To say that 2014 has been an emotional roller coaster so far, is a gross understatement. During the early part of the year I found myself struggling through a toxic mix of emotions I wasn’t sure I would be able to surface from, but as things slowly started to get better, I started to do what many artists before me have done, and put those powerful emotions to good use and use them to drive my work forward. It seemed like the perfect time to tackle on of the artists that has been on my "In the style of…" artistslist since near the project’s inception: Oleg Dou. I’ve often found similarities between myself and Oleg Dou, both within his personal philosophy regarding his work:
“I am looking for something bordering between the beautiful and the repulsive, living and dead…” (x)
and the process used in attaining that work:
"Some people call me a photographer. It’s not true. I’m an artist who uses photography as a medium for my works” (x)
It is these similarities which have prevented me from taking on his work up to this point. I felt doing a self portrait reflective of his tears series was a good way to channel the tumultuous start I had to the year into paying homage to an artist I hold great respect for. Showing this piece as part of my final group exhibition as an artist at The Hive Artists’ Hub has been, in itself bittersweet for me. I will miss my dear friends that I’ve made in my 3 1/2 year journey as part of the hive family, but know that the connections I have made there will always be part of my life.
As part of the same exhibition, I decided to do a tribute photo to another personal hero. This one from my childhood. What better way to lighten the mood and soothe tattered emotions than to assume an alter ego? Plus, I have the hair, so dressing up as Jem was a given, really. Truly Truly Truly, 2014
When the invite for next Friday’s Downtown Art Walk’s Roving Art Reception went to the printers, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to take part, but despite my name not being on the invite, I will be part of the group exhibition at The Hive Artists’ Hub. Sadly, this will be my last exhibition as a studio artist at the hive. After three and a half years there in different roles during its varied incarnations, I am at a period of transition in my life and have, at least for the time being, given up my studio there. It’s a bittersweet change, in a year that has already proven to be a big transition for me, but I look forward to what the future holds. To celebrate, I’ve got, not one, but two new pieces to share.
So, to all of you that have come out to support the Art Walk during my time there, or those of you who have wanted to but haven’t had the chance, come out on May 2, 2014 and say hello/goodbye.
The main piece I’ll be showing, is the latest in the “In the Style of…” series. 2014 has been an emotional roller coaster for me so far, and taking on this emotionally charge piece has been quite cathartic.
The second piece is a bit of fun to make up for the heavy emotions of the first. Part of my Persona series, it will bring you back a few decades and perhaps pass on an earworm.