As 2020 drew to an end, I was left reflecting on how to create work within the restrictions of the UK Government, saying what we can and cannot do. It is difficulty to absorb the constant negative voices in the media, having to hear the word (Don't-Not allowed-be safe-do not mix with family or friends in other house holds. This has a great mental affect on all of us, though we are told that the arts have really suffered, and it isn't easy, for me being in the arts has always had it lack of funding and support especially in conceptual performance art. Music venues and Theatres are suffering, but in reality we are all suffering.
I wake up and ask myself what can I do as an artist, so came up with the idea of making my garden into an everchanging gallery and making installations. The recent one that I invited the community to make a face for 2021 to come together through art, using art as a way forward, to make our mark, being somewhere physical. My house is on a public pathway so it gets a fair share attention, its a small space but I managed to use it well.
I recently watched a film made behind the scenes, which was filmed around the area I grew up, its strange seeing the family house on film, and the streets I aimlessly wondered about as a youth. Check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTrVLIVynyA
Spike Mclarrity is a live art performance artist. He also paints, photographs, makes installations from a wide diverse range of mediums and materials. Spike has an MA in performance and Visual practices. He travels all over the world performing and makes regular trips to Japan.