Things are getting more and more eccentric at Casa de la Swain. Changing styles in my textile work, falling in love again with painting and photography...and then there is the ever illusive quest for continuing creativity through working with Eric Maisel. Still on the road teaching, posting now at the Ragged Cloth Cafe and taking the pledge to keep handmaiden up to date.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

A Small Clarification

Wow! what great comments on the last post. Amazing to be surrounded by such thoughtful, creative women. To the point, probably should have explained a little better what was meant by getting my ego out of the way.
1. I want to come to each new work free of the baggage of the last piece.
2.Of course, I want my voice to be visible but not at the expense of the work. This is a hard one to explain but I would compare it to production work. Does that make sense? Where you find a formula and do it to death....never moving beyond that safe place.
3. While it is nice that people like your work, I want to be in a space where the viewer's opinion doesn't effect my approach to the work. My move to abstract from representational this year was my declaration of this premise.
4. Not sounding too metaphysical, I want to step outside the work and let it lead me....instead of me forcing it.

Hope this helps explain my thoughts. Whether I accomplish any of this is yet to be seen, but it is the new approach to my work, successful or unsuccessful. At this point (please no offense meant) in my career, it isn't as important to me to get into every exhibit on the block or even worse, to make pieces that will win big prizes. I just want to do the work so that I can grow as an artist and human being following an uncertain path that leads to many places.


Valeri said...

Gabrielle this is exactly what I was trying to express. Especially no 2! Because I had some specific person in mind it was hard to get out what I meant without going into detail but you've said it all!Having just read your eleven year old books and watched your today's DVD you've made super great leaps and I'm not just talking about your hair! Grin!

Coyote said...

Mother Dear:

Well since my name keeps being tossed about in this I'll add my 2 cents; after al its the least I could do... alright the least I could do is absolutely nothing, but I'll do you one better and offer this.

From the Code of Bushido :

I have no parents; I make the Heavens and the Earth my parents.
I have no home; I make the Tan T'ien my home.
I have no divine power; I make honesty my Divine Power.
I have no means; I make Docility my means.
I have no magic power; I make personality my Magic Power.
I have neither life nor death; I make A Um my Life and Death.

I have no body; I make Stoicism my Body.
I have no eyes; I make The Flash of Lightning my eyes.
I have no ears; I make Sensibility my Ears.
I have no limbs; I make Promptitude my Limbs.
I have no laws; I make Self-Protection my Laws.

I have no strategy; I make the Right to Kill and the Right to Restore Life my Strategy.
I have no designs; I make Seizing the Opportunity by the Forelock my Designs.
I have no miracles; I make Righteous Laws my Miracle.
I have no principles; I make Adaptability to all circumstances my Principle.
I have no tactics; I make Emptiness and Fullness my Tactics.

I have no talent; I make Ready Wit my Talent.
I have no friends; I make my Mind my Friend.
I have no enemy; I make Incautiousness my Enemy.
I have no armour; I make Benevolence my Armour.
I have no castle; I make Immovable Mind my Castle.
I have no sword; I make No Mind my Sword.

gabrielle said...

Referring back to my dear son's post....Yeah, what he further explanation needed.

Bragging on brilliant, erudite son!

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