I was taking one of the classes through an Art Quilt Series that Cyndi Souder teaches, and in one of the classes, she discussed our voices. What distinguishes us, what is our artistic voice.
I have been brought back to this again and again many times. I was very thankful while I was taking those classes from Cyndi, that I was able to explore different techniques, and the class exercises gave me an opportunity to expand and spread my art wings a little broader.
But I keep coming back to – what is my voice. When someone looks at my work, could they distinguish all of it as being part of the body of what encompasses my creations thus far?
I often wonder – what do I want my work to speak on my behalf. How is it reflective of who I am? And, truthfully, because of the different techniques I have explored, who I am may be undiscernable at this point through these creations.
I keep trying to dig through what I want my work to show about who I am…. I like to be playful. I like to have meaning to my work. I want it to tell some sort of a story. If there is a theme to my work – I want it to explore perhaps a little deeper into that. I don’t expect that any of my work will ever be used in a philosophy class to further explore the meaning of life. But I want it to reflect a part of my life at the time when I created it.
And, in thinking about this, I have realized something else. That being able to be true to who you are, and have that apparent in your work as an artist is a scary thing. Maybe I am finding comfort in that anonymyty I have in all sorts of different works masking what I truly want to be apparent as being my creation when someone looks at it.
Stay tuned…. time for some shedding of layers…. its going to be scary. But I have some amazing teachers in front of me who have blazed a trail of authenticity and courage.
If i look at the selection of quilts below, all done for challenges, I don’t know if I would say that all of them were created by one person.
How did you find your voice?