I was geekily excited about this as, in a nutshell, this is the basis of the concept of my current studio practice. It is particularly interesting to get a different perspective on Konrad Smigielski, who was Leicester City Council’s Planning Officer in the 1960s. Most of the other information I have found about Smigielski portrays him as almost villainous, so it is interesting to discover that not only did he inherit a lot of the work that was undertaken during his tenure (rather than initiate it), but that the vision he had is what Leicester has now to some extent become.
I am reaching a point now where I need to start playing around with visual ideas from the research I have already completed. I often get so distracted by finding new information that the time to actually put ideas into action seems to slip away from me.
I have several threads of ideas that I want to try out but actually pulling those threads together is going to be challenging, probably frustrating, but hopefully worthwhile.
My tendency to layer imagery is something that I definitely want to exploit and play-upon in these new works. In order to get myself moving, and experimenting, the plan is to start on smaller canvases with a view to developing larger works once that I have found an aesthetic that communicates in the way that I want it to.
*Resists temptation to look up more local history stuff*