This week our professor Adrian Rhodes, has challenged each of us to think about doing a series. To make a commitment to it and write it down and print it out. She has suggested to really think about what rules you want to have in each piece of the series and what the common thread will be. She tells us in order to do this we really need to be thinking about our own personal icons or iconography. She mentioned thinking about what we are attracted to at the beginning of the term, back in August (2018). After being here 4 1/2 years, this is my last semester as an undergrad at University of SC Columbia SC. If you have been in your last term ever, you know so I am right there with the reflections...and the serious considerations of where I am at; what I am attracted to, what has meaning for me and where I want to position my art and my life as an artist and possibly as a grad student. That too, requires I stop and look and listen and judge my work and make a stand on where I want to go.
So, if I am forced to define what rules I can follow in my next series; what would they be?
What image would I like to work with? I would like to work with images of horses. Do I have at least 6 of the same exact image? Yes, I do. Images often seen in my art have been hearts, faces, flowers, leaves and triangles. I am sure some of them will be in this series as well, but they are not in the rules.
If a horse could be an artist, how would he present his selfie?
New series of Mixed Media Collages with rules that I have set and defined:
1. Main image - at least 1 brown horse
2. Medium - acrylic, inks, relief, collage, gel mediums, papers
3. Ground - canvas, all same size
4. Quantity - at least 6 possibly more
5. Format - Each canvas will have at least 1 found or 1 recycled item.
The horse will be slightly off center in each image, but still be the focal point of each.
Colors... I have thought about color schemes and do not want to limit myself on this, so I am leaving this open. Style will be non-representational with the exception of the horse, which of course will be realistic.
Sounds like fun!! ...Anyone else want to join the challenge... make a comment here and you are in!!
All copyrights belong to artist and writer c 2018.
Not sure who took this photo of me and Brandi in 2013.
Also not sure who took the photo of Mark Haygood and his horse.
But thanks to both photographers, just the same. The remaining photographs were either by myself or Keith Bates, photographer.