Post A Week Challenge for 2011

“And now let us welcome the New Year.  Full of things that have never been.” Rainer Maria Rilke

I’ve decided to sign up for the WordPress Post a week challenge.  Those of you who have been following my posts are already aware that my writing is rusty.   I’m going to approach this the way I begin a new sculpture. I start with a formless mass of clay.  It’s ugly at first, then with focused shaping, something wonderful begins to emerge. Let us hope that’s what happens here.

Modeling the clay I use the the same fingers that are now moving across the keyboard.  I’m even using some of the same muscles, connected to the same brain. The big difference here may be the origin of my writing. It doesn’t flow in the same way my sculpting does.

There has been quite a bit researched and written regarding our right and left brain function. A popular book with some artists for years has been “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: How to unlock your hidden artistic talents” by Betty Edwards. Of course the theory of brain lateralization is not that simple.  I have neither the time nor the expertise to delve to deeply here.

I do believe my figurative art relies more on my emotional, intuitive “Right Brain,” and my writing is processed through my more logical, rational “Left Brain.” These two brain hemispheres do connect and we all use both sides. I have both a B.A. and B.S., however, I consider myself “Right Dominant.”  And that is not to say that there is not creativity utilized in writing. At the moment, for me, that creative link to writing seems to be blocked.  Unfortunately, today we are relying solely on my logical brain, the metaphorical equivalent of the clay lump.

I’ll be posting both my writing, and a sculpture taking shape for the next few weeks. Mastery takes practice, right? Can just the act of writing a weekly blog entry improve my writing? Do you think writing is a more logical or more creative process? Can making visual art and writing become synergistic? Will my sculpture change?

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About Babs

I'm a narrative sculptor navigating her way through the ever-changing currents in what feels like an art ocean. Whether appreciating the calm rhythm of calls for art and exhibiting, or waiting to catch a big wave of inspiration to take me to the top. I just love being in the water. Formerly a pickle packer, theater major, crisis counselor and occupational therapist with a BA in Communications and a BS in Occupational Therapy, only to discover I've always been an artist. My work grows from a strong connection to people and a passion for discovering the beauty in ordinary things. I sculpt figuratively in clay, utilizing the female form and women’s themes. Frequently my inspiration is drawn from childhood memories and my own short poems. Like each of us as humans every work is uniquely influenced by the past and present and has a narrative.
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2 Responses to Post A Week Challenge for 2011

  1. Great Post!
    I think writing takes more analytical thinking. I find making visual art more intuitive and emotional. It could be different for each person… I admire your ambition here and I love the the slide show of the clay sculpture taking shape.
    -BG

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