During my engineering apprenticeship I learned to create, read and work from detailed drawings. We dealt with scale, projections, developments and basic geometry used in setting out components and spaces. I came to appreciate the practice of expressing three dimensional ideas, in a two dimensional language of lines and symbols.
At art college I became interested in other forms of visual material with the ability to convey information. I was not so much interested in the information, which may be more or less believable, but in the power of the artifact to make us accept something as fact.
Later I played with bits of creative writing, old radios, reel to reel tape recorders, old stills cameras and super 8 film cameras. Mediums through which information is made and sold to us. I tried to get a grip on the little people inside the boxes, along side my everyday reality.
Of course this statement is edited and has its omissions and inclusions. This process of choosing what to present can be a very powerful tool which can be used to misinform and confuse.
We each have our own editing room, a space in which to question reality and attempt to reconcile the pieces. It is this grey area, or ambiguous moment, where received information meets experience, via some kind of intervening visual language, which continues to fascinate me.
John E Walter