CURRENT WORK

CURRENT WORK
I have always struggled with looking at myself or my life objectively. This has been a particular challenge when it comes to the narrative behind my artwork. Over the years I have experimented with many approaches, mediums, subject matters, all while trying to find the process that would allow me to accurately communicate my feelings and thoughts around a subject. They are often complex and shifting. I’ve struggled to capture this in a singular image, a static self contained work. I now believe I have found the “language” and process that lets me fully articulate the intricacies of my perspective. And beyond that, I believe I have found the way that allows my work to be a conversation with the viewer. It is no longer linear and it invites the viewer to physically manifest their interpretation. This process allows the work to keep evolving over time. I have finally manifested the first whispers of this idea, and it is everything I imagined it to be. Meaning via context. The experiment is now over. Now it is time to express and explore.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

SELF PORTRAIT - PASTEL




Self portrait study in Pastel on toned paper. 11 x 14”


Although my art doesn’t often reflect it, I do enjoy working in color. However in my current set up paint can be a challenge so I appreciate the immediacy of chalk pastels. They have a richness in color which can be layered. The downside is how delicate the final work is. 


Sidebar: in 2018 I had rotator cuff surgery to repair a 1/3 tear in my shoulder. It is 6 years later and my arm still has never fully recovered. Sometimes working on upright drawing such as these can be frustrating because my shoulder will fatigue after a few minutes. I just choose to push through. Besides, the drawing sessions are probably helping to strengthen the muscles around it. 


Stay blessed y’all. Peace. -MIGZ


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