Studio

ThroughLines show prep

I've been working steadily on collages for my ThroughLines show... recent weeks have included looking hard at them and making any last minute adjustments to the artwork. Then I varnish each one with a UV-resistant matte finish, adding hanging hooks/wires and title/care/inventory labels.All of the work has been sent out to be digitally captured so that I have high-resolution, color-corrected files that could be used to print the images as enlargements, should there be interest in using the work that way.It's amazing how much time goes into the unseen aspects of making art, not to mention marketing.Hanging begins on Monday. It seems odd to be able to get all the work for a whole show into just a few boxes, but all the work is small this time, just 10 x 10 x .75." Having never hung a whole show of such small work in such a large space, I'm really excited to see how it will look on the walls! As always before a show, I have a little trepidation, too -- but hopefully they will be like little jewels, drawing people in to look at them more carefully. I haven't been able to see the collages all together, with adequate white space between them, so I'll certainly enjoy studying the work from a distance once it's hung.Here's hoping some of you can drop into Spark Gallery in Denver to see the work. The show begins September 20 and runs through October 14. The opening reception is Friday, September 21 from 6-9pm. You're invited! And if you can't make it, I'll be updating my website prior to the show opening so that you'll be able to view the finished series there.

Visual riffs / scenes from the studio

So here's how the studio looks when I'm in the midst of finishing a new series of collages -- this work is for my "ThroughLines" show in September.It may appear hectic, but there's lots of study and contemplation to figure out what paper element goes where. I commit to placing one piece and let the composition evolve from there -- it's not all figured out in advance. So I have to stay somewhat centered, in the midst of the mayhem, to accomplish my goal of making these collages powerful and relevant.My working artist statement about this series: The “ThroughLines" series of collages are visual riffs on the unexpected landscapes of our minds as we address concerns like bandwidth and overwhelm, alongside mindfulness and purpose. Each piece represents a moment in time, full of multi-layered and competing thoughts, hopes, fears, dreams, and memories -- all moving forward and influencing each other — glimpses of the complex world of the self.In case you're worried about this new look, I haven't given up on ripping paper... that artistic gesture is far too cathartic! To get this stripe-y effect, I'm ripping against a metal straightedge to crop images in a uniform manner. I have several shoeboxes full of these strips, ready to use as appropriate. Here's a tray of some of my "ingredients" / palette, below.

Reworking the studio space -- the saga continues

It seems to be taking an inordinate amount of time to move everything back into my newly rehabbed studio spaces. I'm sifting, sorting -- and evaluating whether I will ever use some of the potential collage papers and art materials that I've stored for a long time. I've gotten rid of stacks of magazines, a behemoth of a flat file, and a worktable in an effort to keep more open space. I've only been in the space a couple of weeks and I've already rearranged the furniture a bit! I'm pretty sure I'll want to do more tweaking when I understand better how the spaces accommodate my process and workflows. And there is still a lot to resolve. And it feels like it should be DONE by now.So it was a gift to stumble across a timely blog post, "Tidying Up," by Austin Kleon today...

"The best studio tidying is a kind of exploring — I’m re-discovering spaces as I sift through the objects that occupy them. The reason I tidy is not to clean, but to come into contact with something special that I’ve forgotten that I can now use. This is a slow, dreamy, ruminative, reminiscent form of tidying."

Really, I'm clearing space for future work / possibilities... plus making new discoveries and connections.

"...creativity is about connections, and connections are not made by siloing everything off into its own space. New ideas are formed by interesting juxtapositions, and interesting juxtapositions happen when things are out of place."

Meanwhile, glimpses from the process...   SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave