The Rebellious Expanded Square
Oh My Yes, OVERTHINKING! It is an art form, right? This really is my greatest challenge. To get out of my head. This is where I work — I plan, vision, tweek, execute and complete all in my head. Then when I go to actually “do” the project I forget. The details of the perfect plan are usually missing. On those rare occasions when I am able to access those finer points they don’t quite work the same on real materials as they did in my head. My best work happens when I can still my inner beast “shut her up” get her out of the way and let the process flow.
I’ve always thought of myself as a rebel and enjoy it but as I read the essay and thought through all of this I realize that yes I am a rebel but only in certain areas of my being. I’ve never had a problem breaking lots of the conventional rules. I’m a child of the 60’s. Living with the consequences of those choices has not always been easy but I’m very comfortable with it. It’s who I am except when it comes to my art. I’m beginning to see that my art is an expression of my very core and at that core I am quite judgmental and hard on myself. I now have a much clearer picture of where I’m blocking myself.
I had never worked with the expanded square before. It was very intimidating at first but I’m now having fun with it. Part of my challenge is that when I see highly contrasted images I almost always see the negative space first. I have to squint, turn my head and concentrate to get the positive image into focus. What I find odd about this is that once I do see the positive image it becomes very difficult for me to refocus on the negative image. It makes life interesting.
The square I’m sending along is a representation of me. I love crisp clean geometric lines but I also like curves. The flower I used is my “tag”. It’s an image that I started using at a very young age. For people who've know me forever it’s all I need as a signature.