Every act of construction is an act of destruction.
The Artist’s Truth
When we walk in the woods we see that nature destructs the green leaves to crisp fragile fragments, shadows of their luscious beauty. The clouds destruct and construct in front our eyes; flowers bloom from new buds but only because the energy of the previous flourishing has been allowed to decay giving fertile life to the soil from which the bloom now grows....
Moreover, our relationships form, grow and consolidate only because we surrender a part of ourselves to a greater wholeness. Sometimes we must take courage to allow our personal relationships to destruct in order to make space for a new rejuvenating one in it’s place. This is often a painful process, we fear being alone, never being understood but realise in order to hold companionship we first need to take ourselves apart and destruct our insecurities and sabotage patterns. Only then can we start to construct a new relationship built on a better understanding of our true nature and desires.
We live in a world of cycles, war and peace, political change and society pressures which come and go like the tides. To understand that change is the only certainty in life and only then can we start to librate ourselves. Then the adventure of life can begin, the potential, the hope, the opportunity and transformation.
Art is all about transformation - from idea into form but also from one brush stroke to the next. Each layer of paint destructs the previous, concealing it or changing it’s hue…and in doing so constructs a new visual platter to feast upon. Pablo talks about how an artist can only really produce good work if it is painful. He quotes:
Unless your work gives you trouble, it is no good. (Pablo Picasso)
So here lies the challenge - to unpick the intricate web of insecurities and paint with freedom and surrender, inviting pain and trouble…maybe to find the true artist within.
In 2014 I produced the largest of my paintings to date - a block canvas measuring 100 x 150 cms. It formed part of the ‘Passion Collection’ based on Salsa Dancers and courtship. This particular painting was titled ‘The Abandon’ and was a close up of a female dancer relinquishing control in an embrace with her partner.
So what a perfect opportunity to exercise Pablo’s quote…I wonder what would happen if I took this painting and destructed it? A risk of course that what I construct will not be as pleasing as the original. But, what an exciting prospect? Who knows what will emerge?
I think this will be a liberating experience on all levels…
I plan to map the destruction and construction of ‘The Abandon' (Below) on time lapse video and maybe even publishing the transformation on You tube. In order to be authentic with my inner journey I may also plot it’s transformation over a number of months to see how I respond to painting based on my changing emotional state. Then it will become an organic representation of my inner transformation also. This painting is large (1m x 1.5m) so it's going to a statement either way!
My working ethos is 'Play & Revelation' where I continually explore new ways of working, sometimes even destroying works to transform into new!
From February 2019 Sonya will be selling her collections at 'Leaf Creative' in Huntley, owned by Peter Dowle. This beautiful garden centre specialises in unusual shrubs, acer trees and hand selected plants. The perfect place to showcase her leaf inspired ceramics!
Sonya is pleased to announce that having been a provisional member with the Cotswold Craftsmen during 2018, she has now been accepted as a permanent member and invited to be publicity officer on the committee. Sonya will be exhibiting her work at a number of County Shows in 2019 - watch her events page for more upcoming details.
Sonya is now offering 1 day 'Pottery Workshops' with a national craft course provider. Start 2019 learning something new! In 1 day attentive tuition with Sonya you will learn throwing, coiling and hand-building techniques.
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