I will answer the question. I need to know what my work is about.
Sequestered in Florida I spent hours cutting and glue-sticking small, black and white copies of my images onto blank notebook pages. I am creating a visual reflections notebook, an exercise I read about in “Art Without Compromise,” by Wendy Richmond.
The time seems right for me to formulate a cohesive statement.
Old and new photographs are now paired, tripled and quadrupled with one another. When grouped this way they share similar points of view, composition, subject matter and/or feeling. Some of the juxtapositions are random, telling unexpected stories. I'm adding words as well as quotes, song lyrics, articles, and works by the artists I admire. It’s daunting to view my work next to a photograph by Marc Cohen or a painting of window cakes by Wayne Thiebaud. I included a favorite poem by ee cummings that knocks me out. I wonder if I will ever have a photograph that can truly accompany it on a page.
I’m hopeful that as the notebook fills it will speak to me about my images with clarity and a sense of purpose. Until that bolt of lightening strikes - even while in captivity - I see with my heart.