(Im)perfection

(Im)perfection

Timothy Betton

My practice is concerned with the process of mapping and plotting. I am aware that in this vast landscape we live in, most of what is around us is empty space. The objects and things that sit within the empty space are plotted but the emptiness itself is forgotten about. This led me to think about how we often disregard the feeling of emptiness. We are constantly on a quest for a finished product and see emptiness or unfinished as a failure. Inspired by Japanese Zen Culture which gives insight into the emptiness of inherent existence I made work whereby I concentrate on the space around the marks I have made. I take an area that is forgotten about and make it the focal point. It has become an obsession of mine noticing the space that surrounds everything and plotting it. I purposefully left the shapes ‘unfinished’ to question the inherent human nature of wanting things to be ideal and complete. Whilst I am ultimately plotting the ‘emptiness’ in my life, the process of making the work has become a therapy; beautifying something that is often forgotten about and appreciating imperfection. 

(Im)perfection. 3x A1 Board. Pen and crayon.

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