Artist Working Project
Tionscadal Oibre an Ealaíontóra
by Elena Santos
Artist Working intends to highlight the nature of the profession as an artist, to break stereotypes and to support the professionalism of the artist. The main objective of this art project is to shine a light on what it means to work as an artist and to reflect on the work behind the final artwork usually hidden from the public.
I started by creating a body of original print works exhibited for first time in Galway in 2014. The main piece is a conceptual work where the text artist working is screen printed on wall paper. The acidity of this paper will show the passing of time by getting darker day by day, reflecting the artist’s time at work.
I also created a series of 4 smaller pieces, with the text screen printed on paper in fluorescent yellow ink, simulating the high visibility work-in-progress signs.
I continued by designing a line of practical items such as t-shirts, tote bags and yellow coveralls with the intention to wear them in my daily creative work, and to identify myself as an artist, the same way a chef is recognised by the hat or a public construction worker by the sign “man at work”.
The first commercial items were a limited edition of 25 hand-made tote bags, which sold out very quickly, custom made aprons and badges. The intention was to add a practical dimension to the project.
The next milestone of the project is the launch of the Artist Working podcast, a space for reflection to explore the profession of being an artist.
Our goal is to contribute to our body of work towards the next generation of artists. Our podcast offers an opportunity to learn from established artists, about their careers, struggles and choices, and to create a connection with younger generations and new artists.
These are their stories, their voices!
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