Who knew it was so easy to order a mannequin online? I did a quick google search a few weeks ago and a few days later I had a female torso sitting on my studio floor. I don't want to spill the beans on what I plan for this beauty, I thought I would instead document the process here and let it unfold that way. This is one of the few instances in my artistic process where I see with perfect clarity what I want to create ahead of time, and it is now a matter of figuring out how to do that with the materials I have. With most pieces, I simply start throwing paint and materials on a wood panel or canvas and see where it takes me. I am curious to see how things go with this latest idea - not only is it already fully formed in my mind, but this is also a three-dimensional piece. I'm not sure it could technically qualify as a sculpture...I think assemblage is a more appropriate term.
After moving in and out of my studio all week with nary an art supply lifted let alone used, I finally dipped my toe back into work yesterday and today my mojo is back in full force. I got some extraordinary news today which means the timeline for my main project of the year has to be moved up a month, but the truth is that I work much better with a deadline and I am actually happy the heat is being turned up a tad.
To use the word of a friend, I am feeling soft in all of my creative projects these days. Soft as in content; soft as in wide open, fluid, organic, unattached, willing to lean a little bit farther in to the side of letting the path unfold for me versus trying to structure it the way I think it should be. The fire inside me is not churning wildly with sparks flying all over the place, but is instead burning slowly and steadily, and I carry it with me everywhere I go.