Friday, 6 January 2017
DARING TO DIFFER
Decision making is not a skill I feel particularly confident in, especially if the decision making is about what art project to tackle next!
A number of artists find it hard coming up with ideas. Thankfully, this isn't a problem for me, but CHOOSING which of those ideas to follow through into creating... that IS a problem. Perhaps it wouldn't be so difficult if I didn't take it all so seriously....but...alas...that's just not the way my brain works! I want my artwork to mean something, to tell a story, to evoke a feeling, to emit some glimpse of the positive out into the world at large.
The decision I need to make at the moment, is which two ideas am I going to work through in the hope of submitting them for 'Dare To Differ' exhibition consideration. This is an Australia wide exhibition that is held biannually here in Adelaide, and it celebrates non-traditional & contemporary Art Quilts.
This piece is called 'Mother Of Mothers of Sons' & is my contribution to peace. Inspired by a group of Mothers from both The Republic & Northern Ireland in the 80's, who were tired of their sons dying for the so called 'cause', these women stood up & said "No more killing"! It was a huge challenge for me to do & I was so pleased with the end result.
Since then, I've had pieces in two other 'Dare To Differ' exhibitions .
That same year, I also had...
Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo...enough procrastinating! WHAT am I going to submit this year????
At this stage I have 7 ideas. Of those, 4 are serious contenders. How am I going to make this decision?
By spending time with each of those 4 ideas.
I will be starting the process of developing each of them. From there, I'll ask myself a few questions;
-"What do I FEEL about this piece?"
-"Is it an exciting/different enough challenge for me?" (We are talking about daring to be different after all!!)
-"Can I realisticly produce it, within the time frame & alongside other committments?"
-"Can I physically create it; do I have enough space, skills, resources?"
-"Does it fit the criteria for this exhibition?"
And most importantly...
-"Do I WANT to see this idea in real life?"
Hopefully, two of my ideas will leap out at me, grab me by the nose & say "MAKE ME...MAKE ME...PLEEEEASE!"
Wish me luck!!
Dare To Differ Quilt Exhibition
1-25 Sept 2017
For entry info contact the convenor;