“Sacred Mysteries” has gone – I delivered it to the gallery today – and the selection panel meets next Tuesday. They let artists know if their work has been selected by post, so I will know one way or the other by the end of next week.
When I got home after delivering the work I felt a bit lost – this is how I usually feel when I part with a big piece – especially so soon after it has been finished.
Usually on completion of a big piece, or series of pieces I take a day to clean my studio – returning everything to its place ready for the next batch of work – but this time before I start on the studio, I will have to tidy the house for visitors that arrive on Wednesday.
I am not tidy by nature – and my home bears testament to this. However, the cleaning of the studio after a batch of work is therapy. It is a meditation on the pieces that have been finished – and those that are to come. It is a time to pause and take stock – before the next flurry of activity. As I write this I am reminded of those snow globes – which you shake and the glitter and snow flies everywhere, fast at first – then slowing down before gently sinking to the bottom – ready to be shaken up again.
When I tidy the studio – this is sometimes when wonderful “What If” moments occur – which will be triggered by the juxtaposition of carelessly discarded elements from the just completed pieces;- Bondaweb on top of foil. String under foil etc.