I need to clear some space, get some distance.
About a year ago I began a series titled "plane" and then, halfway into it, put most of them away to wait. Today I pulled a few out and felt excited about them again. Here's one:
Here are a couple more that need some work:
And here are a couple of finished pieces from the series:
56w x 49h inches
34w x 31h inches
When a series of work goes "pfoof" halfway through, and I cannot work up the energy or excitement to continue with it, then I lay the pieces aside for a few weeks, months, sometimes a year or two. When some time has passed I will bring them out and find my energy to continue is renewed.
Not a very efficient way of working is it, but that's OK - efficiency isn't everything and in the end I always manage to finish what I start, even if it takes a couple of years.
Maybe I pulled the "Plane" pieces out because I need a break now from the multiples.
Here's the most recent multiple piece finished:
it takes two points
to make a distance.
till you use it.
Then it is rigid
it has actual strength.
every length -
the very armature
of love, perhaps.
lets distance collapse.
- Kay Ryan
It seems I need a bit of distance now. Finishing some of the "plane" works will accomplish two immediate things: emotional distance from the multiples, and a feeling of accomplishment that I'm finishing some older works.
Also one longer-term effect I hope to gain is seeing the multiples more in context with my other work and not so much separate, which is how I have been perceiving them.