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The Restlessness Was In My Nature (it agitated me to pain sometimes)

(Added 19 September 2010)

Gerald Leslie Brockhurst (1890 − 1978) ADOLESCENCE, etching, 1932
Sitter: Dorette Woodward
P2406 – British Art Collection

“In 1929 Brockhurst met Kathleen Woodward when she was a 17 year old model at the Royal Academy Schools in London. Their relationship developed rapidly and Brockhurst rechristened her Dorette; the pair eloped to America amidst great scandal.” – British Art Collection

Recently Leisure has been investigating the idea of restlessness – the tension and expectation of inhabiting a space in between or on the cusp of another. A conceptual state that is at once a holding space and full of action, restlessness is at a loss for what it doesn’t yet embody or possess. It anticipates. It desires. It is reaching for another condition.

Restlessness is often seen as marginalized space – a necessary but temporary condition that must be fought through and against to achieve an end result or status quo, stability and security. Life, however, never ceases to shift and be in flux, it is an inescapable constant; it is what drives us forward,produces change, revolution and regeneration.

Restlessness is complex, inconsistent and paradoxical. It is a difficult, unsure and often solitary place to inhabit. But can, nevertheless, be an extremely interesting and productive space, where anticipation and imagination flourish, where unexpected reflection and exchange take place. In this sense restlessness acts as a rhizomatic space – full of dissidence, unrest, exchange and production.

Leisure Projects is putting together a “Restless Reader” or bibliography of restlessness in literature, which you can look forward to finding on our website.

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