a new pathway

image by vicki reisima

Having spent last semester with my eyes glued into Photoshop, it’s been a while since I got my hands grubby with making things. Here are my intentions for my new pathway in my practice. Curious? Here’s the formal brief outline…

For the purpose of this degree programme, I will be lending my artistic voice to the ancient metaphysical concept of the seven chakras. A series of mixed media sculptural characters will be deeply yet subtly infused with metaphorical symbolism and my priority will be on an intuitive and exploratory process. I trust that there will be many opportunities for serendipity and materiality to influence the outcome.

The search for unifying factors in our daily existence, the search for understanding and direction, and the inevitable pull toward consciousness brings us to a critical evaluation of our spiritual natures – Anodea Judith  (The Wheels of Life)

As spiritual subjects are so often considered impractical or inaccessible, this project attempts to raise awareness of the chakra system within a narrative context. Drawing upon storytelling and metaphysical concepts, I aim to inspire people to consider simple and playful ways to incorporate spiritual well-being into their daily lives.

The next several weeks posts will feature influential artists, methodologies, and theoretical contexts of my project. Included will be works in progress that are inviting feedback during the making process. I’m excited to see what manifests!

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raw talent without a common sense recipe only goes so far

Sure, it’s great to have raw talent to ensure success, but what really drives success in any arena in life is professionalism. This idea is what profoundly hit me as being of utmost importance, as Annika Bennett presented a talk to our class. When talking about professional practice specifically in the art dealer world, Annika pointed out what the ‘do’s and don’ts are. I’ll summarise, focussing on the positive actions I can take to make it on my own when approaching an art gallery with my work.

clipart_cooking_40sHere’s a common sense recipe:

  1. Grab one reasonable sized sauce pan full of carefully chosen research of who’s who, and keep it topped up during the entire duration of the practice
  2. Before proceeding any further, simply write a succinct email with a PDF of professional images, and deliver into one of the who’s who in the bowl. Avoid adding too many words that may upset the flavour of the dish – putting everyone off before they really get a chance to taste it
  3. Put a link to your website aside for one’s viewing pleasure should they enjoy the way your email ingredients go down
  4. Gently let the pan simmer for four or five days, and follow up with how the ingredients are blending. Maintain a positive attitude, even if they separated and curdled unpleasantly. This may be prevented by ensuring that your preparation was well considered
  5. If the ingredients have blended, and beginning to work together well then attempt to add yourself to the pan promptly and professionally – this will only taste good of your flavour and style of presenting is different to any other that the who’s who has come across before
  6. Be prepared to leave the pan if its not working and graciously start again from step one (it’s always effective to get more than one opinion), otherwise listen carefully to how the who’s who may support your career and guide you into doing whats best
  7. The recipe may fall flat if at any time, you fail to be authentic and true to yourself – it’s important that any aspect of your practice is not compromised by the other
  8. Remember to cook more than you need, and be prepared to give some away if it means that more people get to taste your work
  9. One must continue to cook and simmer frequently, keeping the brew fresh and alive with creativity and imagination
  10. Trust that people will enjoy your efforts and appreciate your authenticity and uniqueness

If you have any other suggestions for what to add to the pan, or any adjustments that you would make to the how to: please feel free to comment. I’ll let you know how it goes when the time comes for me to approach a dealership gallery with my work.

 

Can you remember a year ago?

 

I do ever so clearly! It was when I stepped out of my infancy, and into my toddler shoes as a blogger and visual artist by changing my blog name and intentions of why I write to you. It really doesn’t seem that long ago, and I’m surprised to already sense another growth spurt having occurred. My growth has been sparked by the academic learning that I am acquiring in the Bachelor of Art & Design and also the discovery of self that comes hand in hand with gaining more knowledge about life and oneself.

The more I learn, the more I realise I don’t know – Albert Einstein

Hence, the need to open my mind up to more knowledge and understanding. I figure the day, that I know all about it, is the day I ascend into the realm of the Gods (still most likely preferring to wear my Chuck Taylor’s over high heels anyway). So really?

With my toddler blogging days behind me, my next stage of growth in my creative career will firstly focus on learning about the business of being a visual artist and designer. In order to do this, I really need to define who I am (in this very moment) as a creative practitioner. Knowing that I will again need to allow for constant evolution and change, I need to hone in on my thoughts right now, in regards to my work – asking what it is about? Also, asking where in the global context is my work situated?  I am embarking on a great expedition in researching my fellow global artists in mixed media, photographic and print realms, and how they situate themselves in this great big World of Art. (You may find many of my findings on these pages as I explore my place in the world amongst others). It is then, that I can know how to put myself out into the world confidently and authentically – and I plan to do this by not only making a conscious effort to professionally and authentically communicate and present myself in the blogosphere but also creating the beginnings of an e-portfolio featuring the Art & Photography of yours truly. My goodness – that sounds grown up!

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are – E.E. Cummings

I look forward to receiving your thoughts and ideas about how you have made steps to becoming who you really are. From my heart to yours x

image: by Vicky Reisima and her shoes

Holy Bonds of Matrimony

Before I embarked upon my honeymoon with my beautiful new wife, I spent the day creating a self-portrait photographic composite in Adobe Photoshop CC. Soft and dreamy or grungy textured dimensionality. Which version of my ‘Holy Bonds’ do you prefer?

Photomontage Images by Vicky Reisima (2014)

Bill Viola

my e-workbook

The visual/audio installations of Bill Viola communicate the theme of the universal human experience and subjectivity. Viola’s intention is to provoke viewers to contemplate collective and individual conscious thoughts and perceptions of the universal human experience. He explores topics of birth, death and self knowledge with deep influences from Eastern and Western spiritual traditions.

What intrigues me about his work is the vulnerability that he has his models revealing to the viewer.   Not only are they often naked, but also displaying gestures of shock, pain, sorrow and introspection. I am compelled to empathise with the people featured in the works, and as I do so, great compassion and humility is provoked within me.

Reference:

Viola, B. (n.d). Bill Viola. Retrieved from http://www.billviola.com/

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Linda Plaisted

The works of award winning photographic mixed media artist, Linda Plaisted have captured my attention in “Photocraft: creative mixed media and digital approaches to transforming your photographs.” by Susan Tuttle and Christi Hydeck.

My recent ideas of layering images in an etheric and dream-story way has already been successfully achieved by Plaisted in America. Plaisted’s award winning work is on a similar track to what I had thought to be a unique idea for me to pursue in the next stage of my and photographic art, however, I will not let this realisation stop me from exploring this idea.

I need to trust that I am still a unique artist and at the end of the day, no one does anything the same as another. So, off I go to explore layering nature images and self-portraiture together. My only intention is to combine these elements that I have a deep sense of reverence for. I have no end ideal result in mind, just thoughts of layers of transparency, blending modes at play, intimate, ethereal and contemplative images with a digital encaustic aesthetic.

Whats interesting is that Plaisted also works with encaustics, as seen below:

References:

Hydeck, C & Tuttle, S. (2012). Photocraft: creative mixed media and digital approaches to transforming your photographs. Ohio, USA: North Light Books.

Plaisted, L. (2013). Linda Plaisted Fine Art Photography and Mixed Media. Retrieved from http://lindaplaisted.com/

 

Post processing fun

Using various iPad apps I have begun to manipulate the self portraits digitally to open up possibilities. I am excited by the results, and here a a few examples.