Seth just wrote “Recently, in another world.’ We’re writing to say thanks, Seth, for taking us there. That’s the simplest way we can respond to Seth’s observations about where his art comes from. An artist is in essence an explorer, someone who enters unfamiliar terrain and then reports back. The language of that “report” can be image, sound, movement, metaphor, story, structure: we call it art. You might also say that an artist’s exploration of that “other world” is a way of understanding or reacting to this world.
The artist’s exploration can be in terms of subject matter or tools and techniques. Speaking for myself (Bruce), my exploration lately has been through using materials that are new to me. My subject continues to be images that look like the landscape of Tucker County, although I know that what I’m responding to is something elemental about life cycles.
Here’s a small piece I did two years ago because I somehow became interested in the use of string along with artisan papers and a leaf to suggest the feeling of windswept winter landscape.
Then last fall I revisited that same theme. I’d found different strings and papers and I was still trying to understand something about my response to the winter experience. Here’s what I came up with.
The phrase “in the dead of winter” has always intrigued me because I see the opposite—snow, grass, and sky in stark simplicity suggesting elements of life continuing, though at rest, not ending.
So on this first day of winter, here’s our Tucker County greeting for your Holidays and the New Year.