In my current residency, I am exploring the nature of being (a/n/woman/artist) through my work ‘Artist: Existence, Visibility, Voice’. With an emphasis on play and pleasure as the spark of all becoming, I unearth, investigate, dance, laugh over and ponder the ground of my being within the astonishingly, liberatingly, revolutionarily vast space of my live-work studio.
The work/story/enchantment taking place through this process is embodied in myself, my sketch-book and the wall-wide work formed of personal mementoes, songs, quotations, texts, photos, paintings, objects, mysteries, mostly in the form of ‘ghost’ materials and elements conjured from a ‘memory stick’. The nearly-but-not-quite-form of the photocopied and printed elements hints at the ephemeral yet starkly present power of memory, the foundation of the ‘until now’. Over time the work will accumulate and grow beyond what I can currently understand, envision or grasp. Such is the future.
Alongside this work, I continue the editing of the novel that first brought me to Konstepidemin, a blend of contemporary female epic and künstlerroman inspired by the Easter Island tree of Gothenburg’s Botanical Gardens.
And perhaps continuing its story…
Elizabeth Sercombe is an artist, writer, researcher and facilitator, whose work continually inhabits questions and experiences of being and becoming. Her academic research was published in 2016 as Strange Adventures: Women’s Individuation in the Works of Pierrette Fleutiaux and unites and extends the psychology of Carl Jung and the philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir in the investigation of Fleutiaux’s heroines’ own transformations and leadership. Elizabeth’s commercial work invites individuals and organisations to embrace their own points of transformation with bold hope, thoughtfulness and a sense of adventure.