Saturday, April 20, 2013

Holding On To Things

This weekend will be my 3rd time participating in the annual open studios event at my building and I'm excited to have the chance again to open my doors to the public. I really enjoy the interaction with visitors and it's such a great opportunity to share what I have been working on recently.

Last year I started actually working during opening studios and this proved to be a great strategy, at least for me. Not only does it give me something to focus on throughout the day, it's a great platform to talk about my work. It also provides guests an opportunity to see my artistic process up close and how I go about constructing my collages.

In the middle of preparing for this event I'm also relocating all of my older work, that has been in storage elsewhere, into my studio. As each piece comes in I'm faced with the decision to keep it or let it go... never an easy choice because everything I have created has meaning behind it and in someway has influenced my work today.

Do I really need that sketch though I did of a still life back in undergrad? Do I really need to keep that original woodcut block I used back in 1998 for a print? I strongly believe that letting go of things that no longer serve a purpose in our lives opens up the way for something new to come in. If something no longer holds value, it's time to let it go.

Between the purging of old work and cleaning my studio for this upcoming weekend, the energy has shifted in my working space significantly. I'm excited to see how all of this influences my creative process moving forward!

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