Exposed, 2013, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 7"x5"
I'm thinking about the paintings of Four Stakes Prairie in ways that are different that I've thought before. I'm searching deeper, wondering more, and the brush strokes feel different. It's a bit frightening, but I'm going with it. Where? I'm not sure yet.
Transitions set us on edge, force us to look at things differently, confront, and even change our understanding of things we took for granted the day before. We're suddenly in unfamiliar territory. We feel uncovered and uncertain.
Exposure to new ways of thinking about a problem, new untried materials, or unplanned results in our work may put us on a new and different path. There will be many fits and starts, and deep holes and dark corners that we can't yet see around.
As an artist I believe our obligation is to challenge the paths presented to us with enthusiasm, with courage and excitement. Some of these paths may dead-end, others will open us into a whole new world.
Don't forget the Marco Island Art Center's monthly reception tomorrow, Tuesday night. The gallery show is "Forme du la Femme" for you to ponder. 5:30-7:30.