As this project draws to an end, so also will this blogsite. I am pleased that I have this comprehensive documentary of my journey over the past 10-months. But fear not, I have started another blog to document what happens from here at: www.nataliedowseart.blogspot.com
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
I have arrived!
On 1st September 2006 I was moving into the Artists’ Union of Latvia building; it was to become home for four weeks. Little did I know that exactly a year later I’d be moving to another new place? I am once again a stranger in a city that needs to be explored. My immediate city centre surroundings are become more familiar to me with each passing day as I recognise the local landmarks, cafes, shops and restaurants. It is a very different experience to being in Latvia. Here there is the familiar amongst the unfamiliar, the high street chain stores easily recognisable – each city and town having the same clothing and window dressing. However, it is their location that is different amongst the unknown street map. A trip to the ‘out of town’ ASDA store illustrates his point. I needed to use my sat-nav to get me there (sad I know), I arrive, the layout of the car park is unfamiliar but the logo, colour scheme and identity is instant and unmistakable. Once inside the store I could have been in any ASDA in the country – roughly the same layout – it was easy! Out to the car park – it is then that I realise that I can’t find my car amongst the fake familiarity. After nonchalantly walking about I find it, once again I use sat-nav to get me home.
This is all very obvious – but I find that being in this situation makes me become a more of an observer. I find myself noticing more through fresh eyes as I work hard to find my way around. Being alone compacts this further.
Derby Evening Telegraph, Wednesday 5th September:
Headline: DOG DIGS UP HUMAN HAND
Page 16: Art ‘rebels’ hail success
Back page sport: RAMS WINDOW SHOPPING