Monday, November 25, 2013

The Ralire Study

The Ralire Study

  • Having spent some time working on CAPI over a long contemplative summer , I noticed that entries in my sketchbook were starting to feel a little vague, cruising around too many topics at once without really being able to hold my attention
  • I have come to realise that my creative brain runs on high power most days, generating an immense amount of data, ideas and when I try and focus it as a teaching of sorts I loose authenticity , loose the ability to depict of where I am actually coming from I arrived there ..and all the little nuances in between .
  • After 10 years of " playing" with technique I have naturally arrived at a point where I am ready to embrace a more personal indepth exploration of my artmaking, bare the reason for my visual narrative , the drive behind that which causes me to make a creative response.
  • To that extend my CAPI journey continues with the Birth of a research project called " THe Ralire Study "
  • I have set up a dedicated blog if you care to follow , here a peek at what I have been up to so far

NO:::1 Random Linear Remnants - An Introduction to The Ralire Study

Inquiry into the Resonant Nature of Random Linear Remnants through Artist's Eyes - The Ralire Study by Milliande Demetriou
  •  RALIRE - stands for RAndom LInear REmnants

At the base of this research study lies the question of 

  • Why do random linear remnants resonate?


As an artist a wide variety of inspiration enters my daily awareness and when I consciously started noticing that I am strongly drawn to irregular patterns, worn and torn surfaces, linear remnants that seem to appear as a result of another motion unpredictable in nature, it started a sequence of thoughts that ended in a question. 

Why do random, organic, unintentional linear marks resonate with me as opposed to pre-determined , orderly, deliberate marks ? 

After lots of conversations and experiences in company of other artists it seems to me that a lot of visually creative people are inspired by the same kind of marks that can be found in nature and the immediate environment. Whether that is peeling paint, torn down walls, lines in beach pebbles, marks in tree bark, roadside cracks , drips and spills of paint on concrete walls, rust marks on found metal and the list goes on, yet seems to have one element in common. 

These marks are random .. or at least to the casual observer they seem to be.

They are often the result of another process that has created these lines but they seem to appear in an unpredictable manner. 

When looking closer for me there seem to be another, deeper resonance, when the marks also became remnants, when the lines seem to have been made as the result of another motion but with NO INTENT of actually creating the line.
The line or linear mark resulted as a by-product of another motion, which I affectionately termed my " Random Linear Remnants".

So in acknowledging that these kind of marks resonate, inspire and awaken the artistic muse within to create the question of " WHY" arose.

Why do random Linear Remnants resonate ? 

Why do predictable, intentional lines not resonate ?

Do all artists find random linear remnants beautiful ?

Are there others that prefer an orderly set of linear marks ?

Is Human capable of producing true random marks with intent?

What is the nature of perception?

I found all these question intriguing because no obvious answer seem to present itself. Continuing to follow my curious train of thought I discovered for myself another subdivision to the initial random line in the way these lines were made and by " whom".

Random Line ( a line/linear mark occurring at random)

Random Linear Remnant ( a line/ linear mark occurring at random, without intent and as a by-product of another motion, the line is a leftover result of that motion )

Random Linear Remnant when Nature marks Nature ( NmN) 
Random Linear Remnant when Nature marks Human ( NmH) Random Linear Remnant when Human marks Nature ( HmN) Random Linear Remnant when Human marks Human (HmH )
( a line/ linear mark occurring at random, without intent and as a by-product of another motion made because NmN, NmH, HmN, HmH , the line is a leftover result or that motion

( def ::: for the purpose of this study Human = Human and/or man made )

At this point in the development of these thought patterns I reached an internal state of wanting to take this questioning further into focus and document the process as a research study. 

Traditional research methods of a quantitative nature and within the context of already available literature on the chosen topic seem to not offer me an opportunity to find an answer.

During the year of questioning, observing and pondering I happend upon the book " Transforming Self and Others through Research" by Rosemarie Anderson and William Braud and within it the introduction to the concept of " Transpersonal Research". 

I felt a deep resonance that this kind of process would be a pathway worth exploring.

The individual researcher, me, experiences the research as an active, central focus throughout all aspects of her life.  It would result in an honest, insightful and deeply personal response to inquiry. 

Pondering further I was curious to see whether the actual transpersonal research would be able to stand alone as an art form in and of itself . 

These are the beginnings of exploring this pathway with a view of finding a potential answer to the question and stimulating creative responses in the process. 

Transpersonal Research as an Art Form - Method 

 Define Transpersonal Research as an Artfom 
  • Beyond - Across - Through
  • researcher's intuitive inquiry leads to insight
  • a deep breath and compelled stay ( referred to as Breath Stay ) arise at each new encountered potential puzzle piece
  • the Breath Stay facilitates a break from further inquiry and space for a creative response to that new found information whether relevant connection has been thoroughly established or not
  • researcher remains wide open and intuitively observant allowing new pathways of inquiry and/or insight to arise as a result of creatively responding to a puzzle piece

Structure of Inquiry 

  • Research through Literature and Personal Experience
  • Breath Stay
  • Noticing on what compelled this Breath Stay ?
  • Logbook
  • Sketchbook
  • Creative Response
  • Relevant Artist Studies
  • General Research Notes
 ( please note I will NOT be posting the Ralire Study at this blog, but at its dedicated blog at .. please subscribe by email or RSS feed to be kept updated if you like

 you can take a peek of how far I have come to date here

::: Breathstay 1 Extended 



Examples of ARTWORK CREATED during Breathstay 1 of the The Ralire Study so far

 you can take a peek of how far I have come to date here

::: Breathstay 1 Extended  


... Milliande :-)