What (as the human race) are we leaving behind? What clues are we leaving for the generations in the future? Will it paint an accurate picture of who we are? Would we agree if we were a fly on the wall watching an archeologist investigate and theorize his/her findings? Could we apply these same questions to the history we have devised from the artifacts left by our ancestors? What was lost over the centuries and was it critical to our picture we currently depict?
These are the questions that have always fascinated me. It is a theme that continually repeats itself in my work, one that I have not resolved visually or completely. I started off my art career investigating the role of women and their place in society. How we are often placed in a box by societal pressures and traditions. After a short time, this topic became stale to me. It was not that the topic was no longer a concern but rather I felt I must focus on my true interest to break out of the box. I had to find out what truly intrigued me.
I have been searching this year trying to go through the paces of making art daily. I have been trying my hardest to make something of visual quality each day but the conceptual end is really where art is formed. It is an area where I feel lacking through this whole process. I can make excuses, it is usually late when I am working, I am tired, brain fried and running out of time. I am making art and that is what matters. Perhaps not an all encompassing form of art with all of the critical components but I am making things to view.
I went searching for a thread that connected my work. The thread I found was a thread that has traveled through my work since my first college experience. I am interested in the human footprint, our mark we leave on this earth. What our remnants will tell future generations about our time here on Earth. This is the thread I wish to continue developing more clearly with a conscious mind as I continue throughout this last semester of our journey. I will continue writing about this subject to help develop ideas for the artwork.