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ART SHOW • Amanda Hudson 6:00pm – 8:00pm
May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
I remember being shocked at the the amount of time and money it takes to build one simple painting. When looking at a traditional piece of fine art, (the materials to make and stretch your own canvas, prepare it, prime it, all the tools required to cut, measure, and seal the canvas as a workable resource), it can leave me feeling overwhelmed. It has to be perfect before a single brush even touches the surface! That was crazy to me! But through the stress that process created, I realized that was it. The process. The making. The problem solving. The figuring out how to just make it work!
I was reminded of the crazy artists I studied–the ones that are more interested in how they made the thing than what the actual thing was in the end, because isn’t that the most important part of making art? The final product? I couldn’t have been more wrong about that.
There is so much to say about a person when they can pull something together even as all parties are convinced they are going to fail. Maybe I feel I have something to prove. Maybe I just want people to take the time to realize that things do not have to have a perfect equation. In my world, a+b does not always =c. There is a method and a reason for so many things, but not necessarily an exact recipe.
These works can sometimes be exploring a portrait by using unexpected material combinations. Sometimes, it’s partially gessoing over old paintings and reacting to the remnants of the old to create something new. This series has been one of discovery. It has enhanced my time in the studio in immeasurable ways-forcing me to hone in on why I keep coming back to my work day after day. In the end, it has made me appreciate what I already have and to be resourceful versus always having a mental wish-list and a “what if” mindset. Instead, I’ve begun to tell myself, “This is it. Make it work.”