Artist in residence David Smith and Sarah Searson, Director of The Dock, will discuss his art practice and a new project, Reflective Space which David is undertaking as part of his 2021 residency.
Presented in association with Bealtaine Festival 2021 Roots & Shoots programme.
The premiere showing of this interview will be streamed here on May 19th
Reflective Space is a collaborative project by David Smith, working with an intergenerational group in the west of Ireland. The project brings together the disciplines of visual art, film, music, poetry and mindfulness and explores themes of nature, stillness, landscape and meditation.
The project has evolved from aspects in Smiths art practice including his recent film and score, EóMughna’s Lament, commissioned by The Dock, which looks at our fractured relationship to landscape and nature. The project also draws on his experience of living and working in Hong Kong over many years. Dealing with the intensity of living and working in such a dense city brought about an interest in spaces, both physical and mental that reflect a pause, an escape or a breath, creating a balance or moment of necessary reflection. These themes have been explored in many facets through his painting practice and more recently through works in music and moving image.
Reflective Spaceis a title that evokes both a physical and mental space where the mind’s activities are reduced and quietened, allowing a closer observation of the mind and the processes of nature and the immediate environment.
If art is a reflection or evolution of lived experience, then mindfulness heightens and focuses that experience.
As part of the project, David will work with a poet and a mindfulness practitioner to deliver a series of workshops and sessions to an intergenerational group where these elements can be investigated through paint, film, words and meditation. The works produced will be combined to form parts of an art film that evokes the heart of these themes.