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