welcome to my online journal, where I reflect on art, what it means to me, and the processes I use to create it.
~ nancy green
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I spent a couple of hours today scouring Capitol Reef National Park for cliff formations with arcs, and photographing them. I'm feeling a pull toward sketching them, an activity I seldom undertake, and at the same time am observing myself returning to old impulses and methods. Am I pulling away from abstraction? I don't think so; I have vague visions of using both approaches. It has never worked before, but it is an urge that keeps returning. I seem periodically to feel a need to unify the abstract and the representational or referential -- and this is another such time. Such attempts have never before been permanently productive, and usually have been discarded as a wrong path taken, yet I also acknowledge that they always feed the process: How can they not?
So I am once again feeling the urge to reference a concrete (well, sandstone) thing in my work, but am thinking that somehow I can also be true to the last nine months of abstraction. If nothing else, I had a lovely day gazing at the strata and the desert varnish that characterize our local formations. One of the photos is posted above.