Friday, May 22, 2009

An Artistic Struggle

The picture of the shredded billboard from my recent NYC walk had me inspired and excited for the Dirty, Smelly, Noisy exhibit. I had so many ideas zooming about in my head that, at first, I simply couldn't get started. When I finally did get to work... well, that first attempt met its death by my own hand. It was awful, so dreadful I couldn't send it out with my name on it.

The demise of that piece left me with just a few days to make something new. Now what? All my ideas still weren't making their way from my brain to my hands. I tried again, using the wonky strip piecing method I've used before. It was certainly better, but still wasn't conveying what I wanted for a Dirty Smelly Noisy exhibit. It needed some "schmutz" so out came gauze, oil paint sticks, newspaper pieces, embroidery, machine stitching, and stenciling.

Here's the final piece. I'm calling it "Billboard Shreds" in the hopes that the name will help viewers understand what the heck I was trying to do. While I'm not 100% happy with it, I don't think I'll be totally embarrassed, either. If nothing else, it's helped me hash out some ideas. What do you think?


Detail of some of the "dirt":

6 comments:

laura west kong said...

I like it. It has a lot of energy and movement. =(^_^)=

Susan Schrott, Artist said...

IT IS AMAZING WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO "THINK" AND GET OUR HEADS IN THE WAY OF WHAT COMES NATURALLY. YOU NAILED IT.
GOOD LUCK

Judy Alexander said...

All those ideas swimming around can sometimes get you in trouble. I always tend to overthink things. This piece turned out great. Love the colors.

norma said...

You've captured the colors and the chaos of your photographed billboard shreds. I like it!

wlstarn said...

It's got the same city energy vibe as the work of Stuart Davis (and some of the same colors,too).

Natalya said...

told ya it was good!