The Studio Arts Option; Summer Intensive 2010, “No Man’s Land” Exhibition
After my son turned a year old and I had literally been a feeding machine, I decided to take time out for myself and go back to my passion of art and photography. I flew to Barcelona for 2 weeks, ridden with guilt for leaving my child with his father and had the intention of doing photographic work, but ended up doing a huge abstract free-flow painting. I created a large abstract painting (2x1.5m - that I hadn't logistically thought of transporting back to Bahrain!) and smaller test paintings.
The beauty of the workshop was that it was laissez-faire with the value add of seeing how other artists practice and understanding various processes. Guest artists came in to give talks, such as the globally renowned Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada who created urban large-scale mural portraits and colossal land art, which was very inspiring!
A must-see field trip the group took was to the quaint seaside town of 'Sitges' and on the last day of our course, we went for a group lunch where I got a reality-check lecture from an older artist about identity, which I needed to hear and we became fast friends later on.
The experience ended with a group exhibition called 'No Mans Land' that we put up on our own in the main hall.