R&D 2 | Coincidence

Week two of this project starts with me scratching my head. I’m still no nearer to understanding what I want to do in this two month long research and development project. I don’t make it easy for myself. Most of so-far has resulted only in a list of things I don’t want to do, which doesn’t help the doing. I now know for example, that I don’t want to limit my expression to making an expressive thing! by which I mean I don’t want to see too much of myself in it. I’d like to think of this as a methodology towards thinking out of the box, or as a desire to surprise oneself. In my case it’s mostly driven by the fact that I don’t like my own expressive mark, something about it always annoys me. I suppose it’s a bit similar to not liking your own hand writing, or the sound of your own recorded voice. It’s another reason why I use machines and process to produce outcomes.


Designs for a mobile shed-gallery sculpture

A method I use to enable the unexpected is to allow outside influence. I encourage the fact that I am gullible. I look at a lot of art and imagery and let associations run freely. I take on all comments and criticism. I also like to listen to coincidence, for example an applicable event heard through the news, or through music or something somebody says etc. If the coincidence captures the imagination it sticks in my mind. If coincidentally the coincidence repeats I call it fate and then it matters, I’ll incorporate it. This week’s fate, for whatever reasons included a sawmill, a rake, some toy blocks, flowers, springtime, a chalk board, and a garden shed.

I read somewhere that coincidence is just about making yourself susceptible to specific random events. Ergo, luck is something you make happen. Whatever it is, I like it because it enables me to feel one step removed from the creative process. I like to imagine that I’m working in collaboration with the universe

Either way, I now feel that I have something to work on.




In my room


This blog-post forms a part of an Arts council funded ‘Research and Development’ project.

The artists involved are Daniel May, working in collaboration with the artist Ben Lloyd

This project is sponsored by The Arts Council of Wales


One thought on “R&D 2 | Coincidence

  1. Ben Lloyd

    Stop scratching your head and get on with it!
    The drawings are clearly your own Danny, I could spot them a mile off, this is in response to you thinking you don’t like your own expressive drawing/mark-making style. I think most artists struggle with this and thats perhaps why so many have given up mark-making, painting, drawing as it is quite exposing; there’s no hiding from drawing as it shows who you are. With that in mind you could consciously choose to embrace it or completely change how you approach it. Perhaps by using something you can’t rub out when it goes a bit awry.

    Looking at these drawing I can see Giacometti and Ernst, is this deliberate?

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