This task felt like a huge and really difficult question for me to answer, there are so many things that I think inform my work. I began by roughly mapping out all the things about me that have the potential to impact on and influence they way I think about, approach and produce my work. My immediate gut response was “I have no idea”! I embarked on the MA course to try and find my voice, to try and find out what am really interested in making, what I want to say and why.
Once I really started to examine the different areas suggested in the brief and really reflect on what was happening it turned out to be a really interesting and important exercise and helped to get some answers to the questions I was seeking. What it has revealed so far is that it is a complex process with many layers to it. I need to revisit this again and again, it has the potential to be a useful tool in helping me to articulate where my work comes from and understand how it has evolved and devloped over time.
Below is an image of the snapshot I did on the day the task was set. The bottom image is the incomplete, but more in-depth mind map, I think of it as a work in progress, and is something that is likely to continue to shift, change and evolve in the same way that I do.