Here are some further thoughts about my work that I’d like to share with the class. Today I talked about working towards more clarity in my work, so I hope to add some clarity in explaining it.
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In addition to distilling my shapes and forms into their most purest and simple selves for the past 16 years, I also want to emphasize that tension and balance play a huge part in every piece. I spoke a little bit about that tension when I talked about starting to play music in my forties. That challenge causes tension. Also, even though I listen to NPR while painting, it’s almost like a weight that grounds me as I go into a peaceful, meditative painting state. Somehow it gives me sense of balance. It’s similar to the heaviness of working for Mother Jones and my husband’s injury that catapulted me into these happy paintings. In every one of my paintings there is tension between the shapes––mostly seen as lines and forms that barely touch or are about to touch which is probably easiest to see in the lettering on cards–– as well as with the colors which are on the extreme end of complementary in many cases.
I consider my work abstract organic. Organisms adapt and evolve. The organic nature of my paintings are attempting to illustrate that growth, life and development. Though the titles of the paintings will give a hint to the basic idea I was trying to convey, it’s important to remember that an abstract painting is meant to be interpreted by the viewer. A neighbor of ours was a Jungian psychotherapist and he thought all of the paintings were definitely sexual. A friend in medicine felt they were all very biological. Several friends who were trying to get pregnant were convinced that they are all about fertility. You see what you want to see and hopefully it’s something good and inspiring.
When I hear a great song, read a well written story, see a well made movie, or see/hear anything that is done with somebody’s best self, their truest self, I’m always inspired to do better work. I’m hoping to bring out the playful spirit in viewers of my work. There is a focused flow of positive energy that goes into all the artwork I put out in the world––be it a painting, a rock or a birthday card. I really want the receiver to feel it. . The best compliment I get from friends who own my paintings is, “I don’t know why, but just looking at your painting makes me happy.” All personal pieces for friends and family are marked with a “made with aloha” stamp from me. It’s true that a lot of love goes into everything I put my name on. It’s almost a miracle to me when people I don’t know love my work, which is really what makes gallery shows fun for me. I figure, making a complete stranger feel happy can only make the world a better place. Some basic Buddhist tenets guide my work: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?
Talk to you soon.
Thanks again for this opportunity to share my work.
Thanks again for the opportunity to meet with your students as well as providing lunch for everyone. I appreciate how easy you've made the process so far. Now that I've taken a better look at the gallery, I will decide which paintings and objects I'd like to include in the show. Once I've got a list, I'll send it to you so your students can access just the photos they need to do the catalog and not have to go through everyone of them. Maybe a page with a couple of cards and a page with rocks and driftwood would also be nice to include.
Talk to you soon.
I was thinking more about the catalog and I was wondering what you thought about doing a poster instead. That way people could hang them up at home. It could be the standard 8 1/2 x 11 size that folds out and would have the images of the paintings in the show and maybe a few objects. There could be a smallish bio or statement at the bottom of the poster. I think this could be really fun to design. We could then keep the actual show pretty simple.
Let me know.
Any ideas about Cathy's proposal?
Do you have any strong feelings on how her art should be show?
Think about the things we talked about last class.
Do you have any new ideas for showing Cathy's art?