I recently sent myself a text message to my email from class. It read, "Art is found, not created." The reference was to an image I had just sent myself of a gap in the ceiling with two lights to either side of the gap. It looked as though there were a face coming out of the ceiling and while I was teaching class and waiting for students to respond to the ideas and prompts that I was feeding them I couldn't help but have this image stuck in my mind.
With this sort of logic working in me the last several days it seems as no surprise that while in studio working on what has become a production project in the totems. I say it is now a production project because I am not trying to solve anything new with the totems at this point, or least if I am the realizations are coming much slower than they were. Ideas seem like that. As we first explore the ideas there is a change here and there and all over the place, but as we sit on the idea for a little while it mellows out a bit. It becomes an idea which is in need of transformation or modification. While I am not done with the totems project, I have learned a lot of what I am open to learning before I intend to show the work next Saturday at Picnic. To be fair you have to stop someplace.
I started looking around studio. Four years ago when I got to graduate school I started working on a couple mobiles. They weren't balanced correctly and I failed miserably in producing them successfully but the panels which I used in the mobile are still around. They were in the style that I have been using for the past several years; drawn with a flat paint background. What the patterns have made me realize more than anything is that I miss pushing paint, mixing colors, layering and overlapping. I needed a change in 2010. There was a lot going on in and outside of art, but now I am feeling patient with myself again. I am not in a rush to get everything done and more importantly I am feeling very excited about the contrast between well rendered painterly subject, flat patterns and flat backgrounds.
This image popped into my head and as I am a student at all times, I followed it with all my might.