It has been a couple of weeks since we last posted, so I am overdue for a catchup with y’all. THE OTHERWORLD was an amazing event!
The exhibition explored over a century of artists who have used diverse means to create rich and immersive worlds that push the borders of human understanding. The participating artists, some living, some past, were engaged in various traditions for creating visionary art including spiritual practices, exercises to expand the imagination, and psychedelia. Among these artists were several of my long-time heroes. This was a milestone event for me to share wall space with them!
My own journey in visionary art has included the life practices of free play, collaborative creativity, embodied craft, and seeking intimacy with God through Judeo-Christian mysticism. Every artist has to find their own weird way to their works. Nevertheless, it is gratifying to see others find resonance with your life’s work.
Michael Pearce, the curator, has published a couple of great texts, If you would like to see more, and see some of the other artists in the exhibition, please click on the links below:
AND THEN THERE’S POST-SHOW BLUES…
So we got home from the event.
And then the rest of life happened,
And as expected, came the post-show blues.
This is an experience understood by most creatives… after pushing hard, and the buildup for a big event, one’s whole being just sort of flatlines. Next to “the hate stage” of a painting and mat-cutting, this is one of the lowest points in an artist’s life. And if one is not careful, it can derail an artist’s practice. Sometimes for years.
I learned long ago, It is essential to have a half-finished piece waiting for me in the art studio. That way I come back to a work already in momentum. Then I don’t have to find the energy to start from zero. Thankfully, I have just such a work in process, and I will share more on it later.
But also, it is helpful to just play, go back to old practices, and make a big pile of drawings just for the sake of drawing. So out came the walnut ink, and pastels… and I started drawing:
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