Monday, May 14, 2012

My Biggest Struggle With Creating Is My Mind....

I have been at OBRAS artist residency in Renkum, Holland since the beginning of April.  My goal was to create 30 new one of a kind pieces while I was here.  I'm not sure if I will reach 30 will be close. 
My biggest struggle with creating here has been my mind.  Big surprise.  I keep saying these things to myself "Just play, explore, experiment, take risks, try new things"....."but, what am I doing? Is this going to become a sellable line? How am I going to make money?"   It's like the 2 sides of my brain are debating inside of me.  
I try to remember what Heidi Schwegler said when I heard her speak about doing 4 artist residencies in 1 year, at last years SNAG conference.  She said that the real work happened when she returned from the residency and she learned that her job at the residency was to take in as much information as she could - to take photos, to explore,  and to really take the time to see things.  
I've spent a lot of time creating at my studio space here in Renkum, but I have also taken the time to really see things.....
At a Farmers Market on my trip to Prague.  Hippy boys and hot metal.
Prague, earth, buildings, sky.
Prague, The importance of inviting beauty inside. 
kroller muller museum
Sculpture Park, Kroller Muller Museum, Holland. 
sculpture park, kroller muller museum

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Telling The Truth

"Telling the truth is like spreading the underside of your wings, you see that part only when you fly" 
- Sabrina Ward Harrison. 

I brought the above words with me on my artist residency
I also brought images of birds in flight, wings, butterflies, flowers, flying sculptures........

Sculptures by Ranjani Shettar
Papaya Art

My life for the past couple of years has been moving.  At times I've been pushing it..... and dragging it forward. At other times its been tunneling right over me and I haven't been sure if I can catch up with it.  
Through-out all of this movement I've had my feet firmly planted on an earth that was familiar, my home, my life, my apartment, my street. 
Until now.  I needed to firmly step off of solid ground - on my terms this time......and fly.  
For these reasons my work while in Holland has been influenced by the ideas of flight, moving, propelling forward, leaping, taking risks, changing, evolving, wings, wheels, growth, petals, freedom, letting go, growth, renewal.......

felt and copper brooch
"Telling The Truth", Brooch - copper, wire, felt, thread