Research is integral to developing your work. Identify your interests and research the field to help you understand where your work fits in relation to the history and context of the field and subject. It is important to gain an understanding of the work that others have done or are currently developing. Think about how your work fits in relation to their work and understand your position – whether you are working against, in relation to, in response to, or regardless of that lineage. If you discover an artist you are particularly inspired by, try to contact them and interview them and build a relationship.
Words of Advice
“I think it is essential that your research comes directly from your own ideas and thinking. It needs to connect to you, who you are and your experience of the world you live in.”