Friday, May 9, 2014

Concepts and Benefits of Art in Series

Several times I have created work in a clear series.  For example, I had "Ecocide I" through "Ecocide VI" and "Embrace I" through "Embrace III."  Working in a series helps me to explore a very specific theme or idea in multiple pieces.  I also think it helps the viewer to further understand the concept.  Once they see that three or more pieces share the same title, they begin to think, "What do these all have in common?"  And that question alone can make someone re-examine the visual aspects that I was exploring, and the possible meaning behind them.

In my most recent "Native" series, I'm exploring the shadows created by plants cast on the human form.  The original plant itself is not pictured, but it's presence is alive and clear simply by the shadows it has cast.  The shadows are imprinted on the women's skin, following the curves of their form, and creating one image together.  Human and nature.  Body and plant.  Our natural world is where we come from and constantly has its impact on us.

My latest piece, "Native IV" features the shadows of pine needles instead of the branches of the previous ones.  Here she is!

"Native IV" chalk and charcoal, 18"x24", by Heather Clements, 2014.

"Native IV" (detail) chalk and charcoal, 18"x24", by Heather Clements, 2014.

"Native IV" (detail) chalk and charcoal, 18"x24", by Heather Clements, 2014.

"Native IV" (detail) chalk and charcoal, 18"x24", by Heather Clements, 2014.

*Update: This piece is now SOLD.*  Thanks so much!

 And here are all 4 of the "Natives" together:

"Native" Series by Heather Clements, 2014.

Inspiration Source #24:  Finding Yourself in the Dance (and other arts.)  This short video features three amazing street dancers, showing their moves and talking about the nature of dance.  They make discoveries with their bodies and their minds follow.  Almost everything of what they say can be applied to any art form.  Be sure to make it to 3:42, when they really get into the concepts of fun, learning, improvisation, and the amazing benefits of dance (and all art forms.)

On a personal note, many of you may know how in my free time I have fallen in love with hoop dancing.  I have always loved to dance, but never before I have I become so immersed in it, using my body as my medium.  I have found that so many lessons I have learned through art, apply fully to dance.  Lessons of open-mindedness for learning, practice, improvisation, practice, inspiration from others without imitation, practice, finding my own voice, practice, and going in full force, giving it my everything.  The more you give, the more you get, right?

As always, I super appreciate that you have come to my little blog land to read my thoughts and see my art.  Thank you!