May 6, 5:14pm, an image from the series "The Sea for My Birthday" (work-in-progress)
Sol Lewitt, one of my favorite artists, believed the "idea behind the work supersedes the work itself." I read this a few years ago when I saw his retrospective at Mass MOCA; it got me then and has been hanging around in the back of my mind ever since. I thought about these eight words a lot while at SÍM and now I find myself holding onto them like the things I pick up off the ground while walking. It has become a precious statement to me and one that I think I understand and can't even begin to understand at the same time. I think the most significant thing I learned at SÍM was the importance of ideas and how acutely interested in them I am. I also realize my own ideas feel elusive to me, just out of reach. It feels like I'm on a path to find them but they keep changing position, making them harder to find. It's a strange and exciting place to be. I really have no idea, for lack of a better word, where I'm going right now. There are glimpses and moments, but so much remains unknown.
Here's a list of things I'm thinking about which I posted last month
along with images of the work I made during my residency:
creating a feeling
light and shadow
anything and everything can be a material
arrangement of found objects
sketch of one of my found objects
Thanks so much for following me while I was at SÍM. I look forward to sharing more with you as I continue to move forward.
Thanks for reading.