Day 5 artists blogathon ignited by : C4 Atlanta March.5.2014.
The prompt today is crafted by Gina Thompson
What gives you satisfaction in the studio?
Just being in the studio is always a bit like stepping out of time for me, time both stands still and is brilliantly focused/present when I am fully engaged in making an art work. It often means struggling with resolving a problem; it’sbvisual and conceptual at the same time, then it feels like a kind of delicous puzzle.
What are you currently exploring there?
Currently I have been doing a review of my past art works, a process that seems to occur about once a year for me. It involves seeing what there is to learn from past work, to carry over, just ‘take stock’ of my visual markings. Also I’ve been working on a collaborative piece with a writer in Seattle : Ronna Dettrick, I actually met her through the web and was attracted to her blog because the heading read, Renegade conversations, Feminism and Faith. Being a feminist and also having a sense of my own Sprituality her words spoke to me. She put a call out for an artist to work with her. The project we are now collaborating on stems from Ronna’s writing. The theme is to depict 30 women from ancient texts/scripture whom are then re-envisioned through a Feminists viewpont, the result, empowering to women, a contemporary version of Spiritual mythology for Women. I have now done 5 of those paintings from which I create giclee prints (available : www.RonnaDetrick.com ). It has been an engaging and growthful experience for me, and I really love working with Ronna, she is one of kind, brilliant and geniune.
What is the wish list for your work?
I would eventually like to have a seperate building of about 1,000 sq ft at ground level with lots of windows. I’d also like to find representation/gallery for my paintings that supports exposure and also sustains me economically. It is important to me that my work ‘get out’ and hopefully have meaning to others.
What studio goals would allow for ecstasy?
Having increasing time, un-interupted, to do my work and more community with other artists. Lastly to continue to experience my craft/talent maturing and growing.