In terms of actual art production, I haven't done much this week.
I've been in a reading mood and have devoted most of my free time to that. But, I have done a lot of thinking this week about what sort of body of work I would like to do next. As I mentioned a week or so ago, I've been doing this disparate pieces since I completed my thesis, and lack of production aside, there haven't been any plans for a cohesive body of work. But, I've been looking around for inspiration and jotting down ideas, and I now think that I know where I want to go.
I know that I want to incorporate more weaving into my work. I also know that I want to go back to more traditional textile techniques instead of mostly painting like I have been doing (although I won't phase that out completely). I also know that I want to create a body of work based around memories of my grandfather. It's been 21 years since he passed, and it's been weighing on my mind more and more that what I remember of him is actually very lacking. There are certain things I can vaguely recall, but I can never tell if those memories are actually my own or if they are a conglomeration of things people have told me combined with the influences of photographs.
I also know that I want to focus on poppy imagery. Poppies are something that I strongly associate with my grandfather. He served in Korea with 3 of his friends. He came home, they didn't, and he never talked about the war. But several members of my family, including me, have three poppies hanging on their rearview mirror in memory of those three friends who didn't come home. I sort of leaning towards using poppy pods and seeds as a metaphor for memory.
I have a rough idea in my head of what these things may look like a physical pieces, but until I actually start sketching and making work, I'm not 100% sure how it will play out. I was scrolling though some of my work the other day, looking for a couple of extra images to add to a portfolio, and I stumbled across this piece I did while I was still in school:
It's a pre-woven, painted warp that was stitched and appliquéd. I think it might be a good starting point for me to do a couple of samples. I'm definitely going to have to get my loom fixed.
In other news, I was offered interviews for both of the jobs that I was hoping to hear from. Unfortunately, I had to turn them both down because I couldn't afford to take the cut in salary and they weren't willing to offer me more. I am EXTREMELY disappointed, because I really wanted to hear positive things back from both positions. It just wasn't meant to be, I suppose.
Perhaps though, this signals a change in my luck. Out of all of the positions that I have applied for over the last two years, they are the only ones that I have heard anything from. Oh well.