After part one of Prism Play, I’m sure you’ll be grateful that I have much less to say about the creation of this piece!
This piece was a testimony to trying new things. It was also a testimony to moving forward and not taking time to stew about it when things didn’t go the way I had conceived them in my head! Let me tell you, that is not my norm. Usually when I run up against stumbling blocks, I put the piece aside and think about it until a potential solution occurs to me. Actually, it’s probably more accurate to say that I think through multiple potential solutions so that I have backup plans in place in case the first several don’t work out! That has taken anywhere from two weeks to over seven years. I stay in my head a lot. Fairly unproductive! Working on changing that!
One fun aspect about this piece was having the opportunity to play more with Photoshop and add to my fairly minimal skills. I loved being able to use many of the texture photos I’d taken over the years for backgrounds. Altering the color of each of the squares, changing the shape and color of the found stick. Taking a photo of a stamp I’d carved and reproducing that in different sizes so that it ghosted through the sheer.
This piece was just giving myself permission to play without overthinking it.
Again, closing with the artist statement:
Yellow is the color of hope, optimism and creativity. That is the theme of this piece. It made me continually ask “what if?”
Yellow also shows up in nature to catch our eye. This stick caught my eye when I was on a walk. The lines, texture, and the way light played on the surface made me want to play with it in a “fun-house mirror” kind of way. What would happen if I started large and the image faded out and got smaller? Could I float the image? Did I want images ghosting through the piece? Could I mirror the twists and turns of the stick adding texture to the piece? This piece mimics the structure of nature along with the playfulness and sense of joy.