Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Artists inspired by movies: Cathy Lomax


Cathy Lomax started the Film Diary series in 2009, and in her dreamy watercolours depicts film stills of movies she's seen. As stated on her website:

'Everyday life is boring. This mind numbing drudgery needs to be punctured by episodes of escapism – events and situations encountered not in actuality but as an observer and then lived out within our heads. The most powerful and easily accessible escapist experience for most people is provided by film – 90 min slices of someone else's life.
   I decided to keep a diary of all the films that I watched, selecting one image from each to make into a small, rapidly executed painting, thereby providing a record of what it was that drew me in and kept me rapt. This could be viewed as one of those hugely un-scientific arbitrary exercises that artists' indulge in. But as with any other recording of everyday events the choices that I make in watching one film rather than another says something about me and probably defines me at that moment in time as much as anything could'.
Cathy Lomax, 2009 

Since the beginning of cinema, people have been escaping into the movies, and the impact of cinema on our lives can be quite profound. Often, we appropriate elements of cinema into our everyday lives as a way of dealing with it, whether dressing as a character, using a catch phrase or even thinking like them - "What would (name of your favourite movie character) do?" While listening to The Trashmen album, a kind of surfer based music, I said out loud, "I feel like I'm in a Tarantino film", even though though we where playing Zombies!!!



What I love about Lomax's series is how it isolates these moments, the scenes you will recall later and appropriate into your own personal nostalgia, and how it even acknowledges that we do that. She even narrates how she responds to each still at the bottom of her painting. As a fan of "un-scientific arbitrary exercises", I love the idea of consciously recognising this and recording it meticulously. I if was to create a list of how many films I was influenced by, it would be endless. I love this artist, and I love this series.

Layla

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