Our flights of fancy might go anywhere but they always start from somewhere. Artists often struggle to find a place where they can physically expand their ideas, without public scrutiny and TOPOS is open to propositions.
Just before AWE kicked off, Exeter artist Bettina Amtag got to try out some things in the TOPOS space. Bettina describes what happened to her work plan as she started out in the space:
‘I had a fairly firm idea of how I was going to use my time at TOPOS and of the kind of work I was going to make.
This plan went out of the window very quickly. TOPOS is a very exciting space and that can be a little daunting and even intimidating, if you normally work in a small studio. The size, and the possibilities which come with it, were at first very scary to me, and it took me nearly two weeks to overcome the panic, which I eventually did by abandoning my usual working practice. Instead, I physically explored the space; I felt it with hands and body and listened to its sounds. I engaged and responded, and this process felt liberating. The work I then made is still concerned with loneliness, but it has a different tone, a different angle than work made before. I discovered an almost light-hearted playfulness, which I hadn’t been fully aware of.’
Bettina’s two week process was rounded off by a public sharing and discussion of her work and she is looking forward to her second research period in June.