First some words about the themes and challenges in general: IN NO WAY ARE THE THEMES INTENDED TO PROMOTE CONFORMITY OR TO LIMIT AN ARTIST!! Rather, they are meant to promote innovation and creativity, to push us to do something different or to do things in a different way.
View the themes with a wide open mind.
Interpret them loosely. Or interpret them literally.
Be serious. Or be humorous.
Share the theme with friends or family. Ask them what they think of in respect to the theme. Ask a young child. They come up with some really creative answers.
Work backwards….this is yet another way to promote creativity. If you have a piece you want to do, think of a way to tie it into the theme. Maybe add a new element, an embellishment, try a new technique. The brainstorming to “make it fit” becomes a creative exercise in and of itself.
The themes also add a level of enjoyment and reflection to viewers. As an example, I visited the CFAL exhibit at the Old State Capital multiple times, with different groups. It was interesting to hear the comments as viewers searched for the tie-in to text. Almost like a scavenger hunt. The theme is also thought-provoking to the viewer as they think of how they might interpret the art work not only on its own, but also in relation to the theme. And the theme helps them to connect the art piece to their own experiences.
Our Theme for 2018 will be “Journeys”. My thoughts include
actual journeys, both big and small. Exciting trips, short day trips, road trips with friends and family, cruises, visits to Quilt shows!!!
Journeys I have yet to make, a sort of bucket list of trips and experiences
Metaphorical Journeys… our journey as an artist, as a partner or parent, a career journey, a spiritual journey, a journey of perseverance and recovery from a personal challenge (like an illness or natural disaster….like a flood), and so on
Journeys we have witnessed-- the growth of a loved one, the journey of women or other minorities within our society and culture, space journeys, ocean exploration journeys, and so on.
Imaginary journeys I think of Dr. Seuss here as well as other wonderful children’s authors
Feel free to add others, and to share with the group if you are so inclined.
The challenge for our first quarter of 2018 will be “Enter here”. I think of doors, gates, archways, passages, windows (sneaking in and out maybe), walkways, “You are now entering……” signs, stairs, and so on. I also think of things like the line of oaks in front of some plantation homes, the statues that guard entrances of some homes or even living sentries.
I think of entrance ceremonies, like the bride walking down the aisle to enter into her journey as a wife, the football team running through the goal posts and onto the field to enter the next game, parents and children on the first day of school as they both begin the new journey of school, baptism and other religious ceremonies that signal the start of a new journey of faith.
I think also of starting points. What started your journey as an artist? Your spiritual journey? Your career? The onset of a challenge like a flood or diagnosis of an illness. A class that taught a new skill or the meeting of a new friend or partner that opened up a new journey for you.
Again, I want to emphasize that these are just ideas. Please feel free to add your own ideas. Just deciding what to do is a creative exercise!
And a heads up: The theme for the second quarter will be “Remember This”. Think photos, memorabilia, souvenirs, special memories, etc. More ideas will be sent out later. Feel free to send along your own ideas.
The last two quarters have not yet been decided. Some of my ideas are “The Road Not Taken”, “Rising to the Challenges”, “Forks in the Road”, “Getting There”, and “Coming Home”. Please feel free to share your thoughts about these ideas. Also, please share any ideas of your own!!!
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