Today, after dealing with a high level of stress due to choices about the future, applying to grad schools, keeping up with school, working, and being social I had no patience for conceptual art. I went to my studio to work on a sculpture that I am currently struggling with and felt numb. I often get so worried about the reasoning behind my work that I forget about what I'm making and why I'm making it in the first place. But today was an inspiring day; I went to a show at the 840 Gallery at DAAP, visited the painting studios at DAAP and had positive conversations about art with my peers. In the end, I came up with a fantastic idea for a photo shoot that will occur next Tuesday evening. AND! Once I returned to my studio, I grabbed a piece of wood from the discard pile, made some plaster and made art JUST BECAUSE I FELT LIKE IT. There was no message, concept or connection to an audience that I was aiming for.... just making art for art's sake. For my sake. I cannot express how lifeless I would feel if I could not make something on a regular basis. The piece is not done and there is no title but I know that the next step will be to add color.
|In Progress (close up)|
My friends and I call this process plaster painting. I mixed thick plaster and painted it on plywood with my hand. As it hardened, I was able to sculpt the plaster more to a better shape. My sculptures, except my foundry work, typically lacks color. I hope to see where my inspiration takes me and if I can successfully color this impressionistic piece. All of this was completed on a spur of the moment "grab-random-materials-and-make-something-awesome" feeling and in less than an hour. This is why I love art. Anything is possible.
Special thanks and shout outs to Max, Sarah, Andi, Mamie, Farron and Abby!