22 June 2010

How do you know what to share?

Yesterday Judith van Praag of Hope Filled Jars asked me if I had artwork hiding anywhere that needed to be seen. Her post about a drawing from her sketchbook being selected for a show on mothering and art at A.I.R Gallery was about how the good work we send off to galleries and editors, the stuff we think has power and energy and zing is not always the stuff that gets noticed. In this case, it was a small drawing from her journal that caught the attention of the curator.

Rose Deniz / Nur Modaevi, 2005

Of course! I thought. Because we are less inhibited in our private journals and sketchbooks. Until we've distanced ourselves enough from the content, it's for our eyes only. Unless, of course, our sketchbook is stolen, or it's been published posthumously.

Rose Deniz / Kilis, 2005

Judith's challenge made me admit that I do have images and work buried in notebooks and boxes and tucked away for safekeeping or eternal darkness. Part of this is a cataloging issue - what do I do with them? I do withhold the stuff I think doesn't quite make the cut. Not everything is meant to be shared. These are not revelation-steeped pieces that hold some secret information. They are my mental maps, my clues. When I re-read them and re-image them, I look for subconscious trails I traversed.

Artist journals have always held the poetry behind their work, though. The early ideas. Visual surprises.

How do you know what to share and when?

11 June 2010

How do you identify your center?

Ferries and mosques, seagulls and bridges. Quintessential imagery of Istanbul. 

In drawings and flashes of ideas, many that remain untapped in Jungian shadows, I explore the reasons I am here and not there. I write and make art to ask questions and explore the answers, not to wear the painter's hat. Different vehicles, same driver. 

Christina Katz talks about what's at the center of your writing career, essentially what you are offering in the work you do. Her metaphor is espresso at Starbucks, and how from that one elixir of life, all forms of frothy and mentally-stimulating drinks can be made. Being in several fields at the same time - art, writing, design, curating - has me tapping walls like a contractor looking for support beams to find a clear and direct way to say exactly what it is I'm offering. 

It's an ever-evolving task. Shifting from mommy mode to artist mode to editor. When I tap into a creative flow, it turns me on. Makes me know that positive, life-affirming change can happen when you do what you love.

How do you identify your center? Does your center of gravity shift with time?

Watercolor images copyright Rose Deniz.

04 June 2010

An opening in Ankara

Photos from my opening in Ankara on May 31, 2010. Photo credits Sera De Vor, one of the most fantastic and enthusiastic people I've ever done an interview with. "American artists share their vision of Turkey" in the Hürriyet Daily News June 5-6, 2010.

Monica and me with Thomas Leary, Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy

Thanking the US Embassy for its support of the exhibition.