by Kristine Campbell
Dimensions: 30″ x 30″
Media: Mixed media
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Inspiration for Directional Grids
The inspiration for Directional Grids began with planning for a trip. I had been looking at maps and routes and I had an image for one panel. I did a sketch of that idea and then progressed toward a nine panel series of abstracted directions utilizing grid and line imagery. Currently I am using mixed media in the composition of my work.
Artist’s Process Statement
The practice of making art is something I find difficult to explain. Where do ideas come from? How do I decide which object will go next to another? How do I know when a piece is finished? These are all questions I have been asked and this is my response: the idea behind the first in a series, and I tend to work is series, can come fro a variety of places: an isolate image, a sketch or text that may or may not appear in the final piece, a conversation, a place, really anything that creates an image in my mind.
Sometimes at the start of a work the task can seem insurmountable and other times it feels as if the work has made itself and I have merely assisted by p lacing one object next to another and adding paint or wax or object, whatever is needed.
In reading other artists’ statements I have found explanations that ring true, the concept of an idea not brought to the full conscious state without the loss of it and the distraction and ruination of the work by over analysis. These are concepts I am familiar with.
One construct I understand it that art must be made for the artist. If it communicates in any way to someone else, it arises from some common familiarity or a similarity of taste and design. Art that is made for another person cannot truly succeed. Although it is natural to find inspiration in visual objects including other artists’ work, which usually leads to a discussion of all art as derivative*, the work will undergo a transformation as it moves through the artist’s own sensibility and concept of design.
My favorite quote, which I have gender-neutralized here, is by Samuel Butler. “Every person’s work, whether it be literature, music or pictures. Is always a portrait of oneself, and the more one tries to conceal oneself the more clearly will their character appear in spite of it.”
*Georgia O’Keeffe destroyed paintings she felt she had made to please someone else. Jasper Johns has said that he destroyed early works because they resembled too closely the work of Kurt Schwitters but it has been surmised that closer to the truth was that Johns destroyed these works because they were too strongly derivative of the art of his friend Robert Rauschenberg. So how should the artist work unconstrained by all that they have witnessed and taken in to the subconscious? Salvador Dali said, “Those who do not want to imitate anything produce.