Monday, April 25, 2011
The long road
I started this piece several years ago. Its a 22" x 30" drawing in graphite on illustration board. The subject is a symbolic self portrait, inspired from a class with Armin Mersmann. I began with some elements then was stuck and still am to a large degree. The foreground defeats me and though I've fiddled with it over the last day or so, just what to add still evades me. The size of the piece and the medium can be daunting too, as graphite is not a quick technique to work with.
Created a symbolic self portrait is not a simple task, at least to me. It involves a lot of self analysis, some of which isn't always a good thing, to make a decision of what elements in the world make up your own personality. The viewer can see a variety of objects, some of which may be clear, some not as to why it could represent a person. That is part of the appeal, to let the viewer create their own story around the images.
This piece may well be on and off the shelf for another few years before it is complete. There's something comforting to know that part of me sits there, waiting.