“Entropy” A Mixed – Media Sculptural Series

September 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Life is not something that can be perfectly packaged, it is messy, gritty, leaving bits and pieces of yourself over everything, everywhere, and other people.

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“Entropy” is my way of celebrating this chaos by applying order to disorder, all of the separate work, time, found objects, contrasting objects and new objects to be made, with energy and intention, in partial, coming together to be finished in an unconventional way that made sense.

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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.

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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

Meaning and Parallels Within

September 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Over time, my artwork started to gain more and more complex elements. I experimented, explored and expanded my thinking and my methods. Possibilities and potentialities presented themselves. The more options I could see, the more I questioned. The results brought to light things that I may not have seen otherwise. I started to draw parallels to both my life and my art making. Ultimately, my goal became to integrate much of my life to that of making art. Obtaining results was challenging, yet interesting. Simply put, this approach put more meaning into my life and helped me to combat depression.                         fifteen

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Since this time, I have met new people and had ongoing health concerns. I was using my work to escape my stress and anxiety, to distract from my intense feelings of  situations that I seemed to have no control. Gaining perspective was nearly impossible. I have grown in some ways and have regressed in others. Not better or worse, just different.


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Today, I go back to this desire to integrate, to test the limitations of what art making is and can do. I hope this to be another tool to better understand, or question all of what is before me. To draw some kind of parallel within and perhaps finding meaning in a much larger project. But, for now, here is some art.fivesix

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“Palindrome” /bindings, burlap, paper bags and concrete

March 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

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3/29/16

 

I rode downtown today, like many days, to the Glens Falls Food Co-op.  I often pick up bags for my artist books. Currently I am working on a traditional binding with waxed cordage wrapped around burlap pieces (also from the Co-op). The workers thoughtfully save the bags for me, trying to do as little damage to the sacks as possible. These paper bag sacks come to the store with various grains, nuts, popcorn, etc.

 

These multi-layered bags were appealing when I first came across them last year, nice thick paper, often with a tooth on them. I immediately collected some and drew. The product stamping added unique character in time and space of my process. I loved the idea of something like this being free and the volume of it has opened up a lot of new possibilities; sculptural and/or installation work.

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the start

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one book is still being bound and has an approximate end-date, April 14th 2016.

Liz.          Here is the finished product. 31.5 inches long with concrete ends. An exposed binding artists book. “Palindrome”. Soon to be shown;  http://www.hydecollection.org/exhibitions/2016-Artists-of-the-Mohawk-Hudson-Region_573.htm

"Palindrome"

“Palindrome”

When things don’t mesh.

December 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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VOiD

Lately my art making is sporadic, it doesn’t mesh right and there are holes in my logic. The ties that I usually find in the succession of my finished pieces is not easily recognized. I make bits of things and start canvases just to put them in the corner to forget about. I doodle, I draw, thinking that the most basic of art principles will spark something- anything that will guide me in the right direction. Frustrated, I finally realize that such things cannot be forced, patience is required.

 

 

Emotion Cluster

Emotion Cluster

 

 

 

 

 

In every creative process there will be a time when everything comes together, whether it be the accumulation of your efforts or the universe telling you that this piece is important and that you are doing exactly what it is that you are meant to be doing at that time. Let this process play out and try and learn from it in some way. What was right about it and how did you feel while creating it? Awareness of your own creative process is key.

 

 

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paint on found tile

October 2015

October 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

Pack It up

Mixed Media On Canvas. 38″ by 60″. September 2015

 

This canvas has become hugely popular in the short time it has been alive.  It has found a common ground of some-kind, even amongst those I wouldn’t dare to put in the same room together.  Not to my surprise, this is the first piece in a long time that I had soley created for myself. Meaning that my mind was quite void of the “viewer” or the “censor”.  I was just making something fun.  I wasn’t worried about how it would all be analyzed or interpreted, because it wasn’t being made for them.

Those who also make a lot of art know how rare this takes place, and must pay attention to how they may have actually accomplished such a thing.

This month “Pack It Up” won second place in LARAC’ s Realism VS Abstraction show, in the abstraction category. Be sure to vote for your favorite work of art.  You have until Friday the 30th of October.

http://www.larac.org/

 

 

Art @ The Lake 2015, “Trillium” …the pictures that stay…

June 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

This years’ theme for Art @ The Lake, -Art that is inspired by Lake George. This became a challenge. I view all of my work to be inspired by The Lake. My experiences here range from; catching fish on our Pilot Knob dock with frozen hot dogs; hiking Tongue Mt. in January, eating cheese and crackers at the lean-to; family weddings; sailing with my dad; my grandfather teaching me how to swim and dive off of the dock…and the list continues… The most influential... the pictures that stay…are my grandmothers paintings. She was influenced by the Lake for almost 60 years. Summers on LG allowed her to paint her surroundings. These pictures influenced my childhood and played a role in my development as an artist. 

