I find collage art deeply satisfying. There’s no design in mind when I face the paper. I try to use what’s in front of me, but of course I have unconscious color and shape preferences that surface when I approach the paper/materials with the intention to set aside judgement. Then my artistic language shows up which I can use in other work, or I “get over” being embarrassed to use the female imagery that arises.
On Fridays my artist friend, Lola Baltzell, @lolabaltzell, gets together with her artist friend, Amy Solomon, @amysolomon_studio, for an hour and a half to make art. Impromptu and spontaneous. I was recently invited and went today. It’s wonderful to be in the presence of artists- stimulating, creative and empowering. Below is one image I made today. We were at Cafe Nero in Brookline Village. So images as well and the table were we worked (those are Lo’s hands).
I’ve had this African sculpture for a long time. Supposedly it represents a twin, so there is a missing companion. I’m a Gemini so there’s an attraction to this object plus it’s very beautiful. Occasionally, when I remember, I rub it with oil and it shines. It’s one of my power figures.
I used to think still life compositions as static, a grouping of unrelated objects. Perhaps because in school or art classes they usually were/are and so it was more a matter of Carl putting form and texture- but I find looking at objects that have meaning is more interesting to me, yet I have to admit, looking at things with interest and curiosity invests them with meaning.
These were created last month and came from one piece. I tore the original in half. If I have a picture of the original I’ll post next time. Similar theme but now two quite separate pieces.
Incorporating more writing/calligraphy in my work.
i’ve returned to this image many times. in target-no. 1 and on and on to infinity-no. 2, i use target paper with bullet holes. an aggressive imagery intertwined with female imagery. there are no binaries.