Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Trace, Transition, Witness

Transition Trace - In Process
spray paint, oil and cold wax on canvas
30" x 150"

This is the beginning of my "dark to light" studio experiment #1.
I am starting to think about the indexical trace of weather, and emotions as weather systems that move through the body.

Forms, witness - In process
oil and cold wax on paper
48" x 38"

These are two representational works on paper that I am painting over. I am using the smaller vertical form study from last semester as a starting point and experimenting with the scale to see how that might shift my navigation of the piece. I absolutely love working with masking and playing with hiding and finding the textures and images from the older works is really fun!

Here they are together. I have been trying to pay attention to the images I see during my day and how they may be moving through my subconscious into my work, and I wonder if these dark shapes are trees? They remind me of the deepest layer of trees in the woods I run through during the day - or perhaps from my evening runs, the night trees silhouetted against the urban-lit sky.
The trees always Witness.

...another studio experiment... sketching the series - adding text...a stack of these are outside in the rain now - lets see what the weather wants to say...

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I am Here.

Hello February.

After coming home from Boston, I had a great transitional meeting with Helen, and my new mentor, Carol Adelman. They encouraged me to re-think my studio space once again, and I added another dry-wall surface for painting, and removed my giant bookcase and easel from the space. I have included some pictures here of the new layout, complete with painting starts, which I will write about in a future post, when they are further along.

The Spring Residency in Boston was amazing. It brought new inspiration, ideas and goals to my practice, as well as amplified challenges in time management. This semester I am already moving further outside of my comfort zone - pushing myself to get the work done despite an increased teaching schedule and the usual demands of life. I am here - filled with gratitude to have these days overflowing with experiences, tasks, and projects that make up the artistic practice that is my life. Breathe.