Hello hello! Things have been a little quiet over here on the blog so I'm excited to finally be sharing what's been going on lately. A couple weeks ago I found out that I was being included in an art show here in the city so I've been super excited and busy preparing for that! It will be my first time having my work shown, which is something I want to do more of and definitely a reason why I moved to a big city. As an artist, being able to show my work to the community and my peers is really important to me, so this feels like a big step towards the career I hope to develop. Honestly, just knowing that my work might be seen with appreciative eyes rather than leaning against the wall of my room sounds pretty wonderful to me. Today, I get to show you the piece I just finished for the show! The past two weeks have been filled with working all day and painting all night. You may have seen on instagram I set up a new little studio space in my room and it has been awesome setting up there everything night. It has been a bit exhausting, but I've felt so motivated and inspired, and that feels amazing. Hard work pays off though, because I finished everything just in time, and was able to go to a St. Patrick's day dinner party last night and meet a bunch of new people. Relaxation, good food, and great company was just what I needed.
The show's theme is called "Inside Out". The curator wanted each artist to interpret that in their own way and I was pretty jazzed that I felt like I had previous work that could be included as well. If you've been reading for a while, then you'll recognize the three other pieces that will hopefully be in the show (space permitting). I'm so excited to be showing painting of the week numbers 1, 2, and 3, with my most recent piece rounding out my small collection.
The timing of this show and the theme actually came at a weirdly perfect time. I had a growing itch to do another painting with words/text so when I found out I was included in the show, I knew I needed to make a painting along those lines. I seem to be attracted to words and phrases that can be awkward to say out loud. Things that we have all thought or felt, but yet can't always verbalize when we want or need to. That's how I'm choosing to represent "Inside Out". Its something I really connect with and I think others will too. I also can't wait to see how the other artist's in the show were inspired by the theme. I think there is around 12 of us participating so I'm sure there will be quite a range of interpretations.
Installation of all the work for the show is this Thursday night and the opening party is on Friday! I'm pscyhed for my first of hopefully many experiences like this, so check back soon and I'll definitely be posting an update on how it goes. And let me know what you think of the piece, I'd love to hear it. Have a wonderful day!