I am pleased to announce that I have been accepted to exhibit one piece at the " New Bedford Harbor in a New Light" Show. The show will be at two venues- The New Bedford Art Museum and The UMASS Star Store.
This exhibit showcases local artists sharing their own creative interpretations on New Bedford. It will be a unique exhibit because unlike many 'call for art' exhibitions the curators specifically asked artists to submit proposals for brand new work.
When I first saw the Call for Artist - I immediately thought "Wow my paper collage piece of the NB harbor entitled "New Bedford Rising" would be perfect for this show, but unfortunately the curators were looking for new work, work that was thoughtfully and intently made for that show and ONLY that show. At first it was daunting because all I could imagine was how perfect my collage piece would be and what would I do if I didnt show my collage piece??? YIKES!!!! But after brainstorming and dreaming and procrastinating and sketching and scribbling and splashing watercolors on tons of paper floating all over the studio, I eventually started to have a couple ideas. This led to more ideas which then led to a flood of ideas swirling in my head and keeping me up at night.
Doing this piece presented a lot of challenges and questions and decisions:
- What materials should I use?
- Should I do another collage since I have been working for a full year straight on collages? and I haven't touched any paint since?
- Should I do a painting? since after all... I am a Painter!! and I do miss the feel of paint on my brushes as they press against the soft resist of a freshly stretched canvas?
- Should I propose multiple small works that read as 1?
- Should I propose one large work? In fact... I have not worked on large scale paintings since my Thesis show at UMASS in 2007.
- Should I do a mixed media collage piece?
Should I? Should I? Should I?
For this show there were two juried periods- one for the proposal outlining full concepts and intentions and another for the final work produced. So after presenting my final concept which was accepted -yah!!- I was ready to lock myself in my studio for the next three months, for the Magical Maddness to begin.
Stay tune for further updates on the process and progress of my piece that took many forms and stages.