Friday, October 25, 2013

NEW, FOUR: Kansas City Art Institute Faculty Biennial

oil and enamel with enamel markers on canvas
48 x 48 inches, 2011

ARRANGE AND REARRANGE is the sister piece to YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW, which was completed in 2009. Both pieces are 48x48 inches, both are done in oil and enamel and both pieces are highly personal for me. Although each piece carries a different message, they both have to do with decision-making and how we, as individuals, choose to move through life.

Throughout my life one thing I have learned is that despite how much planning we put into moving towards a certain goal or plan, sometimes those plans can change in an instant. Although we are sometimes able to see our plan(s) come to fruition, when a change comes it usually happens suddenly and unexpectedly. We then have to shift, rearrange, reassess and try to adapt to this change. How we adapt to change(s), how we (re)arrange and shift says a great deal about who we are as individuals.

Since I was a little girl, my eyes have been drawn to pattern. Dots and lines and stripes and squares, zig-zags and stars and squiggles and circles -- I see it everywhere, and love it all.  As an adult, I am still drawn to pattern. When I was working on this piece, I imagined the squares and rectangles of pattern as three-dimensional blocks. The arrangement of these “blocks” is a puzzle. How we make the blocks fit within our lives is up to us. What is the arrangement? What stays in? What goes away? What needs to shift or move to a different place? It is up to each of us.

ARRANGE AND REARRANGE is part of NEW, FOUR: Kansas City Art Institute Faculty Biennial which opens tonight at the H&R Block Artspace. I'm honored to be a part of this show. If you're in Kansas City, join us tonight for the opening reception from 6-8pm. NEW, FOUR will be on exhibit through Thursday, December 12.

Photo taken by David Kuhn.

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