Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Welcome Mats at Windows
I am involved with a weekly artists illustration challenge at illustrationfriday.com Each week a different word is presented and a challenge to illustrate that word. The work is then presented on the forum. The biggest obstacle for me is my medium. Since each dye bath takes 24 hours to fix and most batiks take 7-8 dye baths, they can't be completed in a week.
I try to accept the challenge anyway. Each of these words causes me to think outside my box and stretch my own creative ideas. For that purpose it is very good.
This weeks challenge word was popularity. What an interesting word and how on earth would you illustrate it? It can denote positive or negative connotations, depending on your experiences. What makes one popular? What makes anything popular? The media and pop culture dictates what is popular on a very shallow and superficial level.
I looked over my gallery of batik work and nothing seemed to fit the theme. Maybe it is my perception of the word that needs adjusting. After all, isn't art a powerful tool in changing perceptions?
The piece I chose is "Welcome Mats at Windows" The title is as much the message as the actual art. It is a state of being. Not only should we open the door to experiences, understanding, love, awareness, friendship, connections, etc, we should throw open every window and invite every experience God and Life have to teach us. Instead of focusing on "what is popular? Who is popular? Am I popular?" and trying to fit our thoughts, ideas, ideology into that criteria, welcome Life and all the experiences, joy and learning it has to offer. Wouldn't that be nice if that were the popular thing to do?