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Amelia Pascoe: A reflection on FACENOW, a workshop by Ruudt Peters

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Published: 09.09.2014
Amelia Pascoe: A reflection on FACENOW, a workshop by Ruudt Peters.
Author:
Amelia Pascoe
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Klimt02
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A review by Amelia Pascoe about the workshop FACENOW given in The Netherlands from 28.Jul.2014 to 03.Aug.2014. The artist reveals her personal view on this experience and gives an appreciation on this event.
Amelia Pascoe was one of the students in the workshop FACENOW by Ruudt Peters and Estela Saez. After the experience, the artist wrote a review describing all the process of creation and how this workshop helped her to encounter the balance between inspiration, thoughts and emotions.

I travelled from New Zealand to Ravenstein via plane, train and automobile - converging with nine others winding their way from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, and the United States. Each of us laden with a vegetarian recipe, hand tools, pens, pencils, paint, fabric, other materials and pre-work shop assignments.

Destination: An ancient village in the countryside, windmills, canals, grass paddocks, horses, pigs, goats, cows, chickens, and turkeys, corn fields, rustic bicycles, a large farmhouse, a giant radio tower, a large open plan converted barn studio, lots of sun …and occasional rain thundering on a tin roof.

Destination: Meditation, blind drawing, collage, material exploration, scientific experimentation, film making, face painting, ritualistic work burning, mark making, mask making, ‘jewel’ making, aerial lantern decoration and ceremonial release, nature walks and bicycle rides, outdoor communal culinary feasts, conversation, play, enquiry, laughter and tears.

Destination: FACENOW, Ruudt Peters and Estela Saez.

Ruudt talks about good art being made up of three critical elements - the belly, the brain and the heart. In his opinion, a work must have a foundation of at least two of these and he firmly believes that when it comes to creativity, the belly is a much better brain.

Ruudt and Estela developed FACENOW from this starting point. Putting technical learning and conceptual development to the side, FACENOW was comprised of a wide-ranging series of exercises to help us activate the belly and to disengage the brain. We were challenged and supported to immerse ourselves in the ‘now’, to let go of control, to trust in the process, to reconnect with our inner child, to remove judgement, and to apply complete focus and dedication to every task at hand.

We made a diverse group –different ages, cultures, personal histories, academic training, creative approaches, styles, and aesthetics. Seeing how different people approached the same tasks to produce such a broad array of outputs was both insightful and inspiring. In fact, working together and learning from each other became a significant part of the process. Making new friends and extending our support networks was a wonderful bonus of this methodology. Ruudt was also incredibly insightful and very quickly honed into the core of each individual’s strengths, challenges and development opportunities. Almost eerily so – more than once his observations stopped me in my tracks.

My brain loves to get a look in, I like to have a plan, to be in control, and to problem solve. Most of all though I love those moments when my brain shuts down and magic just happens. I find it easy to get stranded between these left and right brain states and over recent years have become very curious about bridges. I hoped FACENOW might help me with this, and I feel sure that it has. I left the Netherlands armed with a long list of creative insights – both at a general level and in relation to my own creative practice and process. I also feel like I have been armed with a broad range of practical techniques for approaching my work from different perspectives and to help break through creative walls. I am now very much looking forward to integrating these into my practice and to seeing what comes. Watch this space!
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