Illustrations of Nothing.

Illustrations of Nothing. Found newspaper text, tracing paper, brown paper bag scraps, yarn, paint, glue October, 2013.

Illustrations of Nothing.
Found newspaper text, tracing paper, brown paper bag scraps, yarn, paint, glue
October, 2013.

A blank page is a multitude of things.

It is a fresh start. It is a daunting, empty vessel with no direction. It is an opportunity ready to be seized. It is an illusion of an unknown result. It is a dictionary of terms open to any usage, influence or manipulation. It is a story waiting to be written.

To me, a blank page is like a hesitated clearing of the throat. It is a stammer when attempting to mutter the opening lines of a play.

From the moment of making the first mark, I trip over the intersection of intention and existence: toying with what it looks like and what I intended it to be. I go with it: I let it be, or continue to work with it. I add things, materials or pigment until I throw my hands up into the air in a gesture of “nothing else shall be done,” and I push the project aside.

I’ve been making collages over the past few months. I like the interconnection and overlapping of different textures and dimensions. Materials help to quell any nervousness a blank page of paper might give me. I no longer have just a blank piece of paper; I have a blank piece of paper and many things I can use to transform it into something wonderful.

I’ve been struggling with the question: “What is the purpose of my art?”

The answer — apart from being “the purpose of my art is my self-expression” — is that there is no answer. I discovered this through a found poem that began to emerge when I was laying down a layer of text from a local newspaper.

Illustrations of Nothing (Close-up, found poem) Found newspaper text, tracing paper, brown paper bag scraps, yarn, paint, glue October, 2013.

Illustrations of Nothing (Close-up, found poem)
Found newspaper text, tracing paper, brown paper bag scraps, yarn, paint, glue
October, 2013.

Look closely illustrations they appear at once tell a different story. access to observations rendered abstract exploration of medium. shows “Nothing” displays “Nothing”

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I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my followers, and everyone who has stopped by to check out my blog!

I created this blog a year ago today, and I am very proud of what I have accomplished. It began as a New Year’s resolution-of-sorts: to share the things I create, and to actively contribute to and support a community of individuals who are simply just putting themselves out there.

This has been an outlet and a safe haven for me, and I thank you all for the friendship and respect that I have received and shared with many of you.

It is amazing that, in a year’s time, I have acquired 115 followers, and my blog has been viewed over 1000 times! Let’s see what this new year will bring!

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