Movement is an incredibly interesting topic that has and will continue to fascinate many artists - including me. Drawing movement with art gives one a deeper understanding of the body, and using one's movements to make art gives a deeper understanding of the entire self. I was fortunate to experience that.
Although I am not particularly good at dancing, I have always liked watching dancers and exploring nonverbal ways to communicate, which gave me the idea for this art piece, as well as the determination to persevere. Recently, while training for "Radikale Akte", a play I partake in, we did a warm-up where we explored the space around us by "painting" it with imaginary paint on various parts of our bodies. The reaching, stretching, slumping and overall movement was not only a good workout, but gave me better spacial awareness too. Trying this warm-up out in a 'real' piece of art was very fun, even when I couldn't paint everything around me like with imaginary paint. Heather Hansen was yet another inspiration, as was a video of someone drawing Dave Strider from Homestuck through strenuous physical activity.
While I normally do not like sport, I very much like alternative ways to do things - specifically art - and attention, which painting my project in the way I did certainly fulfilled.
Movement can be defined by (and is defined as, when you look it up in google) "an act of moving" as well as "a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social, or artistic ideas". I had recently gone to Christopher Street Day which was absolutely wonderful and impacted me deeply - I was truly moved. The CSD parade combined both definitions of movement, which is why I chose it as my subject. The person happily spinning around with their rainbow flag should ideally portray the cheerful energetic mood, but so should the way it was painted. The merging of diverse patterns is a sign of movement and what happened at the event - solidarity and togetherness of different people. The artwork is not "pretty" in the traditional sense, as many of the people at CSD, including me, were not; yet it is great in its individuality, much alike the people there. The specifics events of the day are a bit blurry with passing time, but the good feeling throughout all of it is clear - and that is what is at the paintings core.
It was hard to control the paint with my movements, and left me very exhausted - I am shaking as I am writing this - which shows that movement can be uncontrollable and really quite challenging, both physically and politically. In the end, the work was worth it for the painting however. And for the LGBT movement, which the CSD supported, the challenges will also be worth it. My painting is surely not perfect, but it is one of a kind. Like me. Like everyone.
Movement is hard to capture in the moment that it happens - an example of that is blurry pictures of something fast. Another unfortunate, and more personal, example is how I could not manage to edit the videos of me making the project with the resources and time available in the school. The change that comes from movement, and movement (almost) always causes change, is far more permanent than the movement itself. For example, although CSD is over, I am still happier whenever I think of it. Another example of change caused by movement is the paint all over me, which I dont regret in the least. My art will tell the story of me moving even when have stopped moving in that - or any - way. It is a fairly permanent reminder of a very fleeting but happy moment. And I personally think that is beautiful.
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