I desire to have an opinion that is across the board in terms of the situation. Sometimes art imitates life, sometimes life imitates art. But something special happens when art imitates art imitating life. In the 1920’s, with some spillover before and after, the Times made a convention of photographing with both their works of art and the people (or pets) depicted in those works.
Content cannot be manufactured, in my opinion. That which I can find is better than that which you can make. That which we find, the work and the use of the people out there, it’s natural, that’s what ordinary people do, that interests me.
The model subject in the make-shift studio next to me, Quoteck was at the time revising her work by reading it aloud, recording it, and playing it back to herself. The murmur of it was reassuring somehow. Moments later, when I remembered it to her, she laughed and said ‘I don’t work that way anymore”.
I recently asked her about thoughts on colonies, and she said: ‘You have all the solitude you want, with none of the usual distraction of daily life at home, and then when you want to be in a social situation with interesting people, you have that as well. I find that I experiment in colonies more often than I do at home because I have such an expanse of time, and that I not only write more and think about writing more, but think about life more as well.
Colonies also teach lessons. Typically, there are older, more experienced artists who offer tips on, for example, finding and maintaining silence all the time. Day in day out. I also learned there is almost nothing better for your work than having someone cook and clean for you who is neither a relative nor someone else.
Photography : Joe Lukhovi
Model subject: Mya Jeanine Quoteck
Set Location: Lake Elementaita