Of course the specifics of a message vary from piece to piece. With regards to my personal works, the message usually has to do with elements of people's emotional selves that they don't necessarily enjoy confronting. This can be in terms of an extreme or in terms of something quite simple that is hidden from the public, and yet universal. I enjoy creating work that, on a subconscious level, lets them begin to allow something that is deep and hidden within themselves to surface ever so gently... My work usually only effects people suddenly and briefly while watching, and then over time, it simmers and lingers and allows them to choose to interact and face what is surfacing, or pack it away within themselves yet again. But a glimpse is always enough.
do what you want to do, create what you want to create.
You can count the number of seeds in an apple but you can't count the number of apples in a seed. We have so much inside of us that we have to allow creativity in at the very core of our being.
Through my work I try to challenge my audience to think differently and view Africa and the world -in general ,in a different way.
HmmÖI would say thatís up to the viewer to decide. I know that sounds like a Ďcop-outí but I donít feel like I have much of a message when I make something. I just make things I want to see and sometimes they manifest a message on their own but Iím sure itís a pretty different message depending on who is looking at the work. When I look at some of my older work I can see a consistency of inspiration but the message in the piece(s) often changes.
I don't know if I really have a message. I guess it'd be, since I do bio-comics about moments in history, or historical figures, that history is far more fascinating than anying imaginable. It's full of so many rich, detailled stories.
Making art is a spiritual practice for me, which is very satisfying. Taking the time to make something beautiful from scratch can still be meaningful even in a culture driven by technology to a compulsive need for doing everything faster. When I take my spinning wheel out to a crafts fair and show people what can be done with it, I get some interesting reactions. Most of them have no idea what I'm doing and don't really care. When someone asks, and I tell them I make my own yarn, they either think I'm crazy or are amazed that this is possible. I feel this is very sad. Fascination with 'virtual reality' is turning our youth into zombies, and I feel we need to find a way to re-interest them in hands on creativity and the arts. So my work is a small contribution to this end.
to promote authentic aspects of my Appalachian culture.
I'm not telling.
To other artists....Don't obsess about what the world thinks of you...just do what feels right
no message, only pure art
In teaching, my message is to first learn the rules, so you'll know how to break them successfully, then jump in and get wet!
My intention is to move people, to affect their thought or feelings. I am interested in the idea of compartments and how we compartmentalize our lives. Additionally, I am exploring the concept of nest:cage and how as different as they may seem, look, or appear to be, that they may be one and the same, or even the opposite of what they appear to be. Thus, a nest becomes a cage, and so on.
Always be yourself and strive to find out who you really are. Be consistent, reliable and be aware of the rights and needs of others.
I record in oil and various mediums my response to various subject matter such as landscapes, still life, people and animals.