Thursday, July 20, 2006
Here are some sections of the wrap I have been making- it's too long to photograph in one piece.I have decided to line it with habutai silk which I am dyeing. I also decided to dye some heavier weight habutai ( 12mm) but that turned into an abject failure- it is dim grey and not at all what I had in mind- waste of good fabric, though I may try some polewrap with black over the top- but not today.
There have been discussions on the Wow factor on other blogs ( Lisa Call, Cathy Kleeman and Omega) , which is interesting. I know that many people think working "big" is an important element for Wow. I agree working "big" makes an impact, but sometimes it makes me feel overwhelmed too as if someone is trying to force me into being wowed . I must admit to a suspicion of big works- though there are some that have impacted on me. I like being drawn by works- you know you look and there is something which beckons you to look again and again and find new things, big is simply sometimes just big, and I feel let down.I guess for me art is a little like a journey of discovery- you discover the piece, you discover the artist and you discover something about yourself in the act. I love the protrait of Baldassare Castiglione by Rapheal- it is a relatively small portrait of an incredibly urbane looking renaissance man- it is one of the reasons why I try and visit the Louvre every time I visit Paris- this portait is one of the finest ever made in my humble opinion ( if you click the link there is a link which says portrait). What do you see?
And then happy accidents of creating- which in all reality is what serendipity is. Doing and working through the processes often surprising things happen- those that add edge to the work you are making- to me whilst in a sense they are accidents are also evidence of the process- and those accidents don't happen if you do not engage with the process.