Even though I’m still not positive what will result from all of the vintage photos I’ve been collecting lately, I’m actually starting to see something take form. I’ve been taking a break from the physical creation of my personal artwork lately but this hasn’t meant that I haven’t been… percolating…
At this point it’s clear that I have two very different – yet oddly parallel – bodies of work evolving in my mind. One which builds on “spirits within” theme of images/sketches of females with wrappings around their heads and another that is presently manifesting as a result of the photos I’ve found. Both series of work deal with death, ghosts, consciousness, and – as is the case with all my work – an ever shifting perception of identity.
Now that the semester is off to a start I’m starting to catch a glimpse of some sort of routine or schedule and it’s causing an itch to form beneath my skin for which only getting back into the studio can relieve. And, in reality, my students are much more to thank than anything else. Teaching provides something special to my artistic practice that I can’t attain anywhere else – a kind of energy and passion that I think could be easily lost in the pace of life otherwise.
This weekend I’ve been focusing on rest more than anything. I believed I would find myself in the studio today but here it is Saturday evening and my time has been allocated for other things over the next 48 hours. So, as a compromise I’ve decided to share some of the recent photographic discoveries. This has been productive in that I have spent some necessary time with these images – time that is essential to develop some of the tendrils of prospective ideas that have been insinuating themselves into my consciousness as of late.
Out of the 22 new photos I’ve added in the past month, here are my 5 favorites: