Coming Full Circle
As far back as I could remember, I have tried to make things better. I distinctly remember mixing cleaning products in the bathroom of our house in Maryland, after Mom has sent me upstairs as a nine year old to clean the bathroom. I was lucky I didn't blow the house up. Though, I do have to say, my unique combination did seem to clean the bathroom better than what I had used before. So, I tell you this story not for you to know I would have been a great chemist (debatable)! Rather, to let you know I have always been a reformer. It is no wonder, I am a 1 on the Enneagram.
So, you see why you don't have to be a genius to see that this same theme runs through my art. When I was feeling brave enough two years ago, to begin creating my own brand of art, I started with and still continue "trans-forming" and "re-forming" things, trying to make them new and to some degree better.
In the beginning, I started with transforming compostable bowls into pieces of art. It was both an environmental statement, as well as a challenge to make a cardboard looking surface into beautiful patterns cut from photo calendars. I then began turning shoe boxes into statements about mass shooting in United States, and also into a viewfinder complete with slides where you see the past with one eye and the present with the other eye, in order to determine which one was better.
More recently I have been doing photo mosaics (like the one pictured here "Prayer Circle" using the shawl I wear for daily times of centering prayer), where I take a 4'x6' photo of mine and in this case, cut it up into 129 pieces and then rearrange it!
Now,I am taking my photos which exhibit depth and then cutting them in a way that adds greater depth, by using foam, and placing them in a shadowbox. Which results in giving them a greater 3D effect than a printed photo can offer. Last, but not least, I have been taking the works of famous artists (ex. Warhol, O'Keefe, Kandisky), and reinterpreting them not using paint as they did, but rather using the colors from my photos. You can find them in the "Esque" gallery on this website.
I guess in my own way, I am an insurgent, agitator, inciter, provoker, prodder, provocateur, reactionary, fantasizer, optimist, visionary, Am now, pretty much always was and probably always will be.
At this time in my life, especially now, everything seems to be coming full circle. How about you? Are you seeing patterns in your ways of doing and being that go back a long time or have you needed to abandon yourself somewhere along the way? Maybe it's time for you too to come full circle.
Lastly, let me end with a quote by Friedrich Nietzche which I hope proves inspirational for us all, "The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."