The concept of following the work and trusting in the process is often used, and it is true for me as a process painter. Here at home with my jazz musician partner we often discuss our process and that saying of, "go where the music is". Following the work takes time especially when we are in the middle of a transition in our process or starting after a long fallow period.
Process in art, and in life is an instinctive part of who I am. In this post I’d like to share some information on the evolution of how I dropped into a new current series of work in progress today, entitled "In The Pocket".
Making art and creating every day has been a large part of my life as far back as I can remember. When I was 10, my mother frequently complained that I could never sit still and always so busy with my hands— drawing, painting, playing and mixing colors, excited to do gardening work, sewing, designing paper dolls, playing the piano, knitting, writing in my diary, playing with my Barbie dolls and building set designs out of old boxes, cardboard and tape to make a whole world, and getting out tagging along with Dad to a Tai Chi Studio in San Francisco's Chinatown. (I am an only child and was very lonely growing up with a strict socializing censorship with non-Chinese Americans, so turning to creating something everyday to connect to something was a survival instinct).
In my last post, I talked about the experimentation with found book covers and various materials. Looking over the photos of these pieces (from 2014) ignited an interest strong enough to push me forward to see what could happen, (now 3 years later). I began to get to work and take a shot at mimicking the surface of the found book covers. The idea of creating worn paper and weathered cardboard layers opened up a small project that didn’t cost much in materials. I was pretty excited to begin figuring it out and taking on some problem-solving activity. I enjoy a challenge and figuring out how materials interact. Staying close to my process now is stimulating and documenting with photographs and studio notes is what I like to do.
I went on the search for Japanese Papers and bumped into a good sale for some handmade Japanese papers. A beautiful paper, Okawara (new to me), was on clearance and I bought 15 sheets to start and began wrapping them on 7”x5” canvas boards. Very shortly, I moved onto 12”x9” boards. Soon after I moved to a bit larger format, 18”x14”. Offering me more space to work with more color and more materialsI worked on these for a few weeks, and the space opened up more experimentation with line and mixing more materials together. Unfortunately, the boards were showing small signs of warping with my building up multiple layers, scrapping back, creating abrasions and excavating the mark making history.
Here are some details of the experimentation with the 12"x9" boards wrapped with Okawara Japanese papers.
Following the work and trusting in the process has taken much patience the past 3 years. In 2014, my life and work came to a new big stop when my Dad passed away. I am grateful to my partner, family and friends in real time and on social media for their support. I spent most of the past few years exploring different ideas including sculptural 3-D work, spending time in my sketchbooks, some drawing and enjoyed a long summer in 2016 making digital images in photoshop with my own drawings and merging/manipulating them in photoshop and AdobeShapeCC. I suffered from existential depression and isolation due to caregiving, loss, grief and limitaions in my health. It's been a slow and long recovery, but getting back to the studio is somewhat of an unexpected happy surprise.
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A recent studio shot of the new "In The Pocket" work that is currently in process.
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The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.