Diane’s response to the challenge

Since I am currently at an impasse on a piece I am trying to put together to enter in a show on Sunday, it is probably a good time to focus on the challenge [info]tricia_joy posted…..

Do you find that the statement “You can tell a lot about a person by the art that they make” is true?

That’s a tricky one…sometimes it is extremely evident to me, if I know the person well enough to make those type of assumptions. Other times the work I see is only skimming the surface of someone I know….maybe touching on one small facet of who they are in my perception. Then there are people who enjoy the ‘label’ of artist whose work just screams shallow and contemptible to me. Again, these are sometimes gut responses to work maybe I am unfamiliar with, or having met the artist I have concluded something negative about them.
I would never make a good art critic as I am way too subjective and would find it extremely difficult to be objective about certain works.
When confronted with a piece that is considered by all to be ‘great’ it will speak to me loudly if indeed it has crossed over that line where it does not need to be judged but purely enjoyed for all it expresses.

….I think that was a rather rambling response to that first question!

Does this exercise give you some clarity or ability to see your creations differently?

Having originally gone to art school to do illustrations for childrens books, then having gotten sidetracked by life….I have only recently (2004) started delving into the mixed media assemblage work I am currently doing.
Thinking art was only going to be 2 dimensional for me came to an abrupt end when I started doing these strange little self contained worlds basically inside of boxes. I showed a few to a friend with a gallery and they said “Oh, you are a sculptor”…and up until then I never would have used that word in the same sentence with my name or my work!
My first major stumbling block came with having to write an ‘artist statement’…which up until 2004 I had not given much thought to. Putting the title of artist on myself was a major breakthrough and I owe quite a lot to my children for keeping after me to do what makes me happy.

Do you know someone who’s art clearly reflects who they are?

Having read Joseph Cornell’s biography, I realize how much of his life is contained within each one of his works. I suppose if I had to choose someone whose work I really feel close to, it would be Cornell’s but mine is still somewhat in transition and has yet to reach the state of subtle clarity that I see in his work.

Is the work you did ten years ago different?

Yes…though there were hints of me branching out into something different over the years.

Have you matured artistically or just improved your skills?

I would have to answer both to this two part question. Basically I am a spatial thinker and also a deconstructionist when it comes to creating a piece. A concept will present itself and my first thought is ‘what objects can I involve in this statement?’. Then I have to position these separate parts and then I have to disassemble it so I can work out the logistics of how to firmly attach everything. So, skills are definitely improving with each new problem solved and I am also able to streamline my ‘artistic’ answer to my original idea much better and with a more cohesive presentation to the viewers.

Is the content or the media the same?

Now I use paper as only a part of a finished piece rather than the basis of a finished piece. The skills I have from observing and drawing are still in play but on a different level…almost subliminal.

I don’t know if this is what you were looking for Tricia, but here it is!


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