Thursday, September 27, 2012

Step By Step, Day By Day

Now that I have graduated from my MFA program I have been taking time to think about what is next for me as an artist.  

For a while I thought about investing my energy into starting up selling prints and chasing money around with my art.  But that passed and I am settling into a new rhythm of creating for the purposes of exploring my creations.  

Its not that I don't want to make money from my art.  Sure that would be lovely.  But when I think about putting all my force behind the visual aspect of my work it begins to feel hollow for me.  Cause I am not just a visual artist.  What I realized during the course of my studies is that I am an interdisciplinary installation artist.  My paintings are the basic framework of my vision but there is more dimensions I need to explore.  

Ideally I want to create a contemplative sound piece (or drone) to go along with each painting.  I would want them all to be displayed in a space where the viewer can have time to sit inside some kind of sonic chamber (or put on headphones) and experience how their body reacts to the blend of color, object, story and space that I have weaved around them.  

It is gonna take time for me to work out how to pull that off.  My plan is to continue to read and explore and examine and work for the next few months.  It feels great to really know that Ill be working as an artist for the rest of my life, so I have lots of time to work out how to manifest my vision clearly.  

Alongside that I am getting back into the realm of healing arts again.  I have to take a class and pass an exam before I can work in Louisiana.  Once I do I am excited to get to work as a healer again.  I love bodies so much and as my art work is calling me to engage all of our subtle senses it will help my process very much to be channeling mass amounts of healing energy.  

I am taking a class through Blue Cliff College and I am thrilled to be part of their school.  It seems like a really supportive atmosphere to learn in and even though I only need one anatomy class I am excited to be part of their community.  And taking an anatomy class will be a fun and necessary refresher in the technicalities of how our system is structured.  

AND it will feed my art work as I have started painting skeletons as a side project.  The idea to work with skeletons has been floating around my mind since at least last January.  I feel it as a grounding of the connection to my ancestral energy that I have been growing more and more connected to.  I call them my Beautiful Bodies series.  Each skeleton shows me a different way to show off its heart.  Detail images below.  

Thats all for today.

May your body feel beautiful from the inside out.  

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