We’re regular readers of American Craft, a fine journal that provocatively explores the intersection of art and craft. The current issue records answers from a number of people to this question: “What new material or approach are you planning to explore in 2011?”
What a great question. Artists of all kinds know what it means to look for something fresh in their work and to be aware of how their art is evolving.
Here’s Bruce’s answer: “My collages are based in nature, both in the subjects and in the materials I use. In the past I have purchased artisan papers, but more and more I’ve been using paper I’ve made myself with Clarksburg artist Jill Reinhold Jarom. As I continue that trend in 2011, I’ll also be looking around for plant materials in this area—particularly invasive species—as sources of fiber to use in making paper by hand. The exciting thing to me—in addition to the involvement in the environment—is that the material itself will begin to suggest and even shape the subject.”
And here’s Gerri’s answer: “Learning photography has been a wonderful journey in refining how to look at what I see and how to make an image that faithfully captures my emotional involvement. Much of that journey has involved acquiring technical skills and learning how to keep technique as the background support of my intent. In 2011 I’ll explore the challenges and possibilities of digitally layering images to explore the possibilities of reaching into the ‘mind’s eye’—recreating for the viewer my own experience in looking and experiencing the moment.”
The other day in a conversation at Tucker County High School with art teacher Linda Moser and principal James Hamric, they talked about one of their hopes for 2011: a beautification project in the school courtyard. The new approach they seek is student and public involvement in creating a piece of art as a point of pride in school and community life. They are eager to hear from any and all about what they might contribute to this project in terms of materials, design, and elbow grease.
Now here’s the point. Thoughts about the New Year are expressed as individual motivation, but we get our ideas and encouragement from each other. Other people would actually like to hear from you—from artists of any kind and from those who care about the arts in our community. What might motivate your art or your participation in the arts in 2011? What’s your individual answer to the question or to the challenge from the high school?
What’s new with you?