Here is one of the first pieces I made this summer that I really liked. This piece came to be through serendipity.
I was sitting in a “mixed media” class at 92nd street Y, that met once a week. It didn’t quite have the real art school feel of the Arts Student League (in NY) or Mass’ Art (in Boston), but was quite a nice class. I was still recovering from work, at the beginning of my time off, and not quite as engaged as I got later on.
But somehow, after a couple classes, and given some direction on a new technique, I got to create something I really liked. I learned how to do photo transfer. Basically, take a picture from a magazine, apply lots of gel on top of it, then put it on top of a piece of bristol paper and use a little super cute brayer roller to transfer the color and shapes onto your paper. The result is an unpredictably blurry version of the original image you started with.
I played with that for a while and got something that looked nice, but lacked coherence, or a place for the eye to stop, or to get started, as the teacher said. So I decided to go bold (at least it felt that way to me) and draw those solid colored lines that now really structure that piece.
And.. I really liked the result!
So here it is.
And later on, I kept playing with a similar concept, this time going bigger and using masking tape to pre-draw those large lines. I also got inspired by pictures of brain cells. This piece is much larger:
The big learning from this, for me, was to just free up, express myself and “go bold”, “think big”. All things that for me were contrary to my natural tendency. I also have to say that those pieces may seem pretty normal to others and not show all of that internal struggle. But they meant a lot to me. I hope you enjoy them!