On February 16th, 2013 I decided to give myself a challenge. A challenge to physically and mentally force myself to think about my work and the process of the works’ production in a different manner. The challenge guidelines were simple. Make thirty pieces of Art in thirty days, no exceptions or excuses.
The thirty collages that I created from the challenge are meant to act as “preliminary sketches” that will in the near future become a charcoal drawing, then result in an oil painting; altered slightly from step to step from its original context. I decided to take this approach to create a new and fresh body of work, and depart from my previous work and process. The collages themselves begin to take on a new appearance, where I construct new forms from found images. Within the collages, I create abstracted realities and place forms from nature and insert them into new environments.
I chose to show these preliminary sketches because I find fascination with how each individual artist works, and how each artist has a unique process behind their approach to art making. An artist’s studio, and their “raw research” tend to be private and their studio space becomes sacred. Typically a viewer is only allowed to see the artists finished product that has been perfected and polished intended to be seen by many; but today I have chosen to let the raw qualities of my process be exposed.