When I started out working on this sketchbook, I expected to be able to have the mental space to work semi continuously to create a seamless narrative. I had created 2 art books, On My Way to a Conference of the Birds, Vol1&2. There were so many interruptions in the process, both artistically and in terms of life events that I found myself pulled in many directions. Scraps of ideas, scraps of materials, scraps of time - then in frustration, having to work on other projects, go other places, attend to other matters, nothing was coming together. So I decided to just go with the scraps.
The images/narratives are constructed out of a variety of media - photographs of clay pieces I have made, sometimes photographed in natural sites, or collaged into other photos I have taken via Photoshop, old photocopies of mixed media mini-sculptures, drawing and watercolor. Some of the components I rediscovered in files and sketchbooks from art school or just after, some from recent journals, some original to the sketchbook. The bricolage style of putting these images together has evolved out of necessity.
So in the end this volume was a warm up to a very productive period, in a minor way a mutated reflection of the story behind the conference of the birds: the search for meaning that encounters many barriers only to come to a stunning clarity at the end. And the "stunning clarity" did not come to me in the sketchbook - but rather crystalized later in pieces for an exhibition that kind of popped up unexpectedly. So, no work is idleness, no chaos evades order of some kind, even if only perceived from a distance.
I was also motivated to get a website live after sporadic work on it over the last few years. It still needs refinement, but I took the plunge.
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