Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Letting Creation Develop

Can art find expression amid the chaos of construction? I sure hope so!
A few posts back I wrote about recycling my student prints. These are works that are just laying around the studio, many of which just don't seem complete in the fullest sense of the word.

My first recycling projects were story box books. My latest is a monotype print that I am hoping will find a voice after being silenced for five years. The print was about 32 x 24 inches and the subject was about the beginning of Christianity. It invovled numerous ink passes to build up the background; some laser copy transfers of maps from a bible; chine collé using beautiful japanese paper; and impressions of skeletal hands and bones which I cut out in balsa wood, inked, positioned on the print and ran through the press.

When I came upon it in my studio I was actually looking for another print, but as soon as I spotted this one I was compelled to go with the flow. As a matter of fact that is exactly what I am hoping to achieve...going with the creative flow and just letting the piece, which seems to be in book format, develop itself. No preconceived notions; no ultimate goal. Just creating and recognizing when the piece is done!

So far, I have divided the large print into eight equal pieces;

glued them back to back to create four pages;

thus, I now have eight equal size backgrounds. What will develop will develop as it should!





The creative process has begun!

6 comments:

ArtPropelled said...

This looks exciting. I can't wait to see what you will do with them.

Mar said...

just as they are would make great journal background pages...
for that matter they would be great framed as they are...as a series
they are beautiful!

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

Such delicious background !!!

Karin Bartimole said...

looks like we're in for a treat watching the evolution of this latest recycling creation! I love the bone imagery and the fragments scattered and piled... i don't know exactly what i'm seeing, but i think you know what i mean :) The earthy tones and patina like textures are beautiful as well.

Yes, in the midst of renovating chaos you'll be able to create fabulous work, i'm sure of it! I know from my own experience, I was able to put together a whole show during a period when we had four stories open, and could see from attic to basement, had no kitchen nor our bathroom (thankfully we have a guest bath!) and of course what was supposed to take 3 months took well over 6... ugh - i hate living with construction - it's been five years and it still feels like yesterday!! but where better to channel the frustration when it gets challenging?! where better to get away from it all when you know you can't actually get away from it all?!? art - make art!! and as your home is recycled and renewed, you will recycle and renew your art - I love that!!!

Willowpudgy said...

I can't wait to see it evolve : )

Seth said...

These pages are very compelling, both the backgrounds and the images. Looking forward to seeing how all this develops.

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