Recently I have been reflecting on the Dynamic Harmony collection. During the making processes 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 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 similar to a telephoto lens. This step was crucial to me, I needed the ability to focus in 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 of 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.
I feel like this piece is forever changing and evolving. I keep seeing new and interesting layers and things I can do with this. I was having so much fun working in three dimensional shapes I knew I wanted to make something big. I wanted to push myself to see how big I could make this body of work. I used more of my style from Trimming for the first layers of paper and vinyl. I used more colors, inspired from my digital collages and sketches. I played with different types of surfaces and spray paints inspired from Intention, Extension. Planes of Placidity feels like the collaboration of my previous work. I am working on finishing new layers with wood and plexi glass to manipulate the idea of layers similar to the use of vellum in Stress Relief. My favorite experiment in this piece came with using holographic vinyl. I work to push materials beyond the original purpose and combine them with other media. I enjoy making big pieces that have interesting sections that bounce your eyes to different places and when you walk around it.
In this piece I decided to use all the materials I had previously prepped for other projects but fitting them into one composition. I used a whole new style that I had not worked with before. I did not check how each piece worked in correlation to the others until the very last layers. I started the composition by randomly laying down paper and glueing it on. I thought less and used intuition more. I worked starting with big layers to small. I had been researching and exploring music, specifically slower music full of drums. After reflecting on the piece I questioned the steps of my art process and my 'working' phase. I thought about the beat of music: patterns, rhythms, melody. I was surprised on how quickly this piece flowed together. I used all the things I learned from my previous paper and mixed media collage.
In this piece I worked with materials to build dimensions. I played with rearranging, cutting, glueing, and forming them into different abstractions. I realized in this project that I find it hard to glue down and solidify the project. I love changing the final look of my projects. From this project I also started thinking more about how I can use that to continue to change the project instead of keeping it the same every time. In this project I worked with spray paint, vellum, paper, and different compositions. I worked with the concept of not finishing the piece to be in a border, but something other than a rectangle, square, or other shape but shapes on top of each other instead. I want people to think about layers with this project. I also want them to think about the relationship between the shapes, lines, and values. I used two different techniques from making one composition and cutting it into parts and making one piece it's separate composition and then laying it on as a separate layer and consistently moving around pieces to find how I preferred the lines and shapes to work together in space.
I started with the idea of using layers to describe a space. I played with paper, vellum, paint, chalk, markers, ink. I explored basic elements like lines, shapes, and values to create more dimension while in a two dimensional platform. I think about this in relation to stress and how things can add up to become bigger problems. When you are looking closely everything can get confusing and look difficult, but stepping back and looking on the outside it gets simpler. I think stress builds up in my life from my base (outside, easy shapes, basic things) and then it becomes harder to manage things because I will say yes to things I don't really need to add to my plate without analyzing them, this is what makes things become difficult. (inside, messy). I aim to find balance in my life which translates to my artwork. When I am in the inside of all the things making me feel stressed, it feels difficult, like I don't know which way to turn or how to handle anything. When I can step back and step outside of all those things, I realize that it is not that bad, it's not so hard, and I am not the only one dealing with stress. After stepping back I feel better and can control my emotions and just get everything done as it comes.