Inspirations...

This week has had quite a few!

This piece of wood has been sitting in my studio for a while; it finally got some form this week as I remembered  Niki De Saint Phalle.  Also a throwback to art school, which brings me to my next inspiration this week (what can I say, I have been drinking from the fountains of knowledge),  Nell Painter’s Old in Art School!

This piece of wood has been sitting in my studio for a while; it finally got some form this week as I remembered Niki De Saint Phalle. Also a throwback to art school, which brings me to my next inspiration this week (what can I say, I have been drinking from the fountains of knowledge), Nell Painter’s Old in Art School!

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inspiration #1

Old in Art School by Nell Painter

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I heard Nell Painter before I read her on one of my favorite sources for things art, Tyler Green’s “The Modern Art Notes Podcast.” I started reading her to learn about her art school experience, and it didn’t disappoint! I heard echoes of my own experience as an undergraduate, of being “Old in Art School.” especially, these words:

I wanted to create images, to make art that can express my own mixed up character, to forge a truer me than one confined by exciting categories of sex-race and widely circulated as necessarily true (14).

Inspired by this reading, I decided to do my own version of 100 paintings. The drawing above is one of those. The rest are here, a mix of charcoal, pencil, transfers and ink. More on this work in the next few posts.

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