Two journal entries in less than a month, that hadn't happened in years.But dA often seems to be calling out to me, complaining of neglect, plus I finally finished editing the photographs of my works for the 'paper homes' exhibition. There's always some editing to do. Remove the haze most digital shots are burdened with, adjust the colours a bit, add some sharpening. Now it's done and I am sharing the works with you.
This series of works was not an easy task, it turned out to be quite demanding. The technique is not really complicated but the thought process behind it was. I wrote about it in my previous journal entry
. I wanted my paper homes to be humble and understated, an intention that may clash with the feelings of loss and distance that inspired the whole work. But I am not the kind of person who shouts about her feelings. This is not an angry demonstration carrying banners and crying out slogans, it's a quiet conversation with the viewer and what I am trying to convey is the delicacy and fragility of human emotion.
White prevails and that was intentional too. Colours can easily distract from the essence of an artwork, they can become 'chatty' and overbearing. Having worked with fractals for years, I know that all too well! White here stands for silence, void and the unknown. But the unknown is full of endless possiblities. Not all of them are nice, some will be painful and others will be limited. We can't really talk about what we don't know yet. Thence the silence.
Paper homes, fragile lives, words untold. That's the deeper meaning of this work.
The opening was fine. I won't say it was a great success, since we had only about 30 visitors. Many people still work at seven in the evening on a Wednesday. Those who did come though showed great interest in my work. They asked many questions about everything, the technique, the approach, the hows and the whys. All in all, they had me talking for almost an hour and a half! At the end of the evening I was really happy -and virtually voiceless.
I can't be at the Exhibition Hall every day, it's 150 kms from home. I can't even make it there every weekend. But when I called them they said they had many visitors over the weekend and that a couple of them asked for the price list. Fingers crossed?