Response to banging


My response to the intermittent banging that emits from the flat above mine when my neighbour chops ginger with a meat cleaver is to make indentations repeatedly with my biggest kitchen knife into this painting. Previously I have used a knitting needle and a biro; the big knife is much more satisfying.

As well as releasing my anger about this intrusive intermittent act I can physically see the extent of it; art reflects life.


4 thoughts on “Response to banging

  1. I think you may be onto something here- I really like the idea of using the energy of frustration to create. Do you think you will continue with this piece indefinitely or do you think you may start another piece?

  2. hi Teri, I’m not sure; it depends how frustrated I’m feeling when the banging starts – it’s all about state of mind, I guess. I haven’t stabbed the painting (!) for a couple of days now but that could change. I like the patterns that are occurring – they remind me of the shapes made by flocks of starlings. I’m usually working on a few pieces at a time – they’re laying around waiting for the next addition. I’m finding that any emotion is a good starting point – what do you think?

    • Julia— Agreed ! Emotion can spur on creativity.

      I had a moment of insight it is taking shape as I type. I a thought earlier today that it is ok to use my writing for more than storage for all my fears and disappointments. Writing isn’t just for “ugly” stuff anymore- a personal seismic shift. I arrived here to your question and thought how interesting that you are placing your frustration onto a canvas. I have obviously seen it done with painting but I have never done it. So I am now wondering about how I have been using writing for the “negative” ,photography for rejoicing, collages for exploring, and quilting just so I can buy more fabric. So now that I have taken up enough comment space for three people—I say yes emotion is a great starting place… Hope you have a quiet beginning of your week – unless of course you are looking to ‘”finish” your painting. xo teri

      • It’s so interesting to me that I’ve only just seen your reply! I saw a film at the weekend called Pina; it’s about the work of German choreographer, Pina Bausch. She used associative questioning to bring out the truth of the dancers’ expression. It’s been so inspiring to me. And it starts from questions like, “what does anger look like?” “What could it look like?” “How does it feel?” “What gesture does my body want to make?” Such a juicy subject area!

        I liked your insight about how you separated out tasks for emotions. I wonder what would happen if you mixed it all up. Thanks, Teri, for your comment!

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