If you did not know we have relocated to Roswell New Mexico to do an artist residency for a year. So it is May 14th and we have been in Roswell now for nearly 2 and a half months. The last time we undertook a residency was 2010 in Linz, Austria and we were really at the beginning of trying to cement our collaborative practice with each other. Scoot forward quite a few years and our artistic collaboration and life together has come a long way through some great and tough times.
It is easy to be reflective here in Roswell as we have so much space physically and mentally. A space that has been needed for a long time. We have settled here fairly easily which suggests we were more than ready for the change. But our work has always needed change. It thrives on different experiences and situations, it is really the only way it can progress and it progresses alongside our life.
We have consistently turned the experiences from our life into the many solo exhibitions and projects we have undertaken. Each has been an important step in attaining some form of self knowledge. They chart the decisions we have made and the thoughts we have had in dealing with our pasts, the present world external to us and the one we have been creating for ourselves. Like an ongoing experiment leading us to build up and chart our own philosophies which remain conflicted and full of ambiguities. We ask ourselves so many questions about norms and behaviours, always seeking to be perceptive to others’ attitudes about contemporary life and art in order to keep moving. All of this then helps to inform the work we make; a complicated display of ideas and forms from a dialogue between 2 strange brains.
And with that here we are in Roswell. We are drawing and thinking, getting some sunshine, dealing with ourselves and fitting right in as aliens. And we are excited about whatever the outcomes may be!Also check out the new online exhibition created by Paddy called The Male Sundae at http://cargocollective.com/TheMaleSundae