Friday, April 6, 2012
Sharing work can be tricky, expecially when the work is in progress. So many changes can take place during the making of a piece, some subtle, some dramatic. I have been called brave by my colleagues, but I believe that looking at work undone is how we learn. If it is all wrapped up in a nice finish, we don't get a chance to see the thought behind how an artwork evolves. Sculpture is plain hard, dirty, and sometimes dangerous work. We must be engineers to get our armatures to hold up heavy clay, we do a thousand drawings in one piece, we try to find the whispers that eventually give a work life, sometimes they fade and we feel despair. Creativity is an elusive and fickle sprite, and we are subject to the whims of creativity however it presents itself. In sharing my work I hope to see the work in a slightly different light, reflect on a new angle, even the distortion of the camera lens can sharpen my observations as a piece develops. Or just simply taking a moment to hear the encouragement of others who share in the same maddeningly beautiful pursuit, I gather my strength to go at again for a few more hours, and hopefully, when all is said (and shared 60, 70, 80 times to my very patient friends)..............it will be job well done.