Between a full-time job with a publishing company, freelancing, getting ready to move in three months and being mid-production for my solo-show coming up in May, I am beyond busy. It's easy to feel stressed. Sometimes one needs a simple reminder...
“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
This phrase supports the Bound Series. My partner has expressed some confusion about what I've been making. "What does it mean?", "It's just ___ and ___". I am not sure how to respond to the question "what does it mean?" anymore. I know it's a simplified version of what are the conceptual underpinnings and it's making me very aware of how helpful a material list is in answering questions like these. When making work, the why in a choice of materials is really important to me. It's something I try and ask other artists when evaluating their work as well.
Many of the objects are combinations of 2-3 simple materials. They exist in and of themselves. They mean whatever you feel they should. My intention is to highlight the simplicity in the objects. They are aesthetically pleasing and feminine. Creating them is a very physical, tactile act for me. It brings me hope that we can still find value in things that exist simply in and of themselves. When this year began and I was just making things for the value of touch and handling materials, I was really unsure of where these "experiments" would go. There were, are still are, a lot of days where I question myself. What the fuck are you doing/will anyone else even care? Patience. I am on to something and the creative fog is still clearing. John Cage said "don't try to create and analyze at the same time". Excellent advice.