Creating Free Art Part 2


Free Art?

Pictured above is what I created repurposing some found objects.  I tried not to over-think, and just let the process take over. It took 3 hours to put together, not the 2 hours I had hoped. It probably took longer partially because I prefer nailing and pegging assembly, to just glue.

The response I received when I’ve shown it to people has been surprising. My daughter said it spoke to her and she doesn’t want me to give it away. Another artist deemed it my best work, which I’m not really sure how to take.

Looking at it myself, I can see an autobiographical aspect, related to growing up in Detroit. Of course, all these elements were in my studio, so these obviously were things I had an affinity for and valued enough to keep. I’m not sure what meaning, others will connect to it.

I was not prepared to be conflicted about letting go of this piece of art. At this point I’m unclear about what to do. I have plans to connect with an artist friend this Friday and participate in this weeks FAFDet.

Do I leave this piece or create something else?

Wondering how other more experienced Free Art Friday artists do this?

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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4 Responses to Creating Free Art Part 2

  1. Katherine R. Willson says:

    Wow – it’s amazing how you put all those things together to come up with this!!! I’d have a hard time letting it go…

  2. Katherine, Thanks for taking time to comment. It was an interesting process. I’ve let go of work before to sell it. Still trying to decide??

  3. poppytump says:

    Fascinating . I love to see what creative people come up with ! What some else might think is easy to arrive at is just not so . Some artists narrate a lot of blurb that actually the piece of Art doesn’t need . You are right not to over think it I do too much of that myself and end up in fact not achieveing what I want . And if I *really* knew what that was by golly ….

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