|'Beginnings' in my Jentel Studio|
Thoughts and materials often come together in curious ways. For me art is often more about 'doing things' than 'making things'. My artwork 'grows' in unique and organic ways fed by present moment awareness and deep listening. It feeds both on the worlds within me and those around me as I explore ways to connect, engage and integrate my inner and outer experience.
My month at Jentel was such a gift of time, space and support to allow me to focus on my creative work without the usual distractions. Now that I am back home, my experience of it seems like a seed which continues to grow.
But for now I will share some of my experience of that time and place while in residency.
|And after the wind...a triple rainbow over the artist and writers studio at Jentel, WY!|
I love seeing the similarities of forms shaped by various elemental forces and the resemblance in micro or macro view.The two images above were taken during
my flight to Wyoming.
|This river form came from melting snow traveling from one side of the studio sidewalk to the other|
One morning at Jentel as I hunted icicles before sunrise, I found hanging strands of frozen spiderwebs that broke apart when I touched them and individual evergreen needles dripping with their own mini icicles.
Icicles from larger branches became elements for drawings laid out on large pieces of petrified wood near the evergreen trees.
These drawings led me to think about how ice and snow might engage a string circle like the one (below) which I had created years before.
|"Being Here" Port Angeles Fine Art Center - Webster's Woods, WA|
I didn't have enough time before the predicted snow or enough material with me to make a large circle space, however I was able to create this small one between the legs of a wooden chair. When finished I positioned it outside so I could witness how or if it would hold the snow and ice.
The next day I was rewarded with this...
I consider my work as experimental explorations, trying to leave judgement out of the equation until necessary. I never know what is going to 'work' or what wont...but I always learn something and never know what will serve some later creation.
I will post more about my work/experience at Jentel in my next post.