August 4, 2010 § Leave a comment
Hey friends! My work will be featured through the JP First Thursdays on August 5th at Station 8 which is located at 761 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.
From 6-8 PM on Thursday, come play (: I will be there and we can say “hooray!”
To learn more about first Thursdays go to: http://www.jpcentresouth.org/news/1st_thurs_.htm
July 20, 2010 § 2 Comments
There is something about art and the work I have been creating that has helped me grasp the intangible.
Recently, I have begun to paint the “lost girls” they’re the little girls you see running around my paintings. Some of them have names and some of them have really amazing helmets that are alive. The lost girls I guess are the counterpart to the lost boys from Peter Pan. If you haven’t ever read Peter Pan, I recommend it. It’s really interesting if you know about Barrie, the writer and his life and the death of his older brother.
During my residency it was suggested that I stop painting the little girls, people had issues with the girls breaking up the paintings and not “speaking the same language” as the over all piece of art.
For the first time, I really thought about why these characters were integral to my work and why there was a sense of preciousness to them. When I began to plan out works without the girls, it was interesting to see how my motivation and direction got a little lost. Not always, but there was a really different feel when the lost girls were present or if they were omitted.
Furthermore, it was pointed out to me that you can’t tell the girls apart. It was suggested that they had stronger identities or features so they would become easier to identify as individuals.
Since then, I began to name some of the girls after combinations of adoption code: K83-3696.
Each of them carries a different personality and costumes and attitudes. This has become rather fun, places different creatures and characters together in sketches to watch them interact with one another. My neighbor right now, is a fiction writer, I asked him how he writes his characters and what writers meant when they say their characters “surprised them” or won’t do what he wants them to do.
I am realizing that my girls do the same thing. Even number nine, the saddest of them all, she has some kind of humor about her, because even when she cries, vomits, etc it’s always a rainbow.
these kinds of complex characters allow me to discuss different parts of my life and explore the ideologies and social norms of the cultures I have lived in.
Furthermore, speaking of culture, it was mentioned that I might want to look at using other materials that are more cultural to my culture. Rice paper was mentioned, which would be nice, but Korean don’t use rice paper generally for their paintings and also, most of my culture growing up was craft paint, trees, rocks, white suburban new hampshire. often people forget that, and beyond that, I think that alot of my culture is something of the cosmos. So why not use, fabric, paint, and other materials that are used for paintings cells for animation? or use space age materials, use inks and dyes and patone colors from space ships that have touched the moon. and on a personal level why not use paper printed with songs I played on the piano growing up? using marykay makeup to paint out washes and final touches (my mother sold marykay and we used to play with it all the time growing up) and cotton, why not use cotton, since my mother’s side of the family was involved in the plantations and the underground railroad? etc.
one of the biggest things I have grasped from this first residency, is to take everything that I receive from my critiques and spend some time with the comments. Not everything is positive or at first glance constructive. But What I’ve realized is that, the things that pierce you, that make you feel, maybe even a little defensive, are for me, the moments that I realize how important or how unsure or unexamined something is for me.
I’m not afraid to explore anything, well for the most part, I am willing to try all sorts of new types of painting styles, and if anything the more that I try things out the stronger my understanding of what is “me” continues to grow. Lately, it’s been ink washes, splatters, stencils, spray paint, paint pens, drawing on canvas, collaging canvas on to canvas, building frames in a new way, etc.
and it is all quite grand.
July 19, 2010 § Leave a comment
I just wanted to share a tip that has really worked well for me when writing or re-writing an artist statement.
I use the “I am For an Art” poem/statement we were asked to read for class.
But I do it for my own description of my work, it’s usually long and filled with lots of descriptive phrases.
I am for an art that jumps out of cakes and says “surprise!”
I am for an art that mocks linear time
I am for an art that bleeds starships and vomits rainbows
I am for an art that isn’t afraid to feel
I am for an art that embodies aliens, monsters and things that hum softly from parallel worlds.
I am for an art that embraces playfullness
I am an art of big thick black lines and colors you want to eat
Then I go and look at my actual work, and I circle what I feel really describes my work.
I mark out what my work isn’t, but I aspire for it to be, and figure out why it isn’t that way.
And I also make not of things my work isn’t and shouldn’t be, such as loving basquiat’s work but knowing that aspects of his line quality or composition will never jive with what i’m doing.
From that I am able to figure out what my work is trying to convey, what I need to do to get it there, and also have a list of beautiful sayings and concise vocabulary to compile into coherent new artist statement that will push me towards the next space my work wants to go.
I’d love to hear people’s own “I am for an art”
Later on, I’m going to be rewriting my artist statement and I’ll post my new I am for an art and how I break it down. In the mean time, I’d love to hear other people’s take on this poem.