Pursuing Art

“Arting,” Celebrations and Lessons Learned

The last few weeks have been filled with art creation and sharing. I I learned so much about what kind of art I want to make and how I want to show it.  I was so proud of my high school students and their fantastic Unicorn Art car. They worked so hard to complete the vehicle, and their efforts paid off. The car won second place in the student organization category!!ac

I also had the incredible opportunity to do an artist collaboration with El-Eduh, a very talented Houston artist that runs Chimera magazine (http://www.chimerartmag.com/). This collaboration was such a blast! I loved geeking out about art with another artist! We spent three days sculpting and painting two beautiful masks.el

I also showed my work with The Generators Playground at the East Down Warehouse 420 Show and with Warehouse Gallery Starwars Show. I then showed at the RAW artist showcase and Madness on Main. These experiences taught me so much about showing artwork.tabe

From the 420 show, I learned about showing work on a table outdoors. And how important lighting is. I learned how vital it is to have other artists support and how wonderful it is when you get it. I was extremely under the weather for the show, and another artist, b1_artstudio, helped support with great conversation and take down. I also met all the awesome creators of the Generators Playground. They were so supportive and friendly. I also made my first art barter too!

I learned from the RAW show that friends are so important. I had to sell 20 tickets for 20$ a piece and my friends and family stepped up. I also sold work at this show and was so excited. Two amazing patrons bought three of my works last minute and we snapped a photo.  three

At the Madness on Main show, I met some amazing artists that helped me set up my tent and inspire new art creation.  I didn’t sell any work but came up with so many new ideas for artworks to come. I also got to listen to some lovely bluegrass music, scored some awesome art stickers, traded hats, had some deep conversations and was complimented like crazy on my art and outfit. picart

Though out all my art selling experiences this month, I learned what it’s like to show themed work and how to be more humble. I was so proud of my artworks. I was sure they would sell like hot-cakes, but alas, they did not. They did sell, but not in the capacity that I hoped. I chose, instead of reacting with sadness, to celebrate the chance to share something that I am proud of with others. I used this also as an opportunity to remind myself what my art creation is about- building knowledge of the medium and participating in the beauty of that creation.

Every critique is a means of growth, every disappointment is an opportunity to learn and also teach others. I did get some positive feedback on the works, despite not selling them, and thought of artists all over the world, past and present, that showed their work over and over again until someone, somewhere embraced their style and vision. The greatest power of humanity is the capacity to never give up on something that you love.

 

 

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Showing Art, Resurrection, and The Art of Kintsugi

In the last two weeks, I have been showing and selling art work at the House of Blues Foundation Room Art Room. I have learned so much about making, showing and selling art.

Every time I set up and take down my work, I set up and take down new knowledge and growth. One of these lessons is that every moment of struggle, whether small or large, leads me further on journey as an artist. This reflection stems from an incident right before my art show last week where something broke, literally.

As I was rearranging my boxes and art works, the new beautiful Princess Leia art mask shattered. As I struggled in my grandmother’s vintage dress, a Resurrection gone well that night, to carefully pick up the pieces and see what i could salvage, it was all I could do to keep from breaking into tears. All I could think was, I can make a new one or find a way to fix it, but it will never be the same. The night went well and I ended up selling two art works but I was still morning my Leia.

I came home to the broken Leia and began brainstorming right away ways to fix her. As I researched ceramic repair methods, I came across the ancient technique of  Kintsugi or using gold to repair cracks. The philosophy behind this technique is that the cracks themselves are beautiful and should be celebrated, just like the ones in life that build character.

This resonated personally and  and I became set on using this technique to rescue my princess. I thought about how princess Leia could connect to the art of Kintsugi and uncovered so many connections! Her lover was frozen in golden carbonate, and she was shackled to Jabba the Hut with golden bonds. She was broken again and again by the empire but continued to show resilience and dedication to her cause.

I also looked up further connections of these two ideas and came across this beautiful blog post by a cancer survivor. The woman in the post compares her life to a Princess Leia coffee mug that breaks when she finds out about her cancer. As she battles the cancer, she holds onto the pieces of the cup and her family uses the Kintsugi technique to restore it.

Other articles championed this ancient art technique for its simple beauty and its reminder to all that Resurrection is not only possible but necessary for showing the gold within.

I cant wait to apply this technique to Leia and am even planning on breaking Yoda on purpose in order to match.

I “Figure”

My next series will be ceramic figures illustrating mental illnesses in reaction to our government deleting their support web pages concerning mental illness. When someone declares they have a mental illness many people respond negatively or with little respect. Many people think that mental illness is something that people just need to get over. They don’t see or understand the fact that it can be a lifetime struggle and is nothing to be ashamed of. I want to create works that show the struggle and the means to fight it through acceptance, demonstrification and mindfulness.

I was inspired by this amazing artist Toby Allen who says this about his work

“The project originated from imagining my own anxieties as monsters and finding it to be a cathartic and healing process to draw them,” Allen told The Huffington Post. “It made them feel weaker and I was able to look at my own anxiety in a comical way.”

http://www.boredpanda.com/mental-illnesses-illustrated-by-monsters-by-toby-allen/

 

Political Art Work

I’m doing a political artwork for the First 100 Days Art Show. I need folks who are or are descendants of refugees or immigrants to send me photos of themselves or family members. Please email me the photo and a one sentence quote about the person in the photos views on politics and or immigration.

There are so many great opportunities for art making and inspirational experiences out there. After my search, I found these amazing artist calls and contests to get involved in in the Houston area:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-100-days-artists-respond-to-the-donald-trump-presidency-300403914.html  (First 100 Days Art Show Call)

https://www.fresharts.org/artist_opportunities

https://weingartenartgroup.submittable.com/submit

http://houstonartsalliance.com/publicart/opportunities/

https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=5192