artist - amy j greving
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Monday, April 2, 2012
Finding Personal Validation of My Art During My Sabbatical
What do these two photos have in common?
One of the many things I have learned from my sabbatical this past winter is the similarity between my photography and concrete art. This validates my intentions when designing and creating my art. I want my art to have a strong sense of the natural and organic feel, with a look that is inspired through nature. These two photos represent this. This bowl shown is one I designed last summer and the flower/weed is a photo I took earlier this spring. Is is coincidence that even those these two art pieces although different are similar in shape and design? I don't think so! It just validates to me that for so long now I have been so aware of the shape, texture and designs of nature around me, that it has automatically become a part of my idea process and art. I'm excited to what new designs I'll have for you this summer when my concrete art business begins again.
I should be creating some new bowls beginning this week! I'll be sure to post them!
My art often begins with a single photograph, a reflection of my eye—an eye that is deeply attracted to the texture, pattern, and shape found in nature. Whether it is the intricate pattern on the bark of a tree, the gentle curve of a woman’s breast, or the smooth, shiny shapes of pebbles along the shores of Lake Superior, I seek to display the wonder of creation in its purest form.
From a single photograph, a single vision or impression, my art charts its own course. From photograph to canvas to sculpture, my hands become dirty, my fingernails caked with the mediums of art, and my heart becomes filled with joy as each piece blossoms, quite organically, into what it was meant to be.
I hope to help those who view my art to feel connected to nature. Perhaps it is not always obvious. But, quite possibly, the viewer will see in a new way and will feel a new appreciation for the organic elements around us.