Changing Scenery

February was a busy month for me. Flights to New York then Florida both invigorated and dissipated my creative force.

The New York art scene is overwhelmingly vibrant, varied and sophisticated. Many see New York as our cultural capital. You know “if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.” It was awe inspiring visiting the Chelsea Art Scene, Brooklyn Museum, The Folk Art Museum, and the Museum of arts and design. The thought of visiting MOMA, The Guggenheim, or The Met couldn’t even fit into my already crowded thoughts.

Yet, discovering the narrative of artist Janis Sawyer at the Eileen West Gallery in Seaside Florida is what haunts me the most. Sawyer has “a peculiar way of seeing things.” A quadriplegic for 22 years, she rarely leaves her house these days. She creates her art using digital cameras her husband helps set up. I’ve only had a glimpse of her story via the trailer for the documentary “Holding Still.” The serendipitous find of this artist holding still, while I seemed to moving too fast has given me much to ponder.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes” Marcel Proust

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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 Changing Scenery

  1. Gees where have I been this blog is fabulous – you dog you. Yur wrting is right on and you work is wonderful. Here I am trying to think what I should put on mine and I come to yours. great job

  2. Corinne,
    Thank you for your kind remarks. I’m getting ready to write a new post. It’s always great to get some feedback. I was just thinking I need to get more controversial, talk about Charlie Sheen or something, and see if that increases my comments.


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