“… accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward.”
My solo graduating show is now up at the Extension Gallery in Enterprise Square until October 18th. I am grateful to those who took time out of their weekend September 30th to come to the opening reception and share their impressions with me. A few people asked what I would do next, now that I am finishing my certificate in visual arts. I plan to make more art! I have several different directions I am interested in exploring, and lots more learning to do. I can’t take typical art classes (chemicals, dust, etc.) but I will find a way to continue adding to my art education as I go. I also plan to become an expert art packer. All exits look the same will be at the Artpoint Gallery in Calgary in February 2018, and I plan to apply to other public or artist-run galleries.
All in all, I am excited for what lies ahead and I welcome my next leap forward.
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” Steve Jobs
Unexpected change and learning to live a different life is something many experience. In 2013 my body decided it wanted a divorce. Although I hoped we could work things out, for a time we were separated. This series is an abstracted visual narrative of my experiences in developing and living with chronic illness. Drawing was a way for me to reflect on the changes in my life over time, and helped me to come to a point of acceptance.
No longer able to draw with traditional materials due to severe sensitivities, I have embraced the digital medium. While the apps I use mimic traditional materials, there is an inherent digital footprint that I embrace, a stair-stepped line, a slight blur of the image. I do not try to obscure these elements, as without this new medium I would not be able to practice art at all. In addition to my own experiences I seek out blogs, books and film. Language and words play an important role in the development of my work.
My life now is both the same and very different. No matter what challenge we face, darkness and light can coexist. In accepting the darkness/fear/anxiety that comes with major change instead of pushing against it, I found I could create something new that is still me.*
All exists look the same – lyric excerpted from the Avett Brothers I and Love and You
*David Gandelman Acceptance https://insighttimer.com/groundedmind/guided-meditations/acceptance and
Sarah Blondin Accepting Change https://soundcloud.com/liveawakepodcast/podcast-accepting- change
quotes: BrainyQuote http://bit.ly/2xa7aLv and http://bit.ly/2xOJ9XD