Reflection and Insight: Dynamic Harmony
Recently I have been reflecting on the Dynamic Harmony collection. During the making process, I was not interested in working with colors. I used a limited color palette because I wasn't sure what the message would be if I used color. This was later the catalyst for my exploration of color theory in my new collection. Previously I was not sure how to talk about my work or what I wanted to say, I only had the vision and a few words to describe what I was working towards. I feared explicitly describing what my work was about, this is why I chose ambiguity. I also wanted to make universally understood material. I aimed for my viewer to have a connection with the art piece even if it did not tie to a specific subject or experience. This is why I chose abstract, geometric shapes, and a few colors. My process enabled me to explore and challenge myself to create a complex, energetic, and rhythmic work. Parts of my creations were focused on finding a beat, something steady in the piece that could create a structure. After finding structure, I looked for moments of chaos to create where imagination was the main driving force. Once structure and chaos were set into the piece, I backed up from the composition to look at it as a whole. This process I describe as zooming in and out is similar to a telephoto lens. This step was crucial to me, I needed the ability to focus on small moments and find those moments to also be recreated when looking at the piece as a whole. Almost a fractal-like process. Once I found each of these mini-processes in my work I would deem it complete. My goal for the viewer was to feel a sense of satisfaction and calmness in my work. I would like the viewer to see these bits of chaos, stillness, and movement all working together in cohesion, similar to a song, book, play, or even possibly a metaphor for life. Another message in my work is located in the movement using repetition. In my experiences in life, I have found doors/windows/moments that not only are representative of a singular experience, but also a bigger picture. Similar to a lesson unlearned, going through the movements of the last one until you can break through into a different pattern of thought/experience. This is part of the driving force to be changing and integrating my new work differently from past work.
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