way too much happening –nope, nuh uh, nah
Thanks for the input on my last post and on FB regarding which layout was “best”. As i was editing my statement for this one, i realized that it gave me a clue as well! I’ve decided to change the spacing a bit and use all of the red “tissue” over. And look Ma! No spine! Not a comment on the work, but as it turned out, i just didn’t like it in there no matter what i did with it, which is fine because the inspirational piece had nothing like it. I couldn’t force the issue. Sometimes ya just gotta dropkick an idea into the corner and let it whimper and whine, forgotten. I had nightmares last night that the red roundelles/cells/blood droplets wouldn’t hang properly within their areas so revised the attachment procedure there as well. I was going to do dissolvable threadwork for them too but decided the simpler solution of lacing them to the main piece was better. KISS again!
Jennifer, took your skeletal advice to heart, and the spine may show on another piece someday.
The problem with this one actually is that for this show it was to be mounted on black coreboard to maintain some unity with the other pieces in the show. This is the way we showed the originals (now inspiration for these show pieces) on the final day of the workshop. I talked to Karin and my solution is to mount it on a framed stretched canvas, presenting it on black which was/is my intent anyways. I feel it supports the weight better visually and literally–because of the way these pieces were made, the front is heavier than the back, if that makes sense. (What a pain to attach to the canvas though…….)
Yuppers, that’s a wrap, pack it up, party’s over
Sue mentioned letting it be more sculptural, in the round, and while that thought was in my mind at one point, the constraints of the exhibition space and the Salon style presentation won’t allow it. We can’t be “deeper” than an inch in 3d, as it’s a high traffic area, and i’m assuming there may be possible intrusion of passing body parts! I’m also quite honestly, while liking the end result, am not in love with it enough to do anything further with it.
On a personal note (and what to an artist regarding her/his art isn’t?), Shock Therapy is not about actual electrocution as “therapy” (abhorrent thought!)—it’s about pulling back your own art skin and finding out where the level of pain and discovery is. This isn’t a definitive representation of what i’ve been through this year, but close enough in that i feel like i’ve been split open, re-arranged and put back together inside out! Not a bad thing really, just part of the process. It’s not all i am either. I know i am not, will never be and don’t want to be like anyone else, style, intellect or practice wise. I am who i am, and that’s all there is to it. If that sounds too serious or self important, well, it’s still better than some of the granola bar phrases i’ve seen around the interwebs
So, that’s out of the way, and i can move to completing work for another deadline now. As full of pressure as that is, i’m getting a lot done this year because of all the deadlines i’ve had! I’ll be revamping the 2012 gallery as well to show the results of all the fretting, spitting, splitting, guh-nashing of teeth and pulling of hair.
Onward and upward! Tally-ho! Andiamo! Vite!