I am writing this post with a real sense of excitement. I have sold my first ever art piece as a grown ass woman! The sense of achievement is immense and it fuels my creative mind to 'what next?'
It is currently being shown in the Half Moon Theatre, 43 Whitehorse Lane, London, E1 0ND, as part of a group show. All the art work will be exhibited for 2 months, so plenty of time to see a variety of pieces created by artist teachers.
The feedback I have had in response to the piece was really positive. The general consensus was the linear abstract quality coupled with the collaged section was what made the piece visually intriguing and aesthetically pleasing. Simple yet complex. Although I am biased I was really happy with how it turned out. To me it looked sophisticated in its mounted frame and passed the test of being actual art that could coexist in a gallery or home.
Which sounds somewhat stupid but creating art that is commercially viable is harder than you think. Well for me it is as my work can be too graphic design like in terms of its aesthetic and not something you could just hang on a wall anywhere.
So making a conscious effort to not only create a piece of art that is my own style but has that elevation of 'gallery' art status was a triumph for me. It triggers the business bit of my brain where I need to think more like a business women as opposed to an impoverished artist eating beans in my studio. Obviously the latter is so much easier but it is a reminder that whilst I want to be creative I have a point I want to make. I want to get my message out there in various formats using various mediums; be it art, magazines or t-shirts. All surfaces are potentially viable for me to place my mark on, to discuss racial equality in the commercial world and what better place to do it!
So...on to the business side of things. My shortcomings are being afraid of the next stages, which I have commented on frequently. I am immobilising my own progress. I know what I need to do as you all are painfully aware of.
So, I have started the process with story boarding a short film I would like to have made. A studio has been identified in my area for the photo shoot. Just need to double check the prices on specific dates. I need to get a calendar so I can actually be timely, get some deadlines on it. Thinking about the aesthetic of both the photo shoot and film has been on my mind. Do I want women who are models or women who are your usual everyday lady we can associate ourselves with? I have settled on asking my friends, who are women of colour to see if they would be interested in participating and if they have friends also. The more the merrier.
So the mission today, as a minimum, will be to contact both my friends and the studio. So hopefully by next week I will be writing about moving forwards instead of spinning on a fixed point aka procrastination and feeling overwhelmed.
To keep myself focussed I am including two of my favourite artists who are inspiring the short film I would like to make. These women have been influencers on my art work in various ways since art college for their poignant concepts and visual discourse they create.
For I-D magazine
Solange was inspired by her
As was Kanye West for his Yeezy collections
Very inspiring to see so many ethnicities - finally! And how the creative worlds collide again and again. I love that aspect, so many possibilities.
Who challenged the concept of audience participation whilst questioning our perception of society and notions of photography based art. So simple yet so poignant. I still love this work and feel that it is as relevant today as it was when it was created in the early 1990's.
Signs that Say What You Want Them To Say and Not Signs that Say What Someone Else Wants You To Say 1992-3
That would be nice!
Aren't we all?
I hope they still are.
So I will print these these out and have them on my studio wall to keep the creative consciousness fuelled with inspiration, along with my timeline and post it notes as a constant reminder to proactively move this project forward. Time to get working.