The last few months have been an incredible learning curve – learning about the art world and what sort of art I want to produce and attempting to find my feet in this very new place.
I’ve continued to develop my work for the summer exhibition – and yesterday on a train to Basingstoke I suddenly had an idea for a fifth 3D piece that I am very excited about. It involves about 500 business cards!
On Friday was the opening of our Interim Show which went really well. I have exhibited a series of nine found signs called “Do not crush the daisy”. We live in a world of negative signs. These signs do not nurture us or keep us safe, they seek to control and carry a strong emotional message that tells the viewer they are not wanted or not free to express themselves. These signs act like injunctions and stab at us as we go about our day.
The exhibition continues in Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth until 2nd June.
I have also been busy entering open calls and preparing work for exhibitions in June and I have learnt a lot about how I want to present my work. There is nothing worse than walking into a room and seeing your own work and being disappointed because you didn’t present it in the best way possible.
I am prone to cutting corners, either to save effort or money, and a common phrase of mine used to be “it will be all right” or “It’ll do” – and of course it seldom is. Cutting corners shows and I am learning, even if it costs more or takes longer, that I have to do my absolute best to show my work in it’s best light. I don’t want that feeling of being disappointed again. And of course the result of cutting corners if often far more effort and cost as I found out this week when I had to rehang my entire exhibition late the evening before!
As an artist it is extremely tempting to save money wherever you can!
Mindfulness has helped in this regard immensely, enabling me to step back and see what needs doing and to observe how I am feeling about some aspect of the work.
This week I realised that there is a huge difference between “It’ll do” and “It doesn’t have to be perfect“. Striving for perfection might be a hard sometimes (and overkill), often all that’s needed is the best available solution under the circumstances and knowing what’s required without going overboard is a great skill to cultivate!
Next time I catch myself thinking “It’ll do” I will step back and ask “Will it really?”