I am aware that I’m a slow blogger. Except by definition I’m glacial.
I’m pretty prolific when it comes to drafting posts though. There are lots of draft posts in the pot. 29 draft posts abandoned. This is one of them.
I came across this never-finished post from February last year. The title ‘Desperately seeking..’ pertained to gaps/wants/needs in my art practice and here is the list I wrote back then:
Technical foci looking for a SUBJECT:
oils, layers, use of transparency, [representation of ] folds, fur, weaving
Expressive/aesthetic obsessions looking for a FORM:
Fibre (texture, pattern, colour), digital (layers, textures, objects), painting (surface, texture, objects, Pareidolia)
Symbols and images looking for a PERSONAL METAPHOR
Rabbit, flower, kikyo, moon, fish
At the time I was reflecting on what I was doing and wondering how to resolve some of the many threads that I was working on.
Post my exhibition SPIN I can look back on this list with some pleasure. I understand the things I was seeking then and can now say that I have found some solutions.
Regarding Technical foci looking for a subject: oils, layers, use of transparency, [representation of ] folds, fur, weaving
I continue to build technical skills. Back then I was testing how to achieve depth in my paintings, together with stylisation in representation of surface and form. Right now I am focused on using transparent layers in my oil paintings and continuing to develop mixed media layering in acrylic and collaged works. The subject matter I have found revolves around water, spherical forms and still life. These objects and materials are an obvious choice for technical studies. Here are some examples:
Regarding Expressive/aesthetic obsessions looking for a form: Fibre (texture, pattern, colour), digital (layers, textures, objects), painting (surface, texture, objects, Pareidolia)
This list of ‘things’ are endlessly intriguing me. I play with textures, patterns and shape in felted forms (I need to take good photos and will dedicate another post to that). My current digital works have more depth and detail and I am experimenting with dimensions and materials to better represent atmosphere, surfaces and objects. Digital and fibre forms have proved worthy to play out these obsessions.
Regarding Symbols and images looking for a personal metaphor: Rabbit, flower, kikyo, moon, fish
These symbols still appear throughout my works and have now been joined by new fetishes—such as pineapples, bugs, mist, stones, crows and the colour yellow. Through my series of digital works all these images have become compositional threads. But they’re more than just visual devices. These things appear and reappear in my real world. They appear in unexpected ways thereby always drawing attention to themselves. If some of my works border on the surreal it may be because the real and the imagined are dancing together through time.
From all of this comes a new push to explore all these things further.
PS I don’t know what day this is of my 1000 days but I have a year to D-day!
It’s inspiring how you’ve gone back and looked at what you’d wanted then, and analyzed your journey & growth. If I try it, it turns out pretty vague – goals are the starting point, but they require some self-awareness of oneself as an artist (and about one’s art) first, don’t they? 🙂
Hope you continue to find satisfaction and joy in your evolution!
Thanks for your insights Anita! It’s always good to hear from another artist in the midst of the toil. Yes, there’s satisfaction but it sure takes a long time to both progress and understand what it is that you’re doing 😊
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