We all have random thoughts about random things. These are often the ideas that spark creativity. Here I invite you to witness a smidgen of what goes on in my brain all hours of the day and night.
I have decided that the pieces in my current series of work will be untitled. Some may consider this a cop-out, others may think I am lazy. I, however, am looking back to the thoughts and ideas of an artist I truly admire - Clyfford Still. He was the forerunner of the Abstract Expressionist movement, of which I am very fond. I find a deep emotional connection with the way he combines colors and textures in his over-sized canvases. In general terms, his art dealt with concepts such as creation, struggle, life, and death. By naming his pieces, he felt he would be leading the viewer. It was his intent that the viewer should come to his or her own conclusions about the work and what it represented.
This makes perfect sense to me. If I am creating several works stemming from the same theme or content, why try to differentiate them with titles that might inhibit the viewer's full understanding? Currently, I am very interested in process and techniques. I do like to combine them from a technical standpoint, but they mean more than that to me. I have strong feelings about diversity and inclusion. As people, I believe there is good in everyone. I see differences in race, gender, religion, etc. but I believe those differences should be embraced; they should never be a cause of separation. With that in mind, I combine materials and techniques that don't usually go together, and create something beautiful. We all have our part to play in this wonderful world. How lovely it is when we can all play together.
Clyfford Still image from ClyffordStillMuseum.org