Propaganda, Diane Krys, 2013
Negative space is a part of any piece of art or design. The spaces between the main elements or subject create forms that need to be considered. I’m thinking a lot more about this since my work has moved into 3 dimensions. With this new body of sculptural work, I found myself shaping the negative space as intently as the physical form; simultaneously carving into space and building. Sometimes the space between is the form.
With my first solo show up and running and the artist’s reception behind me, I’m living in a kind of negative space right now. I don’t mean bad or unhappy, just a space in between a year’s work leading up to the show and the next undertaking. I think a shift in pace is necessary to fully appreciate an intense experience. Nature works symbiotically: ebb and flow; calm waters after wind and waves. Appreciation develops through contrast.
This personal “space between” is my time to reflect and savour; a time to enjoy an accomplishment, to feel gratitude for everything and everyone that played a role. It’s a time to count my blessings as the saying goes. It’s exciting to be absorbed in the work and flurry but it’s also nice to gear down for awhile to where I can get lost in the rhythm of my knitting needles, take an afternoon nap or host my dear 82 year old aunt who traveled from Halifax to attend the show and spend time with the family.
I need time to ponder. I’m going over the whirlwind of it all: the work, the festivities; the new connections and opportunities starting to bloom. It’s been a truly wonderful experience so far. I went through the reception day buoyed by love and good wishes. It still gives me an effervescent feeling to think about it. I can’t deny it’s a thrill to have someone tell you they like your work but I was just as moved by the stories and experiences my work prompted others to share. I loved that kids liked the shapes and critters and wanted to take them home. Although the pieces represent more serious topics,on a pure visual level they invited play. That makes me very happy and sows a seed for other work.
The themes of this show were shaped by a personal difficult experience. Ironically, the darkest moments can shine the brightest light to provide clarity and bring you to your truest self. A negative experience may have burnt a lot of things to the ground but it also put me on a new beautiful path that I couldn’t imagine when I was in the thick of it. Standing alone in the show, in the physical representation of my story and journey I felt a great sense of personal growth and gratitude for that dark but enlightening experience. Even in life, negative can form positive.
Embracing my “space between” is deepening this whole show experience and shaping things to come. It’s a pregnant pause. It keeps me in touch with who I am and what I value. It tethers me to positive choices for a fulfilling creative path when the wind picks up again, and it always does.
My show, Illusions, Revelations, Transformations runs until November 30. I’ll be attending the Alberta Craft Council’s annual fundraiser on November 29, maybe I’ll see you there! Thanks for stopping in, I’ll be back on December 10th.