new work, fresh growth

Saturday, June 21, 2014

You guys! I printed some new work. And not just new work, but the start of a new body of work. It feels amazing to write that, even though I know logically it's pretty meaningless right now since I have officially one piece 'finished' and a second piece hasn't been started. Still though, it kind of feels like when I pulled the succulent above my kitchen sink down to water it the other day.

Here. I'll set the scene. I got this succulent from Goose Hollow when I was working there, it was a dead-ish plant that had been thrown out. (More trouble than it was worth.) But I grabbed it and planted it, certain that I could make it thrive. And… it didn't die, at first. It didn't grow, it just sat there dutifully in it's little pot, doing okay. I moved it to my above the sink shelf and all was fine. And then it started dying. Just a little bit on the tips. And then one whole leaf died, and I plucked it off and put it back up there. I started watering it more. But it was mostly for show, I pretty much thought I would have to throw it out eventually.

Anyways, a few days ago I pulled it down to water it and there was new growth! Bright green new skin growing up! That's kind of how I feel right now. Man, aren't you glad you read this blog ;)

I printed it for a critique that meets monthly with some of the Newspace Volunteers. You guys! Critiques! Turns out, they're the best. I walked out feeling so good. The chance to talk about my work is so helpful and so nice and so reassuring. Reassuring in the way that I felt like, for once in the past few weeks, I knew I was on the right track.

So, moral of the story is: print work. Bring work into the world. And have other people look about it. And discuss it with them and with yourself. Make it real.

Above is a small section of this new piece. Once I have time to take a better image (this week) I will post an update with a better photograph. 


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