I was thinking a bit about meaningful content today. Sunday I had a great mentoring session with Victoria May. As I struggled with the thought that my work doesn’t have a lot of narrative content she mentioned that content can come directly from the creative process. It really does for me. I end up with small pieces of paper scraps on the floor that seem so precious that I can’t bear to throw them away. The idea of scrap and value have become a larger container for my work. Victoria mentioned the incredible installation work of artist Leonardo Drew. She also passed along a great Radio Lab episode Help! that includes an inspiring talk by Elizabeth Gilbert about Tom Waits. She mentioned an inspiring Shards of Memory assignment from the book In the Palm of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop by Steve Kowit. I have to get that book now. I took an unforgettable collage class with Nick Bantock years ago and for one assignment we wrote about our first kiss for five minutes. We read it aloud and then we replaced certain words in our writing (maybe the verbs or nouns or something like that) from another paragraph from a random book and came up with a new story. My new story was actually much more interesting.
©2012 Leah Virsik Layered Cross Structure found paper and acrylic painted rice paper 5 x 7 inches