Monday, January 26, 2009

Sit and Ponder

At times, my thoughts get so overwhelming and numerous. I find it hard to focus at work. When I'm at home, I notice my mind pondering on the same exact things, repeatedly...

over...and over...and over again. Constant pondering slowly becomes obsessive analyzing.

Are we designed to become prisoners of our own minds? Do you ever sit and think that maybe, just maybe, our thoughts hold us captive from absolute freedom?

Does meditation really work in regards to "thinking too much"?

There was a point in my life when I thought so. Yoga and meditation became an everyday part of my life. Granted, I had no educated teacher or Indian Guru...just me, myself, and I as both instructor and student. I've read about complete inner peace. I'm just not sure if I have ever achieved it. I feel I've come close on occasions, but never anything life-changing.

Hmmm, I wonder if this rolls off into other aspects of living......

Monday, January 19, 2009

Thoughts of the Day

I am not sure about most of you, but once you hit your 30s, time seems to play catch up.

Tomorrow is my 32nd birthday.

I feel like I should have more to show for myself by now. I should have more exhibitions under my belt than I currently show. Procrastination is my nemesis. I honestly try to make an effort, but somewhere along the road, something sidetracks me. This is something that I hope to overcome in 2009. I need to let go of a lot of disappointment that's occurred in my life and just do the damn thang! Time waits for no one.

Prospect.1 closed yesterday. The first biennial in the States. New Orleans has its hands full for 2010. This year being the first (opened in 2008), I'm sure they'll iron out any kinks for a more successful international event. I plan to have some kind of representation at Prospect.2, whether it be in a local gallery or finally opening up my own place and getting to be one of many satellite exhibitions. Yeah, that would be nice. I'm working on it..........


Aside from all of that worry, I do feel that 2009 will be a magical year. We have a new president! The Louisiana Division of the Arts is getting ready to give out a mass load of money! I am currently drafting a grant! By year's end, I would like to have a business registered and apply for 501 (c) 3, non-profit status of my aspiring print shop. Something HAS to go right......right?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Why Write About It?

I don't like artist statements. Let me explain:

As much as I'd love to have that one, single artistic focus, it is not there. My work changes so often and so suddenly. There is almost no time to keep up with a new statement each time my mind switches gears. I guess one could also say that I have yet to find a consistent theme or concept in my work, but when discovered, THAT will become part of my statement.

At the moment, I'm researching ways to bring printmaking into the realm of 3D, or sculptural, work. It isn't too hard to figure it out, but I want to investigate all possibilities before diving head first into a project.


Research. It becomes roughly 80% of my work. One month, I begin my journey into an idea and then three months later, after I've exhausted much of my reading materials, the visual representation begins. This is particularly so when it comes to language. I do enjoy the idea of language as both text and a visually aesthetic stimulant. On a similar note, I've been doing a lot of reading on illiteracy.

As much as I despise having to state my artistic intentions on paper, I am trying to create a meaningful and universal statement for my work. Most of my postings will lean towards that goal.