I’m excited about sharing a show with fellow mixed-media artist, M.J. Rigby, at the Leopold Gallery November 8. As I look at our work side by side, I am once again dazzled by the creative process. Where is the stARTing point for works that have so many ingredients? So many steps and layers? So many forms and ideas?
For me, most images start with some delightful shred of trash: a hunk of lace, a scrap of an old newspaper or a well-worn book page. Houses have been a theme of mine for some time, so if I don’t have another idea, I start as all houses do, with a single foundation on a rough-hewn horizon.
Sometimes, I finish with a story. Here is the one this canvas told me:
“Monsieuer Monceau lived in the house his grandfather left him, and his neighbors envied his unceasing good fortune. He could not help it that the sun greeted him first and the leaves never landed in his yard. He figured it was the karma of a life well-lived.”
I hope you can join me at the Leopold, 6 – 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, to ask M.J. Rigby how he gets stARTed.