DSC_0223                                  DSCN0506                              DSC_0201                       Shirley D. Patton. Oils on Canvas. 1950′s. Lake George, NY.

 

 

With this complex set of images and emotions, what could I make? For awhile I made nothing. I looked through old slides of paintings long gone. I kept going back to a watercolor of trillium and leaves and things. This was done in the late 1940′s.trillium - gram.                   Shirley Patton. Watercolor. 1940′s.

I took this picture of the trillium and “copied” it, but in my way, using my own materials and my own hand.

Our methods of creating, our styles, almost everything really, are vastly different. The process was tumultuous, yet highly enjoyable. I went through many stages.

I started out by doing a line drawing on a 38′x 60” canvas with black acrylic. It was becoming too pretty, so I needed to dirty it up…

one         two         three            four          five      … I got carried away.

 

There often becomes a time in all of my work when I need to put in all of my efforts and all of my energy, or I need to shelve it. This process can be exhausting and sometimes a bit disruptive. It can dislodge emotions which have become complacent, but by shaking things loose it gets me to move forward quicker than I would have on my own.

 

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I grew very close to this work. The real truth in my work is found when creating it and reflecting upon it in quiet. In all of the adding and subtracting of media, I am on a search for the answers to questions that I have not composed yet- like checking a math problem that I have not finished.

For more information on Art @ The Lake:    http://www.lakegeorgearts.org/artatthelake.htm

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Final Product. Mixed Media on Canvas. 38″ x 60″. 2015.

Get Her Words Out.

October 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

 

The finished interactive installation, “Get Her Words Out” 

“This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.”

The Finished Installation

Finished Installation

Installed in the Lapham Gallery, “Fragments” August – September 2014.

(Installation taking approximately 8 days.Doug Gruse -from The Post Star – visited during this process and decided to do his first short video to post online. I was honored. Jenny Hutchinson, The Lapham Gallery curator, and my friend, supported me tremendously through the entire process. Thanks Jenny.)

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Doug documenting the process.

 

 

 

Making the last lighting adjustments before the opening of "Fragments"

Making the last lighting adjustments before the opening of “Fragments”

 

 

 

 

 

Last month, I took down my first installation. It was very sad for me because of all of the meaning that I had put into the whole thing; word strands all throughout the room, incorporated in with mixed media elements. It was so different from anything that I had ever accomplished. Liberating, in a way that expression through words has always been for me. Feeling like the poison, whatever it was, was extracted and left there on the page. After, I get a sense of relief because I feel as if it is on the outside now, taking up space and I do not have it anymore. I am not responsible for it anymore somehow. Flushing out emotional toxins by making something beautiful and very messy, together.

Back left corner of installation.

Back left corner of installation.

In total, this piece consisted of approximately 119 pages with 1 ½ line spacing. I took on a very complicated and time consuming project. After receiving a grant to create it from NYSCA, I had all of the incentive that I needed. The most pleasant outcome to all of this work was the reactions of local teenagers.

Many people typed-up interesting bits here.

Many people typed-up interesting bits here.

High School students seemed to relate to this installation, and their words inspiring. A couple of teachers also sought me out to say how excited they were to bring their students on over to see and possibly type. In the end, this made all of that effort worth it. I have no regrets, I worked to the full of my potentials at the time of creation, and that is ALWAYS my goal. 

Liz working.

Liz working.

 

Ceiling view.

Ceiling view.

 

 

My artwork is, and has always been, a wide interpretation of mixed media. For me, human expression is everywhere. Opportunities            everywhere. My existence is experimental, playful, dark, but always harmless in nature. I do not hurt animals or the environment if I          can help this. (I did kill a squirrel last month while driving and I still feel that little death as I write this.) I try and help those animals          that cannot help themselves. I am very curious in the woods and outdoors, being mindful of what is growing along the bike path as              the seasons start, progress and change. We live in a wondrous world. And we live in a tragic world, filled with hate and suffering.                Here, in my corner of the world I do not see too much suffering in the way of starving and homeless. What there is of it seems ignored        or rationalized. I do see animals (a lot of strays) suffering. And the “quiet” suffering of people. Emotional distress and the whys and            the hows.

