One more for tonight! I decided I wanted to post my artist statement here... I figured maybe someone out there might have some feed back on it. Check it:
There is no one way to define what a mark is. Some marks are
visible and physical, ranging from blemishes that are a part of our bodies to
lines drawn on a sheet of paper. Other marks are more internal. They
cannot always be seen, but they exist within us as a result of our
relationships and interactions with others. They are the traces of ourselves
that we leave behind, products of loss and love.
A random mark on someone's body becomes more than an insignificant spot. In the series of splotches, I studied various freckles and moles that were a part of loved ones, as well as several stains that could be found on their clothing. These marks were documented first via photograph and thenfree-sewn onto small sheets of vellum. Through the re-creation of these marks and splotches, I am attempting to preserve my connection to the people that they represent.
If the splotches I first created are the act of preserving, the scribbles are the emotion paired with it. These feelings of frustration and anxiety also surface in a collection of crumpled vellum. They are a three dimensional
extensions of the scribbles.
The creation of the scribbles and the crumpled vellum is an attempt to deal with the anxiety and fear that arises at the threat of loss and change. The desire to hold onto, to never let go, increases as these threats grow nearer. Thus, the small pouches are a symbol of that protection. They are intimate, small spaces—containers, holders, and pockets—to keep them safe. They are the people and the places that I
long to hold on to.
So far I think it just needs to be a be stronger and more decisive in some parts... But I am admittedly a bit stuck!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
This is potentially what my postcard will be! I feel like I need to re-organize the text a bit, maybe print it out before I actually order them. I'm worried its too heavy on the left, but if I want to mail them I dunno if I'll want stuff on the right side... hmm.
But yeah! Its all coming together, sorta.
I feel like a lot of my current work has been inspired by Eva Hesse. Mainly her use of wax, which I have been going crazy with lately! Heather showed me some of her work (although I have heard of her in the past) and then we talked about her in my Women in the Visual Arts class. A lot of our themes are different, but the general aesthetic is similar.
More than anything I just really like her use of material. I actually find a lot of the end results to be too "flesh-like" for my liking. Maybe thats a good thing for her work, but I'm not super into bodily things... at the same time, I think my little pouches may give off that sort of feel too. Perhaps I should accept the ickiness?