An Evolving Life. A Sense of Entitlement.
A Sense of Entitlement
For me, one of the most satisfying aspects of completing a work of art is to bestow it with a title—a name that conveys its source of inspiration to the world. Not that the name readily springs to mind and rolls off my tongue. It can often be puzzling since I’m usually not quite sure why I’m drawn to a certain subject or impassioned to create this or that.
My initial impulse is to create beauty and elicit emotion. It can be the form itself, the light it reflects, or some kind of metaphor it may represent. However, it can take months or years to truly comprehend what may have been brewing in my sub-conscious at the time of creation.
Four years after I started my SPLASH series, for instance, I discovered that it was concerned with Climate Change not simply the transcendent allure of abstract color, shapes and light as I had originally thought.
However sometimes, its source quickly becomes apparent as evidenced by Circe displayed here. Throughout the weeks I was working on this Fishnet pastel, I was also reading the novel based on this goddess of sorcery, who was skilled in the magic of transmutation, illusion, and necromancy.
Bewitched by her plight, I realized I had transformed her through my work as she is ultimately transformed in the novel. If you love to read and want to find out what I mean (no spoiler here), I highly recommend Circe by Madeline Miller.
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An Evolving Life Series
A Sense of Entitlement (This one)
I have had the good fortune of knowing Meryl Spiegel for many years. We met during my BNB days when she was referred to me as a resource for a specific type of photography I was searching for. I also knew her as a writer. Over the years, I have been impressed with Meryl’s talent and creativity, and the honesty of her work. When Meryl began to sketch, paint, work with pastels, she truly overlaid one talent on top of another. The layers were intriguing. I reached out to Meryl recently because I thought that the Hummingbird audience would appreciate her work, and value her process. They say that timing is everything, and in this case it was, because Meryl was thinking about not only “showing” her work, but writing about it too. In our new series, An Evolving Life, Meryl will share the stages, challenges, and meaning of her art, and the journey that coincides with the pieces she highlights. Sandra Novick
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