New work

i wanted to tell you a little bit about the two most recent works up in my portfolio on Saatchi Art:

the first one is Beginnings.  i've always been fascinated by the way a woman's body changes during pregnancy.  there's something quite amazing about growing a new life inside oneself.  i don't think there's anything else quite like it.  but it is also an extremely grounding experience, that ties a woman to the experiences of so many other women around her and who have come before us.  it takes a leap of faith, believing in your own body's ability to do this amazing feat.

the following quote also captures the feeling i had as i was working on Beginnings:

Allow your judgments their own silent, undisturbed development, which like all progress, must come from deep within and cannot be forced or hastened.  Everything is gestation and then birthing.  To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one's own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this alone is what it means to live as an artist: in understanding as in creating.

Letters To a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke

 

the next piece, Home, seems a little more complicated to talk about.  i've talked about the feeling of homelessness before on the blog and i've tried to express that visually in this one.  moving from place to place, across borders, oceans and continents since i was six years old, leaves me with two opposing desires: the longing for adventure and the longing to avoid the pain of uprooting.  there is no sense of a physical home, only a home that i carry within me, a spiral home within which i can curl up while the tide carries me to another adventure.

and a third work that i completed recently, is Waiting.  unfortunately, i have no photos of it to show you. :(  it will be up for bids at New Morning Nursery School's silent auction this weekend to raise money for the preschool.  i forgot to take a picture of it before i dropped it off, otherwise i could give a preview of it.  for my friends planning to attend the auction, i just wanted to let you know that it will be there.