I just wanted to take a brief moment to thank everyone that's been emailing me and posting comments on the blog over the past months that it's been up and running. This has been such a fun adventure for me and as a result i've gotten in contact with so many wonderful people from so many diverse places that I genuinely hope to meet in person some day. So thanks!
But today i must come clean about something as it will undoubtedly affect the blog a bit, it already has perhaps, but this i promise will only be for a brief while. Any day now i'm expecting my first babe to be born and so if the airwaves of musing go quiet for a bit with lack of submission info, etc. that is the reason. It's been an interesting adventure for me thus far and i've been meaning to, for quite a while now, have a bit of a chat about the impact of such life changing events in the life of an artist. Here i find myself, having spent so many years working so hard to create a name for myself, get on the right people's radars, and scrounge to get my work made and in the public eye that to step away from that pace of life for any period of time seems quite frightening. Already my creative life has been filled with time management issues and it can only get worst now right?! But i've also been intrigued by the impact of this impending life change on my work in the studio. As i may have mentioned I'm back working on my figurative work for a show in May and i find that themes and approaches to the work have changed in the last few months. The figurative work to me has always dealt with issues of childhood and it's role and influence in creating the sort of moral stance we carry with us later in life. The imagery i use is of course of children, deceptively cute to make the impact of the message hit home a bit more intensely. I'm finding now that there is a greater awareness of this responsibility to moral/ethical development as i stand poised ready to give it my best try in my own life, fearing being hypocritical, questioning everything, and making sure i'm really, truly aware of my stance and perspective on the issues, as soon there will be someone else to keep me accountable to my words and actions. I guess i'm just curious as I know there are many out there with families and successful careers and i wonder how they find the balance and not lose their creative drive, but also what sort of an impact if any this has had upon their practice conceptually?
I've loved the work of Janis Mars Wunderlich for years now and recently have a much deeper appreciation for her work, the impact of family being the conceptual drive of the work. I look forward to soon showing you the figurative work i've been making in the studio, particularly those that I feel have been highly influenced of late by my circumstance, as they intrigue me in a curious way...
But anyway, i'll try to stay on top of postings and calls for submissions over the next little bit, but if i do seem to disappear completely, know i'll be back very soon! Cheers!