Sunday, October 30, 2011

More clarity

I have decided to stop  trying to  make a specific statement with my work and try to  think more intuitively and freely with things that inspire me and the images and objects that can be created from that.

I feel very disconnected with lots of things right now, and I need to stop fighting it and embrace it.  Information, emotions, colors, sounds, shapes and  day to day occurrences seem to be flying at me and its hard to decipher what is what anymore.  this bombardment  skews my perception of what is really around me, and things that should otherwise be decipherable now seem to mesh with everything else, thus taking on characteristics outside itself.     My previous battles between myself and nature where only touching the surface of what kinds of tension what really going on and although i think  the nature culture battle is significant to my narrative, I think there is much more to be  seen.

The landscape is an integral part of what inspires me and a maker.  The visual information  that the landscape provides can at times be confusing in our contemporary culture. The landscape is not only made up of its natural wonders but is also bombarded with the towering presence of  culture, which intersects, divides, and destroys  the natural landscape.  This  mash up of forms, textures, colors and shapes  can at times skew our perception and things that should otherwise be decipherable now seem to mesh with one another.  My interest lies within this  unnatural combination and how we are connected to it physically and physiologically. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

October- time for some clarity please!?

I have been busy working  with lots of projects going on .. but what the heck am I talking about?  From the get go i was  dead set on this culture/ nature duality but is that what I am really talking about anymore?

-commenting on the preciousness of jewelry, its timelessness, permanence- can that be seen with my use of cement?

-Nature motifs are prominent in jewelry but if nature really something we connect with anymore? has our values changed? - hence using cement?

-what does it mean if i make a chain out of cement links?- they are permanent, strong, and associated with durability, culture,  the city, industry, not something held with any "value"

- Am i talking about how our  culture and values have changed?  

- are we interested in beauty only? is beauty superficial?

- I think it is interesting to juxtapose materiality with meaning.

- Using the  fake grass as  my stand in for nature,   and then adorning it with cement like our landscape is
- using the cement as gems  or embellishments on the landscape.

- but its also ridiculous to use fake grass because that is a pretty crappy stand in for landscape.  But I have no real   connection, and feel disconnected anyway so is that ok?