|Gustav Klimt (caption later)|
|Giorgio De Chirico: The Tower, 1913|
There is a sense of warmth and protection
which is unprecedented -
and may I venture to say, very Cancerian!
I was thinking of my recent interest in Tracey Emin's art and why it made an impact on me. It suddenly struck me, that only a Cancerian could make that kind of art. I had to go and find out - well, sure enough, she is one too! Is this peculiar or what?? In her art, there is a subjectivity, warmth and a connection between the various elements of life and living that makes sense to me on a deeper level. My explorations into this sphere restored my belief in contemporary and unconventional art. It's true that although I've been interested in contemporary art and thoroughly enjoy documentaries about artists, I haven't dug very deep since the late 1980s.
|Gustav Klimt (caption later)|
|Gustav Klimt (caption later) Sensuality - a very|
The last ten years has been a time of emotional chaos; of experiences all emotions and learning to understand them as well as deal with them. I have been burn out many times, and my attention span has gotten worse. A couple of years ago I started to want to read non-fiction again but it's slow and arduous. Yet I feel compelled to nourish my brain so that I can generate new and stimulating thoughts... I just don't want to give in to the condition.
|Vivi-Mari Carpelan: "The Past Comes Crumbling Down", 2008|
The dark and mysterious, or...
So as usual, after a time of low and even depression, something has come together in my subconscious mind and I feel something beckoning me in a certain direction. I finally started on a piece of art that I have been thinking about for months. We could really use some money and I would be happy to sell some art. But I cannot bring myself to thinking in commercial terms. I have to follow my heart. And in spite of some misgivings, I can't stop thinking that I need to bring out the issue of chronic illness more poignantly. I've been debating how to go about it in an elegant way. Perhaps Tracey Emin and her self-disclosure has helped me feel more determined about what I probably ought to do. Only time will show what the exact impact has been. Strangely, this time I can honestly say that I feel influenced by another artist though exactly in what way is not clear to me yet.
This is the starting point of my new work. The sheet is bigger than usual, it's A1. For the past ten years I used to do small work because of many reasons: 1) I could scan them and get a good print without much trouble. 2) I could only afford buying small frames from Ikea 3) I didn't have anyone to help me so when I needed to take artwork to an exhibition it had to be managable. There was a drawback, however, which is that I wasn't able to draw much myself. My fine motoric skills have degenerated over the years. I have now decided to go for bigger images as Martin can help me with the practical issues. I want them to have more impact on the audience. I also hope that I can integrate more drawing into the images.
|Vivi-Mari Carpelan: "Claude" 1993|
|Martin Herbert - Character Study for a Book Project,|
Read my blogpost about Frida Kahlo as we impersonated the couple here.
Read my extensive analysis of Tracey Emin's work here.