Making art is a constant evolution, in far too many ways to enumerate here, but on the other hand, showing by example is much easier. I find myself at a beginning point with a new project, which I hope to share with you. I’ve been offered a solo show at East Bay Sotheby’s in Oakland’s Montclaire district, planned for late July thru the middle of September of 2013. Since open studios is just a month or two previous, I’m hopeful to make all new work for the Sotheby’s show, beginning with the scans.
Any good art project begins with looking, so that’s where I’ll start my chronicles. Today I happen to be at Fort Ross, on the northern coast of California. My husband is a kayak angler, and went out on the ocean, giving me lots of time to unwind, soak in nature, and meditate. The fog was in pretty deep when we first arrived, but cleared quickly. Nonetheless a mood of introspection was set by the spectacular scenery engulfed in first fog then brilliant light. How could one fail to be inspired by such dramatic sights.
I don’t want to give the wrong impression; I will not be using these photos for anything other than inspiration. I view the camera as a tool for looking, a way to shut everything else out and connect with feeling the thing I’m looking at. I usually use a Fujifilm digital, but have scaled back my equipment-carrying to the iPad. The photo taking experience with an iPad is nothing like a camera, and I find it more than sub-standard compared to any type of camera: biggest problem is glare on the only surface you have to look at. Plus there aren’t any controls for any function other than (a fuzzy) zoom. That being said, it did provide a portal for beginning to look. The camera helps me isolate ideas and get to the richness I find in natures many facets. Layered color, sensual shapes, moody lighting. The photos may become simply a record of what I was thinking about while preparing for this show; or they may become a more direct reference in the work, such as shapes and how they relate to one another or how colors are layered.
That’s the beginning of the journey. After I move into my new studio later in September, I can begin the scans… I wonder which of these shapes will inspire new ideas for my library of objects?
I make things. These are some of my thoughts about making and being a maker.