The Reset Button – 2014

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Before The Storm

I LOVE the beginning of a new year. I love the opportunity coming from the outside to make a change…writing 2014 here and there and everywhere. Certainly we can start – a -new anytime, but I particularly feel inspired at the start of a new year. Throughout the year I check-in on my personal path so that by this time each year I have a pretty clear vision of my journey thus far and see where I’d like to be heading and what are reasonable tasks to give myself. Not because I’m some righteous person, but because life is toooo short to be complacent. I’m a grab life by the horns kind of girl in my own shy, private way.

More than anything I like the notion of pressing the RESET button. Wiping the slate clean and allowing myself a FRESH START.

As far as my art practice goes, I’ve already begun some things that I intend to see through. One of them is these photomontages made in InDesign with photographs I’ve taken. These were the first five made one-a-day, in one work week. They are an evolution out of my Nurtured By Nature documentary series documenting my two daughters and their relationship to ‘place’. I’m ready to set-up scenes to photograph that explore this concept more, but I’m not ready for that yet. I don’t have the equipment/materials I need to make that happen, yet.

In the meantime I’m playing around with combining photos that never see the light of day. My daughters also have started to want to pose for me, so that is an interesting turn. I still feel that I need to respect the parent/child relationship and don’t want to be too artistically directive. This is them playing around and I just happen to be there with my camera, but they are directing themselves and coming up with neat ideas.

It’s great fun experimenting with my way of working and I’m liking the results so far. I look forward to more of it in 2014. Let me know what you think, if you feel like it of course.

Here are all five. Last one is the first one attempted.

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Lady Banks

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Treasure Chest

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Turning

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Beauty Berry

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