So, I’ve completed a LOT of work. I’ve “dabbled” and “experimented” with lots of techniques and modalities, from pure painting to pure paper collage to pure fabric quilts and all combinations of these. I’ve done representational pieces, abstract, expressionist, folk, mandalas. I’ve worked large and small. I’ve used personal symbols – hearts, houses, flowers; I’ve done landscape, figural … I’ve “copied” Sonji Hunt, Joanne Casey, Debbie, Jamie Fingel, Melody Johnson, Lesley Riley, Traci Bautista, Claudine Hellmuth … I’ve worked on canvas, cloth, paper, books. I’ve studied thousands of pictures in magazines, books, online. I’ve done some original work, well original in some sense even though I was learning a technique.
The question remains – where is my artist voice? I know, I keep asking this question. What do I want to have as my “signature?” When people look at Sonji’s work, they see bundles and architectural pieces. Odile’s work is imagery and collage. Charlotte is mandalas. Traci Bautista is wild and crazy collage. Each artist has found her voice and developed it. I’ve been working on learning technique and developing skill. It’s time to develop a voice … something that represents me.
How does one begin to hear this voice and learn to listen to it? What questions should I be asking?
· When looking at my work, what do I want to explore further? Do more of?
· What medium do I most enjoy? Paint? Paper? Fabric? Mixture?
· What modality do I most enjoy? Canvas? Fabric? Books?
· What are my personal symbols?
· What colors turn me on?
· What would I want to do a series of (this is sort of what I ask my research students – what will keep you interested for a period of time?)?
· What do I want to learn more of?
· If I were to teach something, what would I want it to be?
· What would translate well into a variety of medium?
· What would be attractive to others? (I pose this question because I do have a desire to someday have my work shown and perhaps sold. However this question must not be a primary question at this point. For example, Eric says I should pursue more of the book art … but that is HIS opinion and I’m looking for what is in MY heart.)
OK, so I’ll start with these questions. I’ll blog these and perhaps other questions will emerge. I’ll also email these to some artists and ask how they developed their voice. OK, I’m comfortable now because this is research and I love research …
Meanwhile, I've uploaded photos of all my work to Flickr ...