Happy belated New Year, everyone! I've been updating my site and decided to start a blog! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
It wasn't an initial New Year's resolution, but the result of deciding to take more time for personal projects that are expressive and thought provoking in the year 2017. I figured dedicating a space to explain my creative process and discuss my artwork in depth could only be helpful!
There are two quotes I've chosen to live by this year. The first of which, is by street artist Banksy: "Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable." The second is by Toni Cade Bambara - film maker, social activist, and educator: "The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible."
While it's always extremely motivating to hear positive feedback from the designs I turn out, I have to admit I feel like the main reason everyone likes my linocuts and doodles is because in general, they're easily agreeable designs. They're fun. They're nice. But they don't challenge anything. They don't say anything. The projects I have under wraps at the moment have more potential to open up a dialogue about topics I feel strongly about.
I have a collection of concepts in the works right now that are begging to be born and put out there to be viewed. This is the first time I've felt so confident and compelled to make my personal art public and putting it out on display. It's not that I was afraid of rejection of my artwork, but rather the rejection of the personal attachment to it all. Through private art and writing, I have coped with the harder parts of my life so far. I don't think there's anything wrong with leaving those things to be private when it's still too raw. But I've healed enough that I feel it's imperative to share what I produced in those times and talk about the general issues at the core of each experience.
I've decided to make 2017 my year by becoming the graphic artist I want to be now, instead of waiting to graduate and kick off my career. If I have strong opinions or emotions about something (and I often tend too, believe you me) I'm turning it into something visual and reflective. With Inauguration Day and the Women's March rapidly approaching, I've been experiencing a huge creative kick that's overwhelming me with ideas. I'm excited to share the fruits of this peak! I'll be posting more soon!