Art Every Day Month: Day 27 and the Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project Day 27 Spread

©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 26 2010 found paper 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches

The Sketchbook Project and Art Every Day Month Challenge

I’m very fond of Angela Liguori’s blog: Edizioni. It was yesterday that I was there and saw this photo of a paper garland at Terrain and that was where I got my inspiration for the piece above. My stringing of buttons looks just like that although the paper garland is so delicate and pretty. I made a couple of the paper circle garlands. They made me so happy. There’s this hesitation of doing something that someone else has done for mostly decorative reasons. I’m procrastinating. I should be doing other worthwhile endeavors on my list but I feel like I can take this somewhere into an art project somehow. It’s now in my creative arsenal. I’ve known that when there’s something I’m really attracted to it helps when I explore that deeper and find out why I’m attracted to it.

I am made painfully aware that besides a daily creative practice I need to also undertake a daily exercise practice to at least strengthen my back. It seems so appropriate that this would come up this month.

Discovered this beautiful waxed ephemera from J. Morgan Puett via Kathy deRosas who’s doing some incredible installation work among other things.

Art Every Day Month: Day 26 and The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project Day 26 Spread
©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 26 2010 found paper 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches

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I realize working on these squares shouldn’t be that surprising. I’m concurrently working on square canvases with collaged found paper, beeswax and thread. I have 24 mostly in progress with a total of 36 to complete. I’m trying to figure out how to arrange them. In a way I could interpret these pages as experimenting with arrangement of my larger works.

Today is my sister’s birthday. Her blog makes me super hungry with all of her beautiful food photos. Happy Birthday Erin! It’s also StoryCorps National Day of Listening. Some of these stories bring tears to my eyes.

Art Every Day Month: Day 25 and The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project Day 25 Spread

©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 25 2010 found paper 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches

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I’m searching, exploring, wanting something more, analyzing. I look at this project over 25 days and feel like it’s all over the place. I yearn for more cohesiveness and then I feel like I’m being too superficial. This piece I did three days ago has pain that resonated with people. I’m wondering if I went deeper there, explored that pain, that my work wouldn’t necessarily be beautiful but it would be meaningful. And then there could be beauty in the pain or in the connection that is made. Probably too heady and I’m too tired. I do this work because it teaches me about my self. It gives me insight and helps me understand my self.  I know I must do it but I don’t always know why I’m doing the particular work that I’m doing.

Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for reading.

Art Every Day Month: Day 23 and the Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project Day 23 Spread

©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 23 2010 found paper, thread, tape and ink 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches

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So I imagine it’s not a coincidence that at the same time I voice that I want to quit posting my work in process (This Sketchbook Project) I’m also not getting up early and not doing my creative work first thing in the morning. It makes it easier to quit. I’m not going to but it’s so interesting to watch myself in this process. This is the hard part, returning, continuing. I’m noticing it. And this too will pass.

There’s an urgency that I miss doing this work first thing in the morning, the rush to get it done before I go to work. I love the challenge.

Inspiring TED talk: Alwar Balasubramaniam: Art of substance and absence Found another Jesse Reno interview podcast. Another inspiring one here.

I’m itching to make books.

Art Every Day Month: Day 22 and the Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project Day 22 Spread

©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 22 2010 found paper and ink 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches

The Sketchbook Project and Art Every Day Month Challenge

So I didn’t realize how much would come up with this daily practice. I’m not editing, I’m just doing and it’s not all beautiful. It’s just what I’ve done and that is my work. I want to stop doing this, kinda of. I’m not sure I want to post my process but I do want to keep a daily practice. I’m unclear at the moment what to do. It’s not so much what other people think but what I think of the work. Why show work you’re not super proud of? For me, part of the answer is to be human and to be real and also to justify to myself that yes, I’m cultivating a creative process and this is what it looks like. It’s ugly sometimes but contrast is important. With contrast one can see the beauty too.

On a happy note, I spoke with Brian Goggin today about his experience at SFSU. Incredible sculpture! I encourage you to check him out. I’m always amazed when people say yes to me. I’m incredibly fond of his work and grateful for the chance to connect. It’s a good reminder to tell people how they’ve touched you.

Art Every Day Month: Day 21 and the Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project Day 21 Spread

©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 21 2010 acrylic painted freezer paper 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches

The Sketchbook Project and Art Every Day Month Challenge

Exploration can be scary but ultimately more rewarding than not. I’ve reached the middle of my Sketchbook Project and one thing that stands out for me is that it’s all over the place. It’s not necessarily cohesive although it it is all paper collage. Each page could stand on it’s own. I’d like to take one page and build it out into it’s own little book. For me, it’s not the physical aspect of creating that’s difficult, it’s what comes up during the process.

Art Every Day Month: Day 20 and the Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project Day 20 Spread

©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 20 2010 found paper 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches

The Sketchbook Project and Art Every Day Month Challenge

I’m noticing as I’ve been working through this sketchbook that I began covering the pages completely and now I want to do less and less kind of… this is an edge for me. Editing my own work can be quite a challenge.

The Sketchbook Project Day 20 Another Spread
©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 20 2010 found paper 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches

Really enjoyed this TED talk by Margaret Wertheim on crocheting the coral reef sent to me by Lisa Occhipinti. Thanks Lisa!

Art Every Day Month: Day 19 and the Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project Day 19 Spread

©2010 Leah Virsik, The Sketchbook Project Nov 19 2010 found paper 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches

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This was actually really fun to make, it’s from the squares I punched out yesterday. I haven’t been writing a lot because I’ve been focusing more on the visual work. It’s interesting… I been through different phases with blogging. Most often I’ve written a lot without much visual and lately it’s been the opposite. I prefer it when it’s a mixture of both. I actually enjoy writing but hadn’t thought I was that good at it. Really, I think that stemmed from me not knowing big words… which doesn’t really have anything to do with writing.

ARt Car
©2010 Tom Virsik, ARt car

Tom and I attached these last weekend. This a Scion xB and the other letters are from xA and  tC emblems. I cut the B and the x to make the R with a jewelers saw and a spiral wax saw blade. I took a metal jewelry class at Studio One and Karen Ehrhardt (who I really enjoyed as a teacher) gave me the blade. There are some other really cool modifications Tom’s thought of that I’ll have to photograph: like the big red button on the front and my website on the license plate frame.