Mindfulness and Distractions/ Exert I

February 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Introduction

First drawing of 2017.

First drawing of 2017.

It is now 2017, there is no snow on the ground, it is warmer than usual, the groundhog just saw its shadow and we now live in a world without Mary Tyler Moore and Trump running our country. A positive future that is much more difficult to see, muddled amongst the unbelievable chaos of negative people, now, having a more solid platform for their hateful beliefs. It has been difficult settling into doing any real meaningful work with the many distractions. All attempts at this have been unable to stand-up to the intensity and confusion of my feelings. However, I have been writing steadily for a couple of months and have decided to blog certain exerts. Remembering that I can only change the world by changing myself and contributing that to my community and the people around me.

Personal truth seeking often leads back to what I care deeply about – Art-making and the many things that surround that. What drives an individual to create? What are the motivations behind this? Is it a prerequisite to have some sort of traumatic past to make meaningful or intense art? What happens in the art process when the work shifts from you creating it, to it creating itself?

 

Installation Planning

Installation Planning

 

Process –Art Journal:  Exert from Saturday, January 7th. 

I used to think that the solutions to my problems were far away, physically, mentally, but I have come to see that the things that I am seeking are the things that are closest to me. Often so close that they are overlooked, maybe because at first glance they are unappealing, or I am just used to looking further. This was difficult to accept at first, dreams became realized for       their insanity- blindly thought of as a possible future because at the time I needed something   to hold onto.

Exploratory Collage

Exploratory Collage

 

 

I have come to believe a great deal in mindfulness, originating from Buddhism and adapted through western psychology. There are many techniques, rituals and practices. Putting some of these to use in my process, many possibilities begin to present themselves. Being present when creating allows awareness to surface and things that were hidden before are no longer.

Collage

Collage

 

 

 

I imagine series upon series of installations, all evoking a deep and personal intimate view on my life and my art. Each one becoming deeper in meaning and process as I make and evolve. Ultimately, uncovering or revealing some truth that I was not previously aware of. Media discovering itself in relation and availability.

 

Liz Parsons Art                                                                                     February 2017