This past Friday I had the opportunity to show at Finch Lane Gallery with 2 other artists, Namon Bills and Elise Ostraff. We each had a few minutes to speak about our art and I would like to continue that here.
The title of the Show was Sacred Texting which came out of a mash up of "Sacred Texts" and "Texting". A sacred text, or scripture, is a record of God's communications with man. Texting is a record of people communicating with people. This show is an opportunity to consider the sacredness of these interactions...to be aware of the messages we are sending, and what our communications with each other can mean. Each piece is a record of a communication that I want to send out.
I also had an opportunity to speak a little bit about my process. My phone is the vehicle I use to send out a text. My artist voice speaks through a set of self imposed parameters that are coming from deep in me and consists of at least 3 parts.
The first is a love for the challenge of using the "unusable". I want to "mine the piles"..those things that once were mined from the earth and used and then discarded. They are most often found in piles. When I am able to use these resources, not only do I feel rewarded creatively, I feel good about cleaning up the mess. To take something messy and compact it and organize it and then hang it up to look at where it will take very little space..this is something I am driven to do. I have even fantasized about walking into a doctors waiting room, gathering up all of the magazines and screwing them together into one beautiful solid square. How satisfying!
Many years ago, I took an art class at BYU from a graduate student who had a love for building. (I think his name was Shoels...anybody??) He took us to the old B66 building and taught us how to use basic power tools. He changed my life. I acquired a drill and felt the power of tightly bonding two objects together. I have loved that construction process ever since.
The 3rd imperative is my love for philosophy...finding meaning in life and talking about it....connecting with people. I want to share what I have to say and I want to hear what you have to say. I like a conversation that consists of "thinking out loud". Apart from studio and study hours that I LOVE, I am mostly drawn to be with people. Art has opened up great opportunities to meet great people and have good conversations.
So my process consists of gathering up, tearing down, building up and looking for meaning. This is my version of sacred texting. The show will run through November 17, 2017. If you get a chance to see it, send me a text!