Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hiding my Work

For the past six months I’ve been making artwork, painting large and small pieces, blogging, performing. I’ve realized all this work has an over-riding theme—that it must remain hidden, or at least camouflaged. There are a host of reasons for this that I can’t go into, but I’m choosing to make work that I can’t show to the general public, or even to some of my friends.
So the next questions is, can I show it if I cover it up? Can presentation be part of what I’m trying to say? Can I physically put layers of opacity on the work, or hint at it through a peephole, as a metaphor for what I’m experiencing in my life right now? What does it mean, to make a kind of “private artwork,” in opposition to producing Art-to-Be-Conspicuously-Displayed?
I’m trying to figure it out with some small paintings; click here if you want to see more.

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