Anna lives and practices in Wirksworth and is a member of Haarlam Art Space. Joanna lives in Belper and works as an Artist and Lecturer. Anna and Joanna have known each other for 10 years and have shared interests in text art, body-image-space and philosophy. This was an exciting opportunity to work together on their joint interests, and to enjoy the freshness of collaboration and a more open-ended approach.
Skateboard encounters seem to reshape time and space, and have been referred to as trials by space, slices of time, reshaping the architecture of our town cites. We explored a number of terms related to skateborders tricks, descriptions of experiences and writing on skateboarding and the city. We found that space, body and temporal spaces were also present in the Japanese philosophy Wabi Sabi: ‘beauty can spontaneously occur at any moment given the proper circumstances, context or point of view.’
The gestures of lines across the board are created from phrases which were digitally manipulated to stretch across a drawn line. The long diagonal stroke is ‘Gapes wide the void’, and the strike through lines, ‘trials by space’. We developed phrases and terms to explore the psychology and philosophy of moving through and defining spaces. The textual gestures sweep through the space of the board to encapsulate an idea of liminal space, time and motion. Combined with action, spontaneity and gestures to produce a physical sense of thought occupying space.