Had a great meeting with my mentor yesterday. Spoke a lot about putting things together. The distance between people and the connections that are made when these distances are explored. I have many characters. Now I am going to arrange them to tell their stories. I have always liked working small and been attracted to possibilities. Relationships of parts to a whole is exciting. I think the struggle that I have always had with painting, in the sense of a large final work, is the finality of it. It is what it is and it will hang on a wall equidistant from another painting. The figures will remain in their postions forever and though they will be interpreted in different ways they will be still contained inside of one space. They will speak together but they exist only that way and they feel self contained. I am attracted to that finality and its cleanness and wholeness, but I have a hard time thinking that way. Working small allows me to explore possibilities to represent time in a different way and to explore the relationships between separate parts without having them fixed or contained.
I am excited right now. I have so many things to play with to explore. Sculpting is very exciting for me. I can explore the same relationships in those forms that I am obsessed with in my characters. The two separate parts, figures and sculptures are informing each other in a nice way. I was thinking, if I can say what I want to say with these abstract shapes, then why do I need the figures. But I do need them. They have been with me for so long and there is a truth in them that I want to continue to explore. That being said I want to paint arrangements of the sculptures and explore where that leads. They can both exist. They are two languages.
I also am excited about an assignment that Evelyn, My mentor suggested: Represent something personal and emotional about familial relationships in a dry, straightforward way so that the emotion exists in the content rather than the execution. An interesting assignment that has opened my head to a whole new range of possibilities.
Well the kids are excited we all have the day off together, the pleasure of both being teachers, and we are off to enjoy the sunshine.