In the past six months I’ve been working, researching, and creating for the exhibition Here Today that is now on at Britannia Art Gallery. Having such a goal can focus you and give you purpose, but it can also add an element of stress. You get very intimate with the work to a point that you cannot tell anymore if it makes sense or if it’s good. So when the big day comes–the opening reception–you’re like “I think it looks good,” but you have no idea how people will respond or if you’ve completely forgotten to properly address something.
I am glad to honestly say that the show was received very well and attendance to the opening was wonderful. Thank you so much to family, friends, colleagues, and strangers that made it out. A room full of buzzing conversation is always comforting. I am also glad too to be sharing the gallery space with artist Deanna Fogstrom whose paintings depicted reflections of older buildings onto new highrises. There was a commonality in the emotion in our work about how things are changing around us. Change, loss, and memory effect us daily and were topics of discussion and connection at the opening. It was good to see that visitors connected to the work.
So now what do I do? There’s always lots to do, always more goals, and more ideas:
- teach a workshop August 4th on image transfers and pocket mirrors and one in November
- organize the studio
- take a break
- prepare new images for my screenprinted lined journals to be showcased at Bird on a Wire in November (they will have a Vancouver focus)
- hopefully submit 2 mail art pieces to exhibition calls in Germany – see my first submission
- research artist residencies for 2013
The exhibition is on until the end of August.