ART AND DESIGN
For me, art and design are a reflection of my surroundings, thoughts, memories and relationships. Although I'm always conscious of looking, seeing and recording, the actual formulation of a design or an artwork is a result of the unconscious mixing of all the senses. I don't necessarily separate design and art into separate categories because the process of "conceptualizing" and "making" is so all- encompassing. There is an endless borrowing and sharing between two and three dimensional concepts.
The idea of "craft" has transformed over the years from activities associated with the manufacture of practical and useable items such as clothing and furniture to the assimilation of "craft" into the creation" of aesthetic works which stand on their own as artwork.
As a two dimensional artist of graphite drawings and digital photographs, I'm also connected at the same time to the manufacture of jewelry, knitted items and sewn garments. The inspiration and concepts for all of this come from a stored collection of subconscious ideas. I can't just do one thing. It would be like trying not to breathe too much. Art, thought, concept, etc are autonomic reflexes which are an integral part of my DNA.
Above: My husband, Gary, and me next to a Chuck Close mosaic, NYC Subway, 2017
MARK MAKING Sunday, October 29, 2017
Today is a day for reading in bed. Fall in this part of New England hasn’t been as colorful as in past years due to a summer infestation of Gypsy caterpillers, then frequent rain. But the view from my bedroom office where I now sit is always interesting. It might be argued that I’m looking at the same thing all the time but that wouldn’t take into account the barred owl that lit on a branch across the terrace or the many birds that are active in the early morning. Leaves may be falling, but I love the green lichens that speckle tree bark and the maze of intersecting branch shapes and the pattern of skeletonized leaves.
There really is no valid excuse for not making art. Although I’ve had a marathon session updating my websites, I also keep a sketchbook and memo pad at my side for random ideas. The wheels always turn; I think that every artist would say this.
I’ve committed to more graphite drawings for my gallery north of here and subject matter has been collected. Interestingly enough, my cat respects the twigs and branches which I have pinned to foamcore, but makes gargantuan leaps onto high shelves to bring them to ground. This is a season for methodical and mesmerizing mark making with graphite pencils, my favorite tools. I love the surface of the paper and the gradual building of the image. I work slow but steady and there are times when it becomes a little tedious. But as with Fall to Winter to Spring, the end is always in sight.
Above: view from my office, Deep River, CT
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Artsy Editorial by Casey Lesser
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