There are other places in this blog where I mention that I’ve been making art since I was 7 years old (etc etc). All true mind you, but I’ve also been play acting at being An Adult Artist (capital ‘As’) for, oh I dont know, maybe 30 years.
I’ve made some cool art in the last 2 years. The dragonfly sculptures were the first series wherein I really worked a theme, construction and materials until I got to the point with the last two or three that I made where I didn’t feel like I could improve them that much.
Then I moved into something completely different – sort of. The figurative pieces I have been making in the last 6 months use some of the same techniques and material I learned in building the dragonflies. This was primarily learning how to use fused glass but I also benefitted from construction experience with the dragonflies. There’s still a ways to go with the ‘figuratives’ … the Madam Butterfly and Icarus pieces are as close to Fine Art as anything I’ve done. I’ll keep making those.
Now I’m leveraging those figuratives and doing something … not quite completely different … but yeah, enough different. As long as my curiosity is dragging me around, I’ll let the muse drive the bus. I was heavily invested in creating a consistent body of work because that’s what you need to get into the “Good Shows.” But I don’t know that I am there yet, ready to settle on one thing/theme/etc. – there’s is still some road ahead. I’m still looking for my voice. I’m working on my ‘art story’, my elevator speech, my raison d’être for both my art and me, the artist.
I guess this makes me an Emerging Artist (think: Chrysalis –> Butterfly). How about you? Want to collaborate, work on some cool stuff together? I’m looking for my Tribe. At a minimum I figure there is a village out there missing an Idiot: I’m available.
Until then, I’ll keep making art and writing.