 

 

It has only been until recent days where I can express myself better through words. I have always written, especially when there were no safe people to talk to openly and without judgment, and the written truth became so much easier to manage, because then I did not have to take that chance of getting in trouble, taken away or judged by my peers. Now, at 39 years of age, I feel that I am at a place where my brain can start to organize, or just try and start this long endeavor, a book of some kind – when it feels right– when something connects in my brain and body to say something —- anything —. Mark Rothko said it best– when he was asked how long one of his paintings took –”My whole life”.

"Get Her Words Out" prep

Creative Cycle Concept

June 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Current existing creative cycle:

 

Brainstorming for “Reaching To Exist”

Research Notes

Notes for possible painting. Became “Reaching To Exist”

1- The Searching

 

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Research Interest for “This Was the End of Something”

- This is the beginning of a piece, where I find something that stands out to me. Depending on my life in this time, I draw out certain interesting elements. For example; a quote from a book I am reading, which leads to a picture of an animal, which draws me to the library to look at pictures in books that I find. This may lead me to a specific ritual of the animal, which leads me back to the quote and humanity in some way that makes sense to me and is interesting enough to pursue more.

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One of the beginning stages of “This Was the End of Something”

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Beginning Process of “Record It All”

2- The Process

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Mid-Process of “Reaching To Exist”

chapter 37, the unknown, colored pencil and collage on board. 7-12

Mixed media exploration work.

self-destructed, pencil and collage on masonite 7-12

Exploration piece.

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“Bald Eagle” – still in progress.

- This part of the cycle involves much creative output. It is time consuming and rewarding. I draw, write and paint to form an understanding with the elements I have chosen.  The process often goes on for weeks. In the meantime I usually start working on the larger work. (Stages of the painting usually help me to understand the direction of the work.)Often the piece will have drastic transitions.

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“How To Make a Fire”

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“Reaching To Exist”

3- The Product

03. Tracks, Scats and Rucksacks

“Tracks, Scats and Rucksacks”

Process-Art Book for Reaching To Exist.

“Process-Art Book For “Reaching To Exist”

- Simply enough, this is the finished piece. When I feel satisfied that I have created something worthwhile and to the best of my abilities – I am done with the largest product. (Sometimes an artist’s book, of the process-art will also be created to accompany the finished piece, and exhibited together.)

4- The Exhibition

- Usually a public showing of some kind. This part of the cycle is to fill me back up again so that the cycle of creating can start over again.

(note: Each creative cycle of a piece is not necessarily unrelated. I work with the concept that somewhere the next piece is in my last piece.)

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Opening of MIND and MATTER at Saratoga Arts. Exhibition on display June 1st – July 27, 2013.

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“Deep Larder” Pastels

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Mind and Matter

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Part of Installation “This Was the End of Something”, currently at Saratoga Arts.

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“This Was the End of Something” Installation.

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Mind and Matter – Installation.

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Mind and Matter

The Process – Art Concept

May 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

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The canvas where I first introduced the dramatic subtraction method.

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Unfinished (portion of canvas)

The Process – Art Concept

(May 2013)

 

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Fisher-Price Little People Unfinished. Oil on Canvas. 39″x60″.

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Face Unfinished

The concept of “process – art” started for me in 2011. It came from thoughts I had after completing a 39 x 60 inch canvas. The newly adapted subtraction method I had obtained while working on this particular canvas added more layers to the work, and ultimately a lot more time and effort were put into it. After a month of working on this canvas almost daily, I felt that immediate satisfaction that I usually get when good work is put forth, but this lingering nagging feeling kept at me.

What had I been doing with my time? I was not used to soulfully working on one project with such anticipation, precision and dedication.

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Bald Eagle Unfinished

All of those hours in that month, had it really taken that long for one piece? I could not entirely remember what had possibly prolonged my creative process.

 

After these initial thoughts, I started digging into my portfolios and in the corners and under the tables and up-top the shelves in notebooks and forgotten sketchbooks – all of the hours re-appeared – an AHA moment, and, an OK, that is what I was doing, and, OH, that is what I was feeling or thinking. Everything started to come together for me after that.

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Portion of Unfinished Canvas

My process – artwork became just as important to me as the finished piece.  It helped me to piece together the story of my work into a fluid thing that I could better understand. I started working my next painting by referring to my previous painting. It gave my work layers and a sense of fluidity that I had never discovered before.

 

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39″x60″ canvas

Think of the progression as a spiral rather than an incline or a straight line. As my work efforts push forward, I do not leave my past creations behind. I gain experience and valuable insights to present and future work, while evolving and integrating all of that past work (whether successful or not so successful). I take along what is useful to me and push forward with no linear path to think of. Many more possibilities open up daily.

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Unfinished Canvas 39″x60″

In Progress