It's been 60 days since my last post and I am happy to get back to sharing on this platform!
Recently, I purged my Studio of nearly 7 years (in the same space). I must admit it took 30 days of puttering around and finally within 2 weeks I successfully finished! It feels great, but adjusting is slowing me down quite a bit. My work station has moved to the center of our loft and all my materials are stored on a different wall. I returned to working on the same new series (In the Pocket) which began sometime in late May. Even in that short time, this work has shifted a bit in relationship to making paintings in the old work station to the new spot.
This week I'd like to share some of my drawings that I found in my files. I know repacking and storing the various bodies of work over the past 4 years is starting to come together for me. The slowing down of my working has been frustrating. However, I can begin to accept the need to stop and take stock of what I've been doing the past 7-10 years. Working everyday has been a steady practice for me. I love working all the time and the 'showing up' philosophy is deeply ingrained in me.
Here are some drawings which struck a familiar chord for me when I began editing drawings, and storing my sculptural explorations (calling them 'the wraps' for now).
Here are some of 'the wraps' I began making in 2014 with found materials and upcycled threads, string and yarn.
There are different opinions about our work and whether we are 'all over the place' or following some acceptable format in the world of art. I believe that whatever we are making, it is coming from that authentic place and there is going to be a relationship to who we are at any given period. Some artmakers don't share their in between processes. I find it important in my personal process and have learned the importance of listening to myself first, and letting the (not so easy) outside voices fall away from me.
Structure is essential for me in my work as well as in my personal life. But, I am always reminding myself I must breathe and allow the form and shape of the work to breathe also.