I had one success with something today but I was only the designer...I took a found object and found washers to the welder to have him weld it for me so I can put a puzzle head in it. I'm not sure if I will use the current head I have or wait until another one comes out of me. For lack of having anything done and lack of having ANY photos lately...here ya go. Works in progress because I now need to decide what sort of tall base I am going to use to boost the whole thing up chest high. I have wood choices to decide on or go for having someone fabricate a metal structure. I typically don't like to show unfinished works (I don't think I ever have in fact)...but I think I need to be a little more playful right now and not take everything so seriously.
I am finding one challenge I have is giving myself the freedom to do whatever I want without worrying what everyone will think. Now that I have my little niche with the photos/mixed media I have a fear that everyone is expecting that kind of work and if I do something different there will be question marks bouncing off of people's eyes. I guess it's like the actor who always plays a villain...if he does it for too long few people can blot that out and accept that suddenly he is now a saint. I need to have the courage to make whatever I want without worrying too much, easy to say but hard to do when I have the mindset right now of everything needs to be sellable. Letting go of the constant money struggle gets in the way. Letting go of acceptance from others takes up the rest of the space. Many nuances, once again that I hadn't realized existed in the whole art life thing. I think back on my other work and realize there was a different energy with it, it was more of an exploration fueled by a blast of naivety and brute force. I feel like a tightrope walker who said "anyone can do that" and just jumped out there and did it. Now, suddenly, I'm looking down and realizing hey I could fall on my ass!
Some of you are new to the blog, here is a video I made earlier this year with the puzzle head and Tod. (it was the first video I ever put together from photographs so it's short and sweet)