I had the pleasure of attending the opening reception for my show All exits look the same in the Upstairs Gallery of the ArtPoint Gallery and Studios Society in Calgary, Alberta last week. I had many interesting discussions, and was also pleased to find a community of people who have lived similar experiences to mine. It’s hard to put into words that feeling when you are among people who understand.
Art became, and continues to be, my way of processing events in my life. It can be as simple as a stick drawing or something more developed. It can be traditional pencil and paper or paints, or it can be an art-based application. The method is not as important as taking the time to make marks, or an image. Put away the critical voice in your head and just try.
Watch for my next post about art applications. If you have a smart phone or a tablet, applications are relatively inexpensive ways to be creative.
“… accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward.” Harvey Mackay
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. Below is a selection of photos from the exhibition.
All in all, I am excited for what lies ahead and I welcome my next leap forward.
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I completed my final portfolio review at the end of February. The panel who reviewed my work said it was ready to show. I’m so glad we agree 🙂 It was a great feeling of accomplishment to see the works as a cohesive whole. Watch my site and Facebook page in the coming months for more information. Here is a preview of a piece that will be in the show:
Some of you know I am preparing for a solo final show for my visual arts certificate. A part of my formal plan involves exploring materials that I may be able to use in spite of my severe sensitivities. Unfortunately, my first attempt did not go so well.
I thought I might be able to create something using fabric and thread, wrapping the fabric with the thread. I chose cotton fabric, which is pretty much all I wear these days so I know I tolerate it, and bought some thread. Two tries later I knew it was a big fail – my face was bright red and my chest was tight. Likely the dye on the thread was the problem. (It’s so fine, I thought, there can’t be enough to cause a reaction. But I guess running it through your fingers for 20 minutes overrides the fine-ness.) I can consider sourcing out a different type of thread, but I did want some colour on it, so we’ll see if I get anywhere with it. I wasn’t sold on how my half finished sculpture was progressing, and I may or may not pursue it.
To console myself, I purchased two new art apps to try and I have been having fun with that. These two drawings were created using ArtRage.