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Let's Talk about You and Me

Jen Scully

LET'S TALK ABOUT ART BABY... LET'S TALK ABOUT YOU AND ME

The past few months have been a time for reflection, thinking about goals, and setting a course of direction.  I've taken a break from painting, cut back on commissions, and I essentially hit the pause button.  A couple of weeks ago I felt ready to start thinking about creating again, but knew I wanted to do it in a way that felt right, not rushed - and true to me.  I committed to working towards a new collection that will be released in early April.  I knew this collection would not be a continuation of my work from 2019, but rather would start with an exploration of process and end wherever that leads me, even if it feels unfamiliar and uncomfortable.  

So, here we are.  I've started sketching - playing around with lines and colors.  The process feels incredible, although when I stop to see what I've made, it can feel bit like I'm looking at a stranger.  It instills a bit of panic in me, after all, if it's feeling unfamiliar to me, surely it will feel that way to you, my audience.  And I know you have an expectation, just like when you go to your favorite restaurant to order your favorite dish.  Imagine the disappointment when they've removed it from the menu, or changed the sides and you're forced to pick something new.  

When I look a bit closer, I can begin to recognize some features and find some common ground.  The raw texture and repeated marks comfort me and I feel a bit more steady on my feet.  

As an artist, I find myself getting caught up in creating what I think others want to see.  After all, that's the work you following, buying and sharing with others.  I feel a responsibility to produce more of the same, but the same feels stale and inauthentic.  Painting becomes a chore and creativity suffers.  

I'm not surprised to see a shift in my work.  I've experienced some pretty major things in my life over the past 6 months.  I'm not sure where I'm headed, and for the first time in a long time I can honestly say I have no idea what this new collection will look like.  But how exciting is that?  I hope you are excited too, and while I understand if you feel the need to jump ship and head to another restaurant, imagine if I can serve up something you like even more!

 



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