Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Artistic Voice Matching Inner Voice

Today on QuiltArt Kim Ritter, http://www.kimritter.com , wondered how well our artistic voices match our inner voices. This is something I’ve talked about on this blog from time to time and often pondered. As I was driving into work today I thought about all the different types of art I’m drawn to. All kinds of different genres and different mediums appeal to me and will certainly get my attention but art that is a bit more on the edgy or funky side is what seems to really excite me. I believe myself to be a bit aside the norm and wonder if this is why art that is non-traditional calls me.

Then I started thinking about why I like working on smaller pieces. What is it about a small ‘canvas’ that is an answer to an inner voice? I kept thinking of the control factor. I wonder if the fact that I want to take risks but only to a certain degree is the appeal of a smaller format. I also know that this is how I tend to conduct my life. I want and will try to take risks but only within confined boundaries. Perhaps I might try to expand my environments – both on a personal and artistic level. One never knows, the exploration might prove beneficial.


3 comments:

Quilt Pixie said...

interesting reflection re the smaller canvas, I too may want to give it more thought, but my initial reaction (since I too like smaller projects for my art) is that its about impatience, needing to see progress, needing to got on with it....

kathy said...

I think I can second quilt pixie's comment. My attention span can be short. Small projects for me are best when learning new techniques. I have a hard time committing to large projects and maintaining interest.

Dixie Redmond said...

Here's what I think about small works - they're more intimate, and I think I feel like I'm mothering them :-) A really large work feels like I can't mother it adequately.

Dixie