Sunday, March 14, 2010

New Insights, New Series...Treasure


Last July I lost a brother whose courage and brilliance have inspired my entire life. Our conversations had often been about art, building things, and sailing. For a time in my grief I had absolutely no interest in creating anything.

One afternoon in August, while I was viewing a recent video of us discussing art and creativity, I had a breakthrough experience as I imagined making a linear sculpture that expressed our dialogue. Continuing in my current direction with sculptural forms, it was the beginning of a new series that I call "Kites", concerned with the concepts of soaring, sailing, overcoming.


This is the thing that I have created that I treasure most. It is my first "Kite". Because of the experience that guided my work, I've gained fresh insights into the creative process. On a personal level, the piece symbolizes a connection that is alive in me now, just as it always has been.
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Learn what other artists in the Snow Leopard Network have created that they treasure most: Andes Cruz, Jewelry by Natsuko, Alice Istanbul, Bill Martin, Rosy Revolver,Thomasin Durgin.

11 comments:

Andes Cruz said...

Thank you for sharing Jan; what a wonderful moment to have such a connection. love and hugs.

Alice Istanbul said...

Wow, what a touching blog post. Thank you for sharing that with us.

Jan said...

Thanks Ande and Alice! For me, the the greatest value in what we create comes from the experience and growth we go through in the creative process.

My experience here was healing. :)

Bill Martin said...

Thanks for sharing! I agree with you. I love the process :)

RosyRevolver said...

This was so moving. Great post. Sending a hug from Carolina.

jewelrybynatsuko said...

yes, it's so touching... made me think of my dad. thanks for sharing wonderful memory & creation!

Thomasin Durgin said...

What a beautiful post and work, Jan, so powerful. I love the way it divides space and is so different from every angle, there is substance in the empty spaces. I remember the discussion of this piece on Flickr months ago, I had no idea at the time what the concept behind it was, thank you so much for sharing it with us. xxoo

Jan said...

Bill, Rosy, Natsuko...your comments are so appreciated. Thank you for coming by. It's great to meet you and become acquainted with your work. (Your blogs are exciting!)

Jan said...

Hi Tomi! Love your comment on the piece itself...thanks so much. You always add a valuable perspective, articulate new possibilities.

I think that often the part of creative experience guided by our knowledge can't be totally aware of the contribution of our intuitive artist. Feedback is wonderful...it can expand meaning for us. :)
xoxo

WATTO said...

Hi Jan,

Wonderful story. It's so rewarding to have a creative outlet to inspire others and express our emotions whether they are filled with happiness or grief. It's a beautiful gift to have.

Jan said...

Hi Mary and Jon. Thank you for coming by and adding this beautiful thought...it is such a gift to be able to process ourselves through what we create. (It keeps me grounded.:)