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ARTISTS CAN BE STRUCK WITH A STATE OF "OVERWHELMEDNESS" WHEN ON THE CUSP
OF CHANGE WITH IDEAS RUNNING AMOK.
MY FRIEND, LAUREN CAMP, ARTIST
AND POET, IN HER "NOTES TO CECIL" STATES:
"IT'S NOT POSSIBLE TO ALWAYS HAVE SOME-
THING TO SAY. HOW DO YOU MAKE MUSIC
WHEN YOUR THOUGHTS ARE CIRCULAR,
REPETITIVE AND DULL?"
SARAH HEWITT, SCULPTOR OF MANY
MEDIUMS, QUOTES REBECCA SOLNIT, FROM
A FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST, "CERTAINLY
FOR ARTISTS OF ALL STRIPES, THE UNKNOWN,
THE IDEA OR THE FORM OR THE TALE THAT
HAS NOT YET ARRIVED, IS WHAT MUST BE
FOUND. IT IS THE JOB OF ARTIST'S TO OPEN
DOORS AND INVITE IN PROPHESIES, THE UN-
KNOWN, THE UNFAMILIAR...."
BOTH LAUREN AND SARAH MINE RICH INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL WORLDS THAT
MORPH INTO FASCINATING AND INTELLIGENT WORKS. THEY ARE INSPIRING WITH
THEIR PASSION FOR ART AND THE ART-MAKING PROCESS. PLEASE VISIT THEM AT:
HTTP://LAURENCAMP.COM AND HTTP://SARAHHEWITT.COM
websites, and blogs has been exciting and reinforces
for me the work that continues, often hidden or not
discovered, during times of empty thoughts and whirl-
ing bits and pieces
of ideas that one
cannot quite cap-
ture or tame.
As I continue photographing shadows, I begin to understand my fascination
of the elusory self-portrait located anywhere the sun is in the sky and
directing light towards the earth. What form the shadows will develop in the
physical world continues to be a mystery - one I am debating, arguing, and
battling with myself as I bounce around possibilities that make my head ache.
Always camera-shy, the shadows give me an anonymity and the freedom to pose and
be playful. They allow my body to feel like air or grass or pavement as I watch my
form position on the ground surface. The ex-dancer can perform for the artist who
manipulates the photo as a choreographer makes the dance.
Another aspect of the shadows that intrigue me is the playful distortion of form
"drawn" by the angle of sun and moment in time - a duet of science and art. I
enjoy the interaction and decision-making with, my camera in hand, as I study and
contemplate the shapes, and angles in space. Opening a photo on my computer is
always a surprise when I am allowed a closer look at my image to examine the
anomalies of surface, tonality, and distortion. As I work in Photoshop, I
enter the identical work space that created my paintings, drawings, and mixed-
media works. I am home.
"Speaking" of my shadows gives them an identity in my body of work
that will move them forward to a yet unidentified realm.
|Shadowing "Behind the Scenes" Courtesy of Bill Kleinschmidt|