Saturday, June 2, 2012
This morning, I had a Skype session with Pam and Jennifer. They are nearing the end of their annual retreat. After we worked out some technological bugs (but not all), I got an amazing tour of their week of work, along with a tour of Pam's studio and the Annex where a lot of magic happened.
What was interesting to see was how sympatico the work is between these two artists. Earth and water. It would make for a beautiful, engaging show. You could see the satisfaction on both Pam's and Jennifer's faces, as decisions for new directions were made and even some pieces completed.
Although, I was thrilled for them, it did bring into fuller focus that I am in the midst of a direction change myself. This has been happening for at least a year...which is the last time I created a doll. As I struggle to think about completing another doll for Chautauqua, I am beginning to wonder if that phase of my artistic life is finished, or at least finished for the time being.
A new phase has yet to take complete form and that is always unsettling. I have been working on fabric resists for over a year and making the fabric is always exciting. Pam and Jennifer keep urging me to work larger, as I did for the Caos fabrics.
I have many ideas and many obligations. I am not the best at paring down. I love many aspects of what I am doing...teaching, designing new classes, experimenting with new techniques. My issue right now is the format for my work...what ultimate shape it will take, what it will be and try to say.
A long walk after our talk and I am realizing that some monoprints I did off of the wet paint on some resisted fabrics spoke more to me than the final fabrics.
I also had some thoughts about working with the weeds in the garden for the future F.I.N.E. exhibit. I may try exploring some of them tomorrow.