm; regardless of the medium at hand, Gestalten wishes to inform and inspire our community. We welcome you to enter Gestalten's world of creative culture whether between our pages, indulging in images and films online, or at one of our international events. We look forward to the result: mutual inspiration.
Now thats certainly a mission statement that I can get behind!
Check out the creative pool feature here:
Gestalten Home: https://gestalten.com/
Showing tonight are two of my Analog Collage pieces: 'Devoured By The Bird of Gluttony' (2018) and 'The Desolate Isolation Of Pride' (2018) On display at the Purgatorio & Friends exhibition in the beautiful Confraternita dei Disciplinati, Somano, Italy.
For this show on Purgatory I envisioned the potential punishments for two of the 7 Deadly Sins. Gluttony (Being Devoured) and Pride (Isolation). It is Visceral Work in a Visceral Medium on a Visceral Topic with lots of tearing and harsh imagery.
Opening: 3pm 14th October 2018
Confraternita dei Disciplinati,
Somano Via Madonna 7 B,
I am very proud to announce that I have had my logo selected by the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health this week in the re-branding of their Conscious Baby Program. The APPPAH carries out pioneering research in understanding how the conditions of the intrauterine environment, birth and early infancy influence human development.
Through this they gain fascinating insight into the importance of strong parental bonding experiences, attunement, communication, loving responsive attention, and how these things help to develop healthy attachment patterns, resilience, stronger immune systems, better emotional self-regulation and a deeply ingrained sense of self-worth.
At the same time deepening our understanding of what happens when pre-natal, birth or early life neglect, distress and trauma occur; how this presents in later life and this leads us to more informed and effective Psychotheraputic practices.
After all if we wish to fully understand any story we need to start at the beginning.
For anyone with little ones, working with children or an interest in Psychology, I would highly recommend checking out their resources over at:
Or the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health’s main site at: www.birthpsychology.com
An Emergence To Consciousness is a Digital Collage which manifests into being by synthesizing meaning from our environments and experiences. Our intuition guides our focus, absorbing some information and highlighting some aspects of our experience and editing out other elements based on our immediate situation; but also through the most intimate elements of ourselves, our personal histories, our values, our interests, our agendas, our vices, our pleasures, our hates and our loves. A subtle and powerful process of questioning. What feels pertinent? What feels meaningful? What feels right?
In Gestalt psychology we describe this process as a figure (That is something of meaning, needing our attention) which emerges from the background of our experience, to be engaged with and then when the necessary change comes about the figure of our focus fades into the background again, altering it to in the process. There is a cycle to our experience of the world, awareness, engagement, creative enterprise, integration and finally a return to rest, making space for a new figure to emerge into awareness.
The Unkindest Cut - The Revolutionary Politics of Collage
Presented By: Anthony D Kelly
Date: Sunday 16th : Time: September 15.00 - 17.00
Venue: Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland
As part of: Collagistas Festival #5
Collage by its very nature is a medium that is uniquely placed to reflect, distort and even clarify social and political issues by virtue of its appropriation and reorganization of mass media imagery. Throughout the process of selecting imagery, cutting, placement and following his/her own intuitive and aesthetic sense to a satisfying composition, a skilled collage artist manages to pull in many various sources of digital and printed media. When the blades come out, the artist filters this vast array of visual and textual source material through their experiences of living in this world with its triumphs and trials, producing in the end a singular reflection on the times in which we live. Join artist Anthony D Kelly for a presentation and discussion on The Politics of Collage, Satire and Global Citizenship at the end of the discussion he will hold a One Hour Collage Salon in which he will invite participants to sit, work and discuss these themes with each other while making collage.
(If you want to participate send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Anthony D Kelly is a Freelance Illustrator, Writer and Visual Arts Practitioner. He currently bases his practice in Castlebar, County Mayo located on Irelands West Coast.He has extensive experience as a Gallery Administrator, Curator and Project Facilitator from his time at Basement Project Space an artist led initiative which was based in Cork City, Ireland. The aim of this initiative was to generate an exhibition/project space independent of established institutions, to provide development opportunities for emerging artists and to encourage cutting edge experimental practice across a broad range of disciplines.
He has studied both Arts Administration and Arts Participation and Global Development and he is currently training in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. Anthony is greatly interested in the Arts as an effective method for engagement with Social, Political and Global Development issues. He works mainly with Illustration, Collage and Assemblage techniques to create humorous, unnerving and deeply satirical imagery"
Part Of The Inner Space Series. A Ministry For Loneliness is a Digital Collage which resides in solitude and with a dull ache at its core. For all of modern technologies promises of greater connectedness and access to wider digital communities, our society is undergoing a profound epidemic of isolation and loneliness. As we retreat further behind our screens, our real world communities fragment as we leave genuine human connection further and further behind. Loneliness is an emotional state arising from a loss of connection with others, it can be experienced just as readily in a crowd as when we are isolated. Loneliness is an adverse state, which as social beings inspires us to reconnect with others, to seek out and rejoin the tribe as it were. If we are unable to bridge that gap, long periods of loneliness can have detrimental impacts on our physical health. Being indicated for greater risks of cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression and anxiety. In fact just this year Britan appointed its first Minister For Loneliness to combat the problem.
The distinction between Loneliness and being Alone is an important one. The desire to be comfortably Alone is in fact an indicator of psychological and emotional health. It is our own time spent, doing our own things, dreaming our own dreams, reading a book, dancing to a favourite song, or just sitting with ourselves and being comfortable in our own skin, without depending on the input of another. Unfortunately due to circumstances whether they are internal or external, sometimes whats missing is the choice. Keep on bridging those gaps!
I feel privileged to be able to participate in this years Collagistas #5 The International Festival of Collage. It is fantastic news to hear that the Collagistas Festival #5 will be held in Dublin this September 13th-16th 2018. So if you are in Dublin on these dates do pop along and join us for a wide array of talks, workshops and a fantastic exhibition of Collage Art. Check out the festival statement below:
Collagistas Festival is a celebration of contemporary collage. Our primary purpose is to create an opportunity where collage artists from all over the world can come together to share ideas and thoughts about their collage practise and to disseminate this information through workshops and presentations. We provide a platfom to explore and discuss how collage is made and the role of collage in contemporary visual culture. We do this through the organisation of an annual exhibition and the facilitation of workshops and presentations. Our aim is also to engage the general public and the wider art community in these discussions. Our principle objectives are to maintain an international network of collage artists and to bring collage to a wider audience.
Collagistas Festival ≠5 will be held in Dublin, from 13th - 16th of September 2018 at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.
For More On The Festival: www.collagistas.com
For More On The Venue: www.templebargallery.com