INSPIRED BY THE BURIAL RITUALS OF THE EGYPTIANS AND ANGLO-SAXONS, THIS WORK EXPLORED THE ARTEFACTS REQUIRED FOR SOMEONE IMAGINING THEIR NEW LIFE AS AN ARTIST.
Future Artist was a project I undertook just before my final piece on the Foundation course. I had wanted to explore the opportunity I now that I had left behind my previous career. This got me thinking about rebirth and the preparations ancient cultures put into the "next life". In particular the Egyptians and Anglo-Saxons produced many inspirational findings. Both made elaborate preparations for the body and the necessary accoutrements for what one would require when reborn in the afterlife. These included Ushabti for the Egyptians - small figurines, human like in form, that would spring to life when you awoke. Often they were intended to carry out the mundane tasks you might not want to do, like grow crops etc. Thinking on these from an artists perspective I pondered if a future artist might not need small ushabti who brought the necessary mental qualities a fledgling artist might require: Determination, Fortitude, Humility. From the Anglo-Saxon tombs I discerned the focus on the practical: food, clothing, tools and weapons. What might a future artist need when they awoke from their slumber? I concluded that an easel might be useful and a stool to rest upon after many hours painting. I also needed to produce the artist themselves, asleep but soon to rise.