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Creative research is the backbone of my art making practice. It is the place I turn to when there is limited time, something passes my glance and needs to be captured, or a new combination of idea + material nags to be made visual. There are concepts that pass by as singular expressions and others that have a special kind of energy that want to be explored through iteration -- different takes on the same theme. Process rules the day and practice offers meaningful discoveries.
Our sketchbook work began this year with the concept of germination, the process of things coming into existence and/or developing into new forms. We explored a variety of approaches to this theme using a 5" x 5" square format and a wide range of drawing, painting, and collage methods and materials. Sketchbook pages were physically altered by tearing holes, ripping off portions, and adding extensions to activate new energy, movement, and growth into the creative process.
During the month of December, we worked with the concept of emanations, a thing or issue that spreads out from a source, while viewing videos of natural energies, forms, and phenomena. These include Reindeer Cyclones, Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, snowflake designs, ice crystal growing on glass and ice crystals freezing inside bubbles. Each of these subjects were explored on sketchbooks pages using a 5"x 5" square format and a wide range of drawing and painting materials.