Exploring Pattern

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I’ve been making work about diabetes for a few years now and I’ve explored several different materials and approaches along the way. During this time, I’ve encountered several challenges. Aside from dealing with the occasional emotional obstacles, I’ve struggled to guide this body of work in one direction and instead have branched off what feels like endlessly. It’s a complicated feeling because I do want to explore this subject as thoroughly as I can, but doing so also leads me to feel like I’m starting lots of different things and not spending enough time on any of them because I keep moving on to something else. I don’t know. It’s hard to explain.

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Anyway, I recently tried one of my ideas and I’ve grown very attached to it because it’s like a perfect combination of things that I’ve been working toward but was never able to think of without going through this exploration process. I’m currently developing a character I created a few months ago (more on her in a future post), and I’m also creating a series of stamps for printmaking. The stamps are perfect because the idea of repetition is an important part of this theme. My life as a diabetic is very much about routine and doing things over and over again (with the understanding that I’ll be doing this for the rest of my life). Using stamps is an easy way to convey this idea and also experiment with certain images and phrases.

Madame Insulin in Red (detail)

I’m planning to create mixed media pieces with these stamps, including materials such as thread and various papers.

The Face of MI (detail)

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I’ll be sharing finished pieces soon. Thanks for reading!

 

 

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