I was at the courthouse for jury duty all day on Monday and the book I chose to take with me was The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. If you have not read the book I suggest you run, not walk to purchase this fantastic book. I read it first years ago and it is a book I could read again and again. I never tire of it.
In her own words she says, “More than anything, this book is about preparation. In order to be creative you have to know how to prepare to be creative.” We might be inclined toward something, as I believe I am with art, while my twin is not. But I was not born with the skills to be an artist, just the inclination. It has taken me years of study to get to where I am today. Studying different methods, ideas, and materials. Practicing and failing, but also garnering gems from what didn’t work out to try again in a different way.
I think that is why some artists answer, “My entire life,” to the oft asked question, “How long did it take you to make/paint that piece?” There is nothing flippant about the statement. It really is a true.
But I highly recommend taking time out of your productive day to check out this book. I think you’ll find it worth your time.
My installation with the “I AM” t-shirts dealt with how we perceive ourselves based jointly on our own thoughts and those of other people. Other people can be wrong. Without their input, what would you tell the world about you?
I am a full time studio artist dividing my time between Florida and Minnesota. Jimmy was right; changes in latitudes can cause changes in attitudes. But no matter I where I am on the map, this blog is a way for me to think out loud and connect with you and other wayfaring souls.
This body of work is a continuation of the Dress series, but in this series I am removing the form altogether. Like cast off tattooed bits of skin, these pieces tell the story long after the moment has passed.
From the "Wrappings" series
The conversation continues with this body of work, but instead of using the form of the body as I did in the Dress series, or removing it altogether as I did in the Skins series, I am “wrapping” the skeletal form of the object. It is a very protective and nurturing concept. Wrapping our bodies, wrapping the form and taking care.
The Scarlet Letter (99 Lashes)
For many years I have used the house form as a metaphor for people. That concept evolved to include clothing as an actual house for our bodies. As a snake sheds its skin it leaves behind a record of that event. That is how I see my dresses. They document an idea, a thought, or experience for that moment in time. Each piece is a fresh attempt to see things in a new way, yet remain part of an ongoing dialog. Each is tied to the next and the one before. They are all intrinsically linked together and the conversation continues.