New paintings by J – the aesthetics of social arts practice

At the Monday Art Group many different creative purposes collide. Some women are developing their already advanced skills in painting, knitting or crochet. Others like to try out projects they have never done before. Some women have gifts to make and some, practical objects that fulfill daily needs. We work within the Shelter space and mostly with recycled materials which a provides a kind of aesthetic constraint, or container out of which the movement of our hands, the thoughts that move from material to the heart/mind and back out again in gesture, the showing and sharing of objects made, and comments “can you make me one?” and “yes, what colour would you like?” slowly begins to draw together a set of diverse material practices that indicate an aesthetics of social arts practice. Exciting and agonizing contrasts to explore as we put aesthetics to work in making language from the specific lives lived at the margins of capitalism and its culture industries.

J's beautiful paintings of birch trees.P1020914

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