the cycle has begun again. the hamster has awoken and is once again making his endless rounds, turning the little wheels of my mind in his fashion. when the dust settles at the new studio, and we return from texas, i will begin a new body of work that is really more product-based than anything i ever thought i would make before. i plan to utilize old vocabulary and create new to market as a kind of wallpaper.
i have have always had this uncomfortable relationship with frames. i just don't like the sharp corners. i don't understand why so much great work in this world ends up spending its life inside of a rectangle or square. so i am going to make my work part of the wall, itself. i have started researching different kinds of pastes, and will start my experiments in a couple of weeks when I have gathered all the various material resources. rice paste is one i am really excited to try. i had never heard of it before i started research, but it reflects my desire to keep my materials inexpensive, non-toxic, and relatively simple.
the presence of the new baby, and the emerging family dynamics he has created with my oldest child has inspired me to claim a new vocabulary thread, as well. the new baby has reminded me that life, in it's toughest times, requires a balance between seriousness and playfulness. i have been making work about serious things for a long time, and now i would like to claim "play", as i reach inside to pull out the self that lays dormant most of the time, that loves mechanical toys, weird animals, and imaginative play.
i am so excited to see what happens. i think i will have more fun than i ought to. maybe i'll even make a book eventually. who knows?