Tuesday, May 27, 2008

sneak peek #2: Without Question

I never know how my pieces are gonna start.

Sometimes I have an image in my head, or a thought or feeling I want to try to express. Other times it's with a phrase or a piece of writing that I've done. Since this piece, "Without Question", originated with the writing, I thought I'd talk a little about that. I have several old typewriters in my studio that I use to write. I suppose I could actually write these thoughts down instead of typing, but there's something about typing out the words onto a 3X5 that makes the piece of writing more official; I've recorded it and it's officially transcribed. I have an old metal 3X5 cabinet from the 1950s, too, where I save all these 3X5s so I can refer back to them. Many of these 3X5s are just little phrases, or they start as a phrase. This piece started with the fragment phrase "I will do."

Then it morphed a bit and became "I will do as I am told without question 'til I am old." And, from there it became this:

Without Question / Maura Cluthe • 5X7 inches • mixed media on illustration board • 2008

I could try to explain how everything comes together but the truth is, I don't know. I think that's one of the reasons why I love to create grids - they're like a puzzle. As for the meaning behind it, I'll leave that up to you to decipher. That's (one of) the cool things about art: everyone brings something different to a piece and we each take away something different, too.

I'll try to post another sneak peek in the next day or so. If ya can't wait and want to see more, visit my page on TAG Art Gallery's website.

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Thanks for the sneak peaks of your blue ribbon artwork for TAG show. Wish I could come to the opening. I like the thought of how your Grandmother teaching you how to cut the perfect square out of fabric simmered through the years and popped out as grids in your paintings. She would be pleased I bet. Do you have one of her squares quilts. Powerful juju to sleep beneath one of those.

Have fun in Nashville.
xo, K