Without getting into the long and skinny about where I've been, just know that sometimes art takes out the scraps I throw on the floor and wraps me up tight inside of them and then locks me a room of learning until I come out a new artist. And I am always happy to oblige. This time I came out of the coccoon as a videographer. I didn't mean for it to happen. It just did. And I am ok with that.
If you would like to see some of my latest movies, you can find them all right here.
Now let's get back to our regularly scheduled programming.
I was asked to show some of my work last month at a large art show in my area called COTA- Celebration of the Arts. When i was first asked I was just totally elated and so happy to be asked to do a show instead of having to apply to do it! And then my mind started racing through my empty jewelry displays and I found myself quickly adding up the days I left had to get that much work done and I felt my heart start to race a bit. And then somewhere inside of me started gently patting my heart to slow it's beat, and when it did, it leaned over and said, 'You know, you do way more than just jewelry...." And it then it hit me.
Oh my gosh. I am not going to show jewelry this year. At all. Anywhere. For a change.
I knew that at this show, I wanted to show my photography. And then that same mind started reeling through all of the work I've made this year and all of the amazing clients that I've had and....
And then the heart started pounding again. I don't want to show my client work at a gallery show.
And that's when it happened. I realized that as much as I love my clients and will NEVER stop having them, I also love stylized shooting. With a model, and a location, and a wardrobe and makeup and hair and YES! But I had never done it before. I just knew that I could.
You see, I think in pictures. I think a lot of people do also, I'm not sure. But my head is a really quiet place. I don't over think things. I feel them. I see them. I react on them. So I had had these pictures in my head for a while that I knew came from nowhere but my own imagination. My own story. And I wanted to get them out. So I did.
I spent a week sewing a wardrobe, collecting props, scouting locations, finding a model.
And it all fell into place quite nicely.
These are a huge departure from my client work. These are a little dark in places and yet show the light. These are about honoring the remains. These are what lived in my head.