New creative directions
It seems that currently many new avenues are appearing in my work, new creative directions. As time inevitably wind us along much is revealed that was previously hidden especially when it comes to creative pursuits. So entirely mysterious is the constant searching in the uncharted waters of some sort of semblance of authentic expression. It at times feels like a place of constant undermining voices of self doubt and disillusionment to blissful moments of exhalation.
What are the precise influences of these continually fluctuating feelings is impossible to say but I’m glad to have had to commitment to my work so far to have reached this point. The nature of this decidedly uncertain place is a little easier to endure now, indeed I sometimes revel in the madness and delight of it. I feel that there is so very much more to discover and the key is to keep experimenting, not to ‘become a connoisseur of yourself’ However it is not possible to sustain myself if constantly pressed to the ragged edge in the mad search for new worlds containing new forms of self realisation.
Among all this so many questions, what is the role of the artist? What part can art play in the current unfolding story of our times? How can I constantly work from a place of liberated expression? In terms of my work itself it seems that figurative depiction is something that I’m getting more attracted to than in the past. Also while in France I had a definite rediscovery of the joys of drawing. Strange as it may seem for a number of years now there has been very little drawing in my work, even the paintings wouldn’t be drawn first just begun immediately with color.
Another interesting side project is that I’m beginning is the painting of furniture in a patterned ‘folk art’ style. Among other things it’s a great way to transform old unwanted furniture into something interesting and unusual, I’m extremely pleased with the results so far, more to follow soon. With all the time taken up at the moment getting the gallery ready there is no creativity happening at all, soon hopefully though new things shall appear, watch this space!