It's been so long since I've written in this space. So much has happened during that time.
World Upheaval. Check.
To be honest, it took me a while to get my footing in 2020. I can only imagine how things have been going for you guys. After all, the pandemic has simply added to our already existing problems. For many it just exacerbated this issues. Plus many of us have lost people that are so dear to us. That's so painful.
I wouldn't presume to have to have the solutions to everyone's problems, but I can share what has helped me to feel better through the last year or so...
Yep, I love multiples. It could be the pack rat in me, but I love the idea of a collection of beautiful things. A multiple is defined by the Tate gallery as "a series of identical artworks usually a signed limited edition".
But alas, perhaps I shouldn't say that out loud. The idea of a multiple or copy is actually taboo in many fine art circles and can make a collector recoil in horror. This is because we often think of the topic in light of design. With design, things can be mass produced at a frenzied pace, with little variations, and at times, with questionable quality. In fine art, the pervading concept is that that quality comes from a piece being one of a kind.
Murals are a fun, exciting way to communicate a company's vision and to inspire thought and action. Incorporating inspiring quotes can go a long way to build employee morale and create a relaxed work atmosphere. After all, we spend a significant amount of time at the office... it can be our second home. Why not make it feel that way?
A few posts ago, I mentioned that I have two side projects running. One is my out of the Darkness project and the other is my ceramic jewelry project (or as I affectionately call it, my jooree project).
When I studied art, I became immersed in three areas: painting, printmaking & ceramics. Due to my circumstances, I decided to focus on painting. It was a challenge to keep up with the printmaking and ceramics, because everything I needed was so far away. But I still have some of my ceramic supplies, and recently I decided to marry my love of ceramics and jewelry to create my own body of work.
I spent August traveling between Phoenix, Newark and New York. It was awesome to say the least.
I get most of my inspiration for my art from nature. The colours and textures are a driving force behind my approach. I was so drawn to the landscape and beauty of Arizona. I love the dry heat, the saguaro cacti.... the list goes on. The icing on the cake for me though was visiting the grand canyon. You can't out-artist that Artist, for sure! The colours, texture and environment made me feel alive. It's was a very spiritual experience for me. It's definitely bucket list worthy.