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Lynn Weddle and Anya Ustaszewski: Living Portraits - disability arts online
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On whose terms? / 27 May 2014

We’re both exploring what it means for us to be artists to ultimately have and take the time, to be indulgent with all its implications.

It continues to be really challenging for us both to break out of what we know and do best.  That’s not to say that we don’t know (and love) our respective practices.

It is however a while since we’ve had our own showcase, exhibitions.  We’re both exploring what it means for us to be artists to ultimately have and take the time, to be indulgent with all its implications.

What is heartening in our early engagement trialing the techniques with willing subjects, we still have to use our expertise in building a rapport – to real depths,  employing  our respective skills in sensitivity in order that we can ultimately make the best art possible. 

We hit a place where one of our subjects found the process deeply disturbing with the thought that footage taken would be out of her control.   Our first reaction to this would be to follow this subject’s desire, yet many aspects of this first foray delighted us.  A dilemma.  What happens if our young subjects are not happy with the artwork made?  And we are?

We are daily questioning how our art forms will sit in situ with each other in portraiture, how they will live, breathe, react and invoke/ evoke.