I had a "Now what?" sort of moment this morning. I haven't worked this week. I spent Monday and Tuesday attempting to legally change my name (resulting in fruitless hours at the MVA and a cryptic phone message from the District Courthouse), then Wednesday and Thursday were my domestic duty days. At least I didn't watch the soaps. I had done all the busywork I could do, and so this morning I could actually focus on The Kitschen
. Scary! Didn't go in the studio! Didn't know what to make! Too scary to think about what to do next!
So I read. I looked up books about starting a business, about marketing, about the art-making process, then I went to Borders to browse them. I didn't come home with any of the things I thought I would buy.
I'd like to think that I have some sort of special connection to Salvador Dali. His artwork always appears in my life at some creatively ripe moment. Perhaps Dali is just such an art icon that he continues to pop up everywhere, but artists like Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso are just as pervasive figures, and while I love their work just as much, it never crashes into me like Dali's does. I have a running list I keep of my encounters with the artist, and what is going on in my life at the time. Lo & behold the feature article in ArtNews
is Dali: Kitsch or Avante Garde?
Coincidence, you may say, but I tell you, Dali is my artist-friend from the undead.
The second item I brought home was Urgent 2nd Class: Creating Curious Collage, Dubious Documents and Other Art from Ephemera
by Nick Bantock. If you haven't experienced any of Nick Bantock's books, I encourage you to run out and look at the The Griffin & Sabine Trilogy
right away. They are magical and inspirational. I have also read The Artful Dodger
, which is a sort of visual autobiography, I suppose. He goes into detail regarding his methods of creating things at various points in his life, but I am very excited to see what he has to say about creativity from the instructional standpoint.
What a serendipitous afternoon it was! I think this weekend I will have to make pieces in honor of two of my favorite artists!