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Loose leaves Along The Road

May 19, 2013

 

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It might have taken nearly thirty years but I’m finally getting there with my drawings. I’ve always struggled with drawing untill very recently when I managed to change my approach, it’s only a subtle shift but it makes a world of difference. It really centres round drawing what you want to draw regardless of outcome, so instead of worrying what others may think of it and possible judgements, you just work fully immersed in the exploration of your idea. And for me that has resulted in a sincere engagement with my sketching, lifting most of my inhibitions in the process. It’s also allowing me to explore a greater diversity of possibilities and ideas , I guess in art the ultimate goal is freedom, but you have to battle with yourself to get there.

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I feel that by exploring extreme possibilities it opens up your horizons to new ideas and concepts and by treading that path your whole sensibility is forced to change and embrace the unknown. And so through my drawing I am going through a significant transition as I explore through curiosity and intuition, there is no starting point and each idea is just a marker along my open-ended journey.

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There comes a time in life where ambition and destination fade away and you can focus on the open-ended exploration of  ideas and concepts. Fear of failure is no longer an option and in my own case I fall back on the saying “nothing ventured nothing gained” so for me it’s imperative that I explore the options open to me, if I don’t I know it will lead to my discontent.

In It TogetherWith figurative and representational art there is a delicate balance and with my own work I like it to fall within the realms of physical possibility, it’s not that it would happen but that it could. In some ways the whole figurative thing does expose a restrictive practice that has limited my approach in the past but in the last year or so I have addressed this and moved forward but still have a long way to go. In life nothing is absolute or set in stone and art has taught me to question everything and take nothing for granted and it’s finding comfort in that knowledge that has allowed me to adopt a more  progressive outlook.

A Small Step For Woman1An open mind is becoming essential to my process as I fight the insidious societal pressures of conformity and mediocrity that we are all subject to. Inside I know that it is only through having the courage to be different that you can ever be a catalyst for change, by doing the once unthinkable you can innovate and offer something new, it may be uncomfortable at first but eventually concepts become assimilated into the collective consciousness of society. Whether or not in my own work I achieve any significance in the wider world  is in material, compared to the significance of my personal journey.

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