It is hard to believe that we are into the new year, and I wish belated tidings to all for this upcoming year. I have been away from the blog for some time, but holding space for returning. There has been much hard work in the past many months-- physically, emotionally, spiritually, artistically. I would like to back up and share about the most recent work that was on exhibit at Atlantic Gallery in New York City, curated by Melissa Rubin, and juried by Ingrid Dinter. The call to entry had perfect timing in my life...
Instantly intrigued by the complex theme from the International Encaustic Artists Association for their upcoming exhibit, "Hopeful Darkness", I jumped to work to begin exploring the possibilities for articulation. I appreciated the challenge of creating work which depicted this dichotomy, both of which I hold as vital for exploration and expression.
As the IEA shared in their call for entry, "Two states of being with such opposite meanings, fit so beautifully together and can create a powerful statement:
Hopeful= believing something good will happen; auspicious; bright; encouraging; optimistic; promising.
Darkness= devoid of light; dismal; gloomy; secret; possessing depth and richness.
These are concepts which we all grapple with on a daily basis... globally, nationally, and in our communities and personal lives. There was plenty of meaning for me when this call for entry came out in July. And then in August, when the truth of this took on further significance, with a diagnosis of MS. As the weeks and months followed this newly labeled piece of self to be absorbed and addressed, so did the layers deepen for the work I was creating for this entry.
I reflected much on wholeness, as expressed in my last post, and created a piece by this name.