Artist Journal #10

3/4/13

Because of my tendency toward anal-retentive perfection, the way I work is a way of combating habitual behavior. Experimenting with mark through tools and materials has taught me what seems like a new language or a new approach to acquiring visual language/information. Working against habitual tendencies opens up the brain to new neural wiring, activating areas that were previously less engaged. This is why activities such as left-handed (ex. non-dominant hand) drawing are important.

3/6/13

I want the viewer to somehow engage with the art, with the space, like in installation art. I don’t want it to be simply an after thought or passive activity. The painting was made on the floor; what if it stayed on the floor? What if you had to walk around it in order to get to the other side of the room? This would make you aware of your body and where and how it relates to the space. It would make you aware of your feet, your steps, your balance.

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