A while back I had a long talk with a former professor of mine. I may have already talked about it here but the talk has stayed with me and I try to work out all the different thoughts and ideas. I was and am struggling with balancing my "art life" post school. Who isn't? I thought I was prepared for the post school feelings but you really can't prepare until you are in the thick of it. I have had a lot of trouble with balancing my time because I feel like I should be making craftier things (commercial things) that I can sale and it's hard to give the time it takes to make a drawing or a painting. I feel like my chances for being an artist (non-commericial) are over and that is depressing. I know that doesn't have to be true but it is definitely feeling further and further from my grasp.
A friend of mine showed me this artist and I have been thinking a lot about her work. She takes the every day things that I love like party supplies and makes them into these beautiful art installations. Seeing this really got me excited and made me realize there are ways I can combine all the things that I love and it doesn't have to be so "this or that."
These are works by Angie Zielinski. I really encourage you to check out her website here for more amazing images. Her artist statement was reading my mind. She talks a lot about enjoying the glittery ephemera of landscapes and the decorations used to garner attention. The first time I saw her work it took my breath away.
I love how her drawings and paintings are evocative of the installation work. It makes me realize I can use the craftier things I'm making as subjects for drawings. All of the things I am doing can coexist.
Angie Zielinksi's work has made a huge difference in my studio practice. I'm still struggling with time management but I definitely have the drawing itch so I will have to find the time to slow down and make this happen.