Sunday, July 08, 2007
compared to what the viewer sees...
This picture still proves that I am terrible with a camera. It is called African Textiles and one of my studio mates had a copy she had taken out of her library. As soon as I saw it, I needed to OWN a copy. It arrived yesterday and I haven't had a minute to read it. How annoying is that? On another subject: there is a discussion at the moment on the QuiltArt list (one of the more intelligent discussions, unfortunately all too rare) about whether the meaning in your art (ed. note: assuming there IS meaning) is deliberate or emerges as you work on a piece you started without intent. There was also conversation back and forth about whether it matters what your intent was; whether you care how the viewer interprets your work, or whether the only important thing is what YOU see. There are a lot of people who start with an idea of what they want to say with their work and as many who see the meaning emerge as they work or, in fact, after the piece is done. For the most part, I fall into the latter category. Tonight, as I was scrolling through some old posts looking for something, I came across a post from early 2006 that seemed à propos.I had put up a picture of something I was almost finished making, along with this comment, which still holds true for me. This is a piece I have needed to make for 8 or 9 years and I haven't been able to make it work. But this time, without thinking about it or trying to execute the idea I have had in my head for so long, there it is. I started with the fabrics and no idea of where it was going...It doesn't matter to me what YOU see, it is what I know it is about that makes the difference. How do you feel about the subject?
at 10:34 PM