This is a unique body of work, as it exemplifies the recent shifts in my artistic style. My previous works focused primarily on issues regarding gender inequality and social justice. The mixed media works included in this exhibition, contain similar techniques and visual elements I have developed over the years, with a revised focus on the internal intuitive process of creating art. Previously, when developing a body of work, I’d concentrate on the final message I intend to express though my pieces. I would then work backwards to visually meet that conscious objective.
These works were created working solely from my artistic intuition. I kept my mind open and relaxed, enjoying the beauty of the creative process, while intentionally working to not over-think the potential finished piece.
When finishing each mixed media collage piece, I included an excerpt from my stream of conscious writings, I have compiled over the past several years. This text creates an additional layer of raw intuition. These excerpts add a vulnerability by expressing thoughts from the random recesses of my mind—whether mundane, revelatory or insightful. To my delightful surprise, I have discovered many people relate to some aspect of the various texts. This allows a unique harmony between the works, the viewers and the artist.
Continuing to delve into this layered intrinsic artistic style, I began to work primarily with acrylic. While my medium had changed, I noticed many thematic elements, color combinations, and visuals shared a striking similarity to my intuitive collage work. This series hit me like a compulsion. I just kept painting. I used music as my initial inspiration for each piece. Choosing an artist, and letting my mind wander through their lyrics as my hands were essentially left to their own devices.
The finished imagery often has unintentional elements of surrealism. This results from abstract layering of paint, listening to music, and using colors, textures, and brush strokes that simply felt right. As the pieces developed, I began to intuitively fill in the emerging imagery. This whole
process felt rather unreal. Painting without a real objective (or identifiable concept of success–an ideal for the finished piece) is daunting, yet
completely freeing. When I finished many of my first works, I was struck with sense of awe. It felt bizarre that these works had come out of me, with minimal conscious effort.
My exhibition, Acknowledged or Not, opened last Thursday, March 5, at the Third Street Gallery. I was elated for this opportunity to share my work with the community. However, I was also utterly terrified. I’m still fairly new to Grand Forks, and I don’t know a lot of people. Therefore, I feared that basically no one would attend my opening except me, my mother, husband, and a couple nice humans associated with the gallery. I am very happy that I was wrong. My opening was very well attended. I know that is partially due to the fact that several people involved in the local art community helped to promote my exhibition with their friends and acquaintances. And for that, I am super grateful.
My work was generally well-received and I met many lovely humans. I love meeting people at openings–discussing works, meeting other artists, sharing artistic techniques. I find it utterly fascinating to hear how other people interpret my work–and what their eyes find in the abstract imagery.
I also sold a piece. Would I like to have sold more? Of course. However, I’m so filled with gratitude, I can’t be disappointed. Nice humans (many of whom I didn’t already know) attended my exhibition. My work was well-received. I hope for the gallery, I sell a few more works (and yea, it’s always nice to sell art), to make my exhibition more financially worth their while.
Also, I received this sweet congratulatory note from a beautiful and talented artist I met last month at the group Selfie exhibition. It was super sweet.