Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Inspiration & Relevance

artwork in progress by Melissa Lanitis Gregory

This post revolves around two things:

inspiration, and relevance.

Last night I dreampt about Madonna. I dream about her occasionally. It's odd when you consider that I don't like her songs much, but I find her strength and drive fascinating. When I woke up, I had some of those half-formed ideas that sometimes turn into art pieces. I ran out to the studio to turn the heat on, and do some thumbnails for a new series. Are these connected? I don't know, but I may want to figure that out... I'm working on revising my artist's statement, using Alsyon Stanfield's new book about promotion: "I'd Rather Be in the Studio". In it, she uses a series of questions designed to help artists get clear about the inspiration behind the work. How am I going to incorporate dreams of Madonna into an artist statement? Should be interesting.

my shoes

And relevance: This photo of my shoes seems irrelevant, but the fact is, I love the way the light comes through that sliding glass door, and shines through the screen that's leaning there. Noticing things like this, I photograph them. That's relevant to the creative process, just as relevant as the ideas that flew out of my head and into the sketchbook this morning; ideas for pieces that spring from my love of this place I live, and from the losses of last summer's Angora fire.


Alyson B. Stanfield said...

Thanks, Melissa! I'm so glad you're working on your statement. And I sure hope Madonna doesn't come up in the statement. We want to hear about YOU!

melissa lanitis gregory said...

Thanks, Alyson; I promise to leave Madonna out of it!

Actually, I'm doing my journaling and thanks to your prompts, I'm learning lots about myself and my work. I really am looking forward to seeing what comes out of the process.