It was all I could do not to add 20 more exclamation marks after Showtime. I’m in the final preparations for my first solo show. It opens October 26,2013 in the Alberta Craft Council’s Discovery Gallery. I’m very excited. It’s been a year in the making. Knowing I had to deliver this show has shaped and underlined my whole year in many ways. I streamlined my commitments so I not only had ample time to prepare the work but had time to enjoy the journey.
The call for entry process required a fairly detailed description of the show and the various pieces in it. It was a real challenge to think things through in a conceptual and comprehensible way before I had made the majority of the work. It essentially forced me to work out the rough draft of a story and a blueprint. I’ve spent the last year fleshing it out in 3 dimensions and in the process discovered a new way to approach my work.
Over the last year when I visited the Alberta Craft Council I always took a few moments to stand in the gallery to soak up the space: to feel it and imagine how my work would live there. Initially those moments left me petrified. The thought of filling the empty space daunted me: the current work on display humbled me. Can I really do this? As I completed more pieces I noticed those feelings mellowed and finally dissipated. Connecting to the space every once in awhile helped me mentally move into the gallery and feel comfortable. I don’t know if other exhibitors feel this way or if it’s just part of first solo flight jitters. Of course, a little bit of angst has cropped up again now that the opening is right around the corner. Mostly because you never really know how a show will land. Having said that, I can face whatever reaction the show brings because I know the work is authentically me. It’s a part of me like my limbs and organs. It’s a deep exhale of what I’ve experienced, learned, and developed.
I had been in a happy bubble of creativity for a good chunk of time when the first drafts of the exhibit invitation and ACC magazine article appeared in my inbox this past August. My stomach did a flip and I had to go have a nap to settle myself. Excitement, nerves, reality. Oh yeah, I have to show this stuff in public!
I must say I’ve really enjoyed the focus and intensity of working on a single body of work with a deadline. There’s a time to slowly ponder and absorb and a time to keep the synapses firing and moving. Sometimes there’s nothing like a deadline or something on the line to bring you to your most instinctive creative self.
The show itself explores the idea that everything is not always as it seems. It’s a story in a way; inspired by a personal challenging experience. It’s been rolling around in my mind for a few years. I had thoughts of writing about it but the words never came. When I started to combine my parallel explorations in rug hooking, knitting and felting it seemed like I had found a new language for myself and a way to express something inside that previously couldn’t find a way to surface. Exploring personal creativity is an unpredictable, exhilarating journey and I’m very happy to invite you to view a chapter in my story.
I welcome the chance to say hello to my fellow fiber enthusiasts at the artist’s reception on Saturday, Nov.2 from 2-4. My show runs concurrently with Shona Rae’s “Mythcommunications”. A fantastical jewelry art exhibit that I personally can’t wait to see. More details and information are available on the Alberta Craft Council website. Or you are welcome to get in touch with me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
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