I ran across this Kathe Kollwitz quote (below) and I started thinking about how perfect it was, the description of what she does/did with her work. Not to put myself in this same category, but I feel that it also aptly describes what I try to do with my non-circular paintings. The key word there being "try".
I have been thinking for a few years on the subject of what my work means to me, and how it is being projected, and I have come to the conclusion that it's about the body. More specifically it's about blood...gross right? Or beautiful and life-giving, however one looks at it. I suppose for myself, I think it's both. It's that very dichotomy that interests me the most, and is what I strive for in my pieces.
I like the messiness in life, I like the grit of it. It makes me feel alive, like a human, and as I was always meant to be...natural. And, like a key fitting in a lock, perfect; perfectly human, perfectly flawed, perfectly fitting in this world. Even though this world is hard, I think I ultimately enjoy the fight, I enjoy the dirt, and I enjoy the body.
“I have never worked coldly … but rather, in a certain sense, with my own blood. Those who see my art must feel that.” -Kathe Kollwitz
Deer Hart (Dear Heart)-Golden
Deer Hart(Dear Heart)-Bloodsport
Deer Hart(Dear Heart)-Loaded
Deer Hart (Dear Heart)-Force
Deer Hart (Dear Heart)-Warm
Deer Hart (Dear Heart)-Mournings
Deer Hart (Dear Heart)-Mornings
Deer Hart (Dear Heart)-Pains
Coincidentally, my Artist Statement (from last year) is also about blood, and is still very relevant to this year's series...
I looked, and I saw the earth in flames. Her face was nothing but red.
The color red is associated with people's passions, be they joyous or painful. It is the color of the very essence of life, it is our blood. Blood is unique in that it carries two opposite connotations, it can be the giver of life or the harbinger of death. The giver of life has always been a woman, and the earth has always been personified. "She" is essential and ingrained; her experience is elemental, powerful, sanguine. She is not without a face, she is in every face.
...and, it still fits the lock.
(all images copyright protected, Shana R. Goetsch)