This feather may look worthless, but it comes from afar, and carries with it all my good intentions.
-The Joy Luck Club
Last week I posted the third piece in this continuing series, Quoth the Raven. And since then, we've had another awesome critique. This new form of critique has been the best thing for me, ever. In undergrad, getting someone to even speak one word to me about my work was like getting blood out of a turnip. This system ensures people will speak. Here is a link to an essay regarding the new crit process, Liberatory Critique, written by the head of my program. It's a very important and meaningful process for me especially, given that I am used to getting a ton of absolute, and stunning silence in my life and art....even on here. Usually I am swimming in my own head because of this fact, and so I think, "To hell with what everyone else thinks, because I'm not sure they think about anything I produce at all." And here we are again. With the aid of my visitor tracker, I know that people do come, do look, but often don't say a word or leave a comment. We'll see what happens, I guess, but it's disheartening, and it's polarizing.
The second piece from this series that I presented to my fellow MACA students is this print/watercolor regarding again, the subject of Koinonia, and one aspect of that word, 'sharing'. I decided to share some of the wealth of what I have seen in Baltimore thus far. But other than that, I have used the image of a dancer again (movement), and one of my favorite thoughts/phrases, the quote from the Joy Luck Club, written above.
Quoth the Raven - Carry
The titles are like a time stamp. "Baltimore-time". So I have again, used the Poe reference of the raven. I think of these pieces as metaphors for how I feel going into this 'Community Arts' masters program. I want to fly, and I want to help carry the weight of others. I want everything/everyone I see, and smell, and hear, and feel, to be able to SOAR to magnificent effect.
Well, thanks for stopping, now I have Artscape fun with my sites' Youth, I taught them collograph printmaking techniques, and they have BRILLIANTLY assimilated the process! Artscape is America's largest free arts festival, located in Baltimore, Maryland. YAY!