I love pussy willows. The bareness of the long branches, the otherworldly softness of the catkin tufts, the contrast between the dark branches and the light, almost iridescent catkins, and that they signal (and perfectly embody) the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
Many things have happened since my last post (in September of last year!). Perhaps the most significant change is that I am now spending more time in the ceramics studio. Now I’m there every Friday for most of the day, plus every other Wednesday evening for 3-4 hours. I go no matter how I’m feeling or what kind of day I’m having, and I never regret it. This last time I glazed two pieces and wedged a bit of clay so that it is useable again. And that’s it.
Actually, that’s not it. My teacher/mentor and I spent some time talking about an exhibition submission we’re preparing. We edited our project idea and divided the prep tasks so that we can get all the paperwork in today. I’ll be thrilled if they accept the project, because I’ve really been wanting to make a larger sculptural work with wire, but since I have limited space in my apartment I really needed a reason to do so. The exhibition is called the KM of Sculpture, and it’s a month-long, outdoor sculpture event.
I created a Project board on Pinterest, so you can track my thinking about the project over the course of the last month or so. Click here to check it out. In the end, we’re proposing something quite different, but I always think it’s interesting to see how projects develop, plus these ideas related to change and metamorphosis are still fascinating to me.
That aside, I’ve been listening to the new album by Screaming Females a lot. Like constant rotation. Click here to listen on Spotify.
It’s been three months since I posted v1 of eyes and ears. And three months since any progress reports. But a lot has happened in that time — I definitely haven’t been lazy! First, I moved. Then I became very busy with (paid) work. Then I signed an employment contract (I’m still doing some freelance work, but considering I was only freelancing for over seven years, this is a BIG change). Then I spent a week in Vilnius with Jonas. Then I had the joy of dealing with a lice infestation. My first real holiday in many, many years started this evening, and my mother arrives for a visit on Tuesday (it’s been four years since she last visited me in Estonia and 1.5 years since we last saw each other at all). I’ve also completed a number of sketches and ceramic works (progress reports to come).
Well, anyway. Below is some inspiring art I discovered recently and keep going back to. It amazes me to gather these images and see what a coherent grouping they form together. I clearly have an interest in texture and in single/unified subjects.
From the Interstices textile series by Eleanor Anderson
Column of Akule (2006; photography) by Wayne Levin
Untitled (1977; black chalk on wove paper) by Martin Puryear
From the Abstraction series by Satsuki Shibuya
Symbol / manipulation (2009; mixed media painting) by Tomasa Martin
BALL/BOWL (1985; paper bowl with handmade string) by Kay Sekimachi
Study 133 (stainless steel wire and asphaltum) by Anne Mudge
Original Abstract. 7 (2010; watercolor, ink, pencil, string) by Stacey Rees
I didn’t really know what to call this post (which will be part of an ongoing series), so I just picked something rather than get hung up on it… This series is about what’s been inspiring me this week. It could be anything, but this time it’s music and some artwork I found via Pinterest…
I’m currently adoring this new album of Alfred Schnittke’s Complete Piano Music performed by Simon Smith. Q2 provides a nice overview of it, and they’re currently streaming it online.
I spend a lot of time on Pinterest, and I have to say it has been a wonderful source of inspiration and knowledge for me over the past year. I pin a number of images each week, but there are always a few that stay with me and I would like to highlight them here.
‘God’s Prototype: The Nature of Man: Lungs’ (2002; sticks, stones, graphite and gesso on wood) by Ian Crawley
Wire drawings of seeds by Steven Follen
‘Dancing with dots on thin lines’ (2013) by Leise Dich Abrahamsen
Self (1975-76) by Annegret Soltau
Folding by Eli Craven
What images or sounds have captured you lately?