While in school the nature of my art process was situated in the classroom. What, when and how I chose to do work was reflected by assignments in any given semester and instructor. As I look back I realize how lucky I was to have a rich and varied experience from which to draw from for my next phase.
My process since finishing my BFA has been exploring new mediums, techniques while at the same time responding to artist calls. It has made the transition exciting. However I am ready to create a body of work that is defined internally from start to finish. I often hear and indeed notice that some artists can be recognized by their work. One looks at a painting and says that's a Van Gogh. I also have been told that this is important to strive toward, I need to settle into one mode to be recognized. My internal response has been "but I like many different mediums and styles. I love to experiment with what a medium can do and I want to learn more by doing". Is this naive?
|"Be Still My Pounding Heart"|
My first step to finding my equilibrium outside school is to re-evaluate my process. I want to tease out details of my process for creating. My goal is to be spontaneous but rigorous in my approach. One area that I am revisiting is the use of the seven elements of design: balance, unity, emphasis,movement, rhythm, contrast and proportion. So this is where I begin - the basics. I found the resource below that I'm sure to use many times over in my travels.