I have often referred to writing as my “anchor art.” It is the artform I turn to first most of the time.
In fact, I learned through writing not only to love language, but to love the silences between the writing. (Tomorrow’s post will get more deeply into that!)
These two pieces I played with – and yes, one is absolutely finished and the second is still a question mark.
The first one, the Emily Dickinson Collage – is complete. The poem of hers is inside the heart and the other paper are from a variety of books in my collection: an atlas, an old music book, a textbook and a novel. There are times when I will just paste strips from a variety of paper sources onto backgrounds for hours.
I also realized via Art Every Day Month 2013 how much of my art also serves as meditation practice. I don’t usually have a plan on much of my artworks’ earliest stages, I am following the lead of the Unknown. In both cases today, that was where I started. I find taking the hand of the Unknown and agreeing to follow usually births my best work.
When I take control over a work, not so great – which is why the second collage remains unfinished – I was using a preface page from an old Random House Dictionary. I loved the language so much… yet I didn’t ever completely let go. Now I am waiting to get word from the work where it wants me to focus next.
I’m having WAYYYY too much fun this month!
What is happening along your adventures in Art Every Day land?
Julie Jordan Scott is a writer, performance poet, Mommy and mixed-media artist. Her word-love themed art will be for sale at First Friday each month in Downtown Bakersfield. Check out the links below to follow her on a bunch of different social media channels, especially if you find the idea of a Word-Love Party bus particularly enticing.
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