Path Studies

I had a dream or something about playing around with varying combinations of point, line, direction and color, over a grid, as a way of mapping the story arc of a lifetime. The rules of the drawings are inspired by algorithms used by computers to solve pathfinding problems in spatial exercises. But looking at the simplicity of the image, I’m reminded of things like sigils, hobo signs and constellations, all to do with ways of finding one’s way. These are just quick renderings in colored pencil, but I’ve a mind to try them next in watercolor or guache.

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A Light in the Darkness

Going straight into winter on the tail of November’s election upset didn’t bode well for those of us in Northern climes, especially if you happen to suffer from a touch of Seasonal Affective Disorder or vitamin D deficiency around certain times of year. ‘There’s no bad weather, just bad clothing’ we like to say here, knowing that the worst thing for Winter blues is to let them keep us holed-up in solitude. To beat the soul-sucking cold and grey, the best thing to do is to willingly go out into it. Light a fire, embrace the ice and don’t let it win. This is why we celebrate light during the darkest time of the year, and why those who haven’t experienced this trial don’t understand it’s great value as a galvanizing force.

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The Veil

There are worlds within this world. Everyone is capable of experiencing places where the border realms collide, but most won’t share these stories out of fear of being publicly shamed for having them. These moments exist in our shadows, and are often some of our most emotionally charged memories. At this point on the calendar wheel, we celebrate the thinning of the veil between worlds. Now mostly lost in a flurry of costumes and candy, the potential to reach across the divide is still intuitively understood, though hidden in plain sight. Echoes of ghosts can be encountered across the web as well, as we begin to hit digital memorialization and the effects of developing AI.

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Everyday Rituals

Everyone performs rituals to give order to their day. Often, these are punctuated by the use of objects; a favorite mug, a favorite shirt, a wedding ring. What we drive, where we live, color signals, media preferences. We’re all at once broadcasting a story and attracting those who use the same codes. Some of us avoid each other like oil and water, some of us have magnetic qualities. All of us read intent by interpreting signs and symbols borne on the surface of the other. We decide almost instantly who we’re interacting with based on superficial details, seemingly out of necessity.

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Chaos Theory

I am a compulsive list maker. I don’t do digital, I need paper and pen, analog all the way. Once a week, I condense last week’s list with the coming week’s calendar, to give me an idea of what the docket looks like. My desk is littered with various binders and notebooks, full of documentation pertaining to projects in the works. At any given time, there’ at least a dozen things jostling around in the hopper, but only so many can come out at once, and what will emerge completed from the mix is a combination of planning and happenstance. I have maybe 4 hours of usable time a day, it’s a battle.

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The Silver Cord

In metaphysics, the silver cord is described as a strong, silver-colored, elastic cord which joins a person’s physical body to their astral body. In studio practice, I like to think of it as an invisible thread that connects each piece in order of creation, invisibly linking them with the spirit of the work. Since I’m not monogamous with my materials, and like to experiment a lot with new methods, sometimes this subtle webbing seems like the only thing that unites my work.

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Art Makes Meaning

“Art is not some fun add-on to life…Go back to the Ice Age and the artists then were still making art even when living constantly under threat from starvation, cold and predators … The need to express oneself runs very, very deep. Because of course, art’s primary role is not as an asset class and it’s not…

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Triple Goddess

They say that two’s company and three is the number to begin a quest with. Sister artists, functional sculptor Korrin Lohmann and Sarah Holmes of Black Spoke Leather Co and I endeavor to keep each other accountable to artistic goals. We meet regularly to discuss upcoming deadlines, critique work and trouble-shoot business hangups. Three is good, but more’s better if you can rally them. I can’t overemphasize the value in cultivating a support network like this, however infrequent, it is critical to making meaningful artistic progress over the long haul!

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Into the Void

If you’ve ever been a part of a formal art training program, especially one predating the vast array of professional practice resources available for artists today, you may have found yourself stumbling through the wilderness post-degree. I’ve been told that up to ten years of this kind of wandering in the desert can be common, though I’m sure it’s different for everyone.

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