Calendars have arrived!
What kind of mark will you make this year?
This pen and ink series changes monthly.
Dots, lines, circles, connections.
Would you like me to mail or save you one?
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Like the Abstract Expressionist who were committed to expressions of profound emotion and universal themes of post-war mood my work explores psychological moments of modern everyday life, thought process, and how we connect & respond to them. The abstract composition allows for freedom of interpretation, and my hope is that it affords the viewer an experience as unique as their personal life story.
A neutral palette allows me to focus on the key parts and overall composition. My work is all about channeling this process and transforming this often negative and exhaustive energy into something beautiful.
I lay the 26 X 34 handmade paper on the table of my studio, constantly moving around it, working from each side and angle until the artwork is complete. Working in this manner allows me the freedom to engage in the piece in its entirety and not from just one perspective. Using layers of ink, paint and other markings, applied with numerous tools, adds to the physicality of my process, and helps me connect with the composition.
Where does the root of this series come from?
Why am I continuously drawn to lines?
I'm channeling, cataloguing, all the memories, thoughts, each line a story, a word, a vast collection of unrelated and related parts to a whole, concepts, thought concerns, coming together as one, the *gestalt. Organizing, bringing back the references, names, repetitive circumstances, and ideas.
My grandpa excelled at this as well. Perhaps his life was spared during WWII for his gift. He oversaw all the numbers (the social security numbers identifying the soldiers) accountable for those here or gone. He saw it, everything, very clearly, one way, his way, usually based on personal experience. His daughter, my mom was also gifted with great memory of facts, *prouded by her Trivia knowledge connecting all her tidbits of knowledge. Daily at 7pm she would claim her "yes" every time she got a Jeopardy question right. She would enjoy reclining sideways on the couch like Manet's Olympia, just not nude (www.manet.org/olympia.jsp):-) I miss her.
*Prouded was an endearing term created by Poppy Joe
*Thank you Dr. Knopp for your persistence for having me in your class, on your roster, when I clearly tried to not be there repeatedly. Magically 3 years later I was gifted with your class again and this time it was called existentialism where you referenced the gestalt. We learned about many other great concepts including the word gestalt that forever changed my life and became part of my everyday language. You got me, understood me, before I even saw me, in that depth.
This one resonates a lot. Whether intentionally or not, Hesse’s materials lack permanence; their deterioration has prohibited much of her work from exhibition. I've been making works for years knowing that I'm using non-traditional materials. A predicament as mine may not be up to standards as well. If I investigated this aspect I would seize to create. I would be overwhelmed if I had to think about this constraint.
So I create and what will be will be.
I've also included a glimpse into my studio. Look close and you will find what looks like a small shrine. I have vintage postcards, rope, and yarn (symbolic of my grandparents and their sweater mill) with a female African sculpture (our roots). I stand on top of the great women that came before me, we are all connected like this thread.
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It's that recurring story, like the recurring truth, that played out a few years ago.
I often share the memory of me front and center speaking to my art students. We were in "The Studio," as we lovingly called it. Standing in the same spot, talking to dedicated artists, while prior high school students would visit me, on break from college. And I remember this image so clearly wearing the same sweater, I still have it. Teaching and thinking, "gosh they are flying, I want to fly and I'm here doing the same thing." I share this story quiet often, it’s been imprinted on my mind...can I remove it or move past it? I'm sure it places a block on something, and my sweater years later I still have it. Why do I keep it?
I was in Sedona a few months ago and of course this story came forward in my mind. I sat with it. Perhaps it's comfortable safe, the sweater, the job. I had little kids at home I needed, well wanted work, to escape, have something personal away from motherhood.
I stayed at the school for 2 years past that ground-hog moment. I didn’t get the same high I was used to, though I did still create magic (I always put 120%.) I didn’t leave. I didn't listen to the words in the image share above or that feeling in my soul. I really wanted to fly!
I was thankfully pushed into a corner at the school by two folks, they gave me the courage to say, I don't want to be offered a position to come back. Remember the law of attraction always works, though timing is vague!
I reflect years later, it took that long to heal the ordeal I created in my mind of course;-)...because I didn't take jump!
LADIES DRAWING NIGHT!!!!!
Who wants to join me?
This beautiful book by Julia Rothman supports my vision.
I would love to have some art buddies come over my house and we'll sit around my wooden table. I have all the supplies we'll need. Just bring some wine, cheese, fruit, vegetables. Let's ignite our senses. I have wonderful oils too, I'll light a candle to set our ritual of friendship and art exploration. You don't have to think your art is great though your talent is welcome! Just be you and enjoy each other's presence. Let's just doodle, Keep your creation or donate it to the recycle bin. Art for arts sake. Zone out and enjoy process.
We can make this happen!!!!!! I can organize it.
Reach out to me I'll make a Facebook group and we can pick a date. Once a week? once a month? There can be two groups:-) We can have one online!!!!! Different locations! We can Zoom or Facebook live together while creating.
Stieglitz was determined to prove that photography was a medium as capable of artistic expression as painting or sculpture. Loving this important image on collection at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In this post I also pay homage to my family whom risked their lives coming to America so that I can have a beautiful life.
Why is it that I collect and collect reading materials, I have stacks in all parts of the house, beside my bed, and yet I've only read a few pages of each.
I do believe in osmosis. I honor the pages, the paper, the texture, the words, the artists intent, the writers intent. I used to always say "I don’t read," like a broken record. And then share "I remember reading Roald Dahl books from cover to cover within one day or two." I was an avid reader and then I just stopped…well stopped for at least 30 years. A few years ago I went to a hypnotherapist to help me in this area, I think a slow drip process has begun to work, I am grateful. Loving my Panda Planner to help me focus and set goals to incorporate these finds into my daily practice.
Can anyone relate? On any level?;-)
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What a fascinating & beautiful idea. This article reminds me of my grandma and grandpa whom both suffered from this disease. The painting and illustrated furniture also reminds me of beautiful memories in their homes which looked very different from ours. I remember the blue velvet couch covered in plastic. I remember the oval shaped wooden table and ornate wooden frames. #dementia #arteducation https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-artists-painting-trompe-loeil-murals-soothe-people-dementia
Lori Arbel is a professional artist and certified teacher, guiding teens and adults on a journey of self-discovery; opening doors to possibilities, and enhancing their creative voice.