as a full time artist working for no one but myself, i find it challenging to know what to do next. after the rush of a project is over and the high dissolves into unseen particles, i must then refocus and find the next thing.
it was a relief when we got here last month to have dan suggest i make some bone furniture to be exhibited at the Doss Heritage & Culture Center in weatherford, texas. i felt pressure and stress, but was excited and given purpose. a few posts down for those of you who haven't seen, i indeed made two tables which will exhibit later this week.
i was flying last week let me tell you! and now i'm stumbling around looking for familiarity or clues to whats next. working on the new blog also kept me busy, but as you artists know, if ya aint making art, things dont feel right inside. i feel little to no pull to make my own art. meaning, back to my clocks or puzzle or mixed media works. those works are packed up as are most of the materials that i use to make them. all that rusty scrappy stuff just takes up too much space to lay out and work on and it still feels like i need to be working with what is available here and now. it's hard to know if in the future, some far off time when i can only imagine how i might actually have the space and time to dig out all my materials, if i will indeed revisit those bodies of work. i hear some artists are like that, they make a few here and there and move on. if i keep moving on i get the feeling my art will follow suit. just means next time we move i dont lug all the collected materials with me!
so today tod and i will go to the bone house, its sunday so there might not be anyone around. i'm going to savant myself into an art mode i hope. the phoenix commotion now has a design store with the idea in mind that artists can make art based on the theme of whatever project is in the works. that means, bones and wood and mirror to match the bone house theme. the design store is a great idea as the sales will benefit the artist and the phoenix commotion, fueling both at once. the challenging part is creating functional art that isn't too expensive or too kitschy. i've been a bit stumped honestly as i can't keep making bone furniture unless they get more bones (supply is limited right now) and we find out that there is demand. i don't want to fall into a crafty mode and make something stupid but i can't be making $1200 pieces either. good challenge isn't it!
so. up and down and on and off. back to that 'what am i doing' mantra and looking for an answer. at least it isn't boring....