Tuesday, September 9, 2008
me as the artist
“…art reflects life, and when we meditate on life, we might see something in a new way- and that might awaken us to possibilities, problems, hope, doubt, salvation or sin.” –Jefferey Overstreet, Relevant
I feel as though I am just finding out who I want to be as an artist, and the direction I would like my artwork to go. As you can see in the three images posted, I enjoy working with color. It is the one element I think will be seen throughout all of my work as it molds and changes. The artwork I posted has elements I mention later that I would like to keep in my future artwork. Elements such as, color, simplified forms and a more minimalist approach. I do enjoy the "busyness" of these pieces, but I think in order to endorse reflection, I need to start subtracting until I feel I have reached the "bare essentials"
As I have matured as an artist I desire my artwork to have a deeper purpose. I desire to move into the direction of reflection. I want to create a unique duality that causes the viewer to reflect on self, yet at the same time approach my art with an attitude of humility. I don’t want the viewers reflection to stop with the self, I yearn for it to extend into reflecting about the world around them. I will keep artistic elements I have used in the past, however I want to strip away any distractions that may hinder reflection. I desire my future artwork to echo the work Donald Judd. Judd’s simplistic nature is bold yet subtle. His artwork stretches the viewers to think beyond what is seen before them and into a greater message. I plan to accomplish this in my own work by picking subject matters that stirs critical thinking. I will execute this with simplified forms to minimize distractions, and saturated colors to attract and awaken.
I aspire my artwork to not only call for something more out of myself, but my viewers as well. We as humans have so much potential. It would be disheartening to see it limited from the lack of genuine reflection.