….wild is the wind…creative freedom is the seed….
I had to explain myself to this week about how I am developing the “Unrequited” collection and I
ended up writing: “ In our telephone conversation I suggested “Race & Sexuality” because many theorists that deals with Cross-firing of lobby groups have often drawn parallels between the Systematic marginalisation based on “race” as having similar style to “sexual preference”. Early feminist theory that talks about female sexuality & gender stereotypes also plays with this notion. This is what I am thinking about at the moment ie. A Post-modern art response, preferably collaborative mixed media (can be multimedia) to what I called “The Twilight of Modernity”; A generation of modernist that resulted in Barbara Hepworth & Henry Moore……but 🙂 “I come to bury Caesar..” The 20s in Eastern & Western culture that were very much the “shadow” that Modernist tries to “stuffed down”:
e.g. 20s Film Noir; a certain exploring the darkness, excavating mourning & angst…….feelings of “Unrequited” collection (c copyright Cecilia W Yu, 2009) I am working on. It can take me up to several years to narrow down things when I am developing a collection, luckily I have been mulling over this one since 2008. How did these notions play out in the depiction of Female sexuality in the Far East & Western mass unconscious.”
There was a set-back for me in 2009 developing “Unrequited” because of personal stuff but also because the two works I produced was sold immediately and there is an outstanding commission for 1 more for a private collector. I am back on track now. I told buyers already that they have to agree to let it be exhibited. 😦 I am a flake that way. A bit too “in the moment” sometimes. I might get inspired, create something & then wind up selling it to those who inspired it or an interested person around the situation, before I remembered “Oh god, this is supposed to be for a Show! Duh!” ..it’s all situational around events/galleries etc. 🙂
This Nina Simone randition put against the backdrops of 20s Civil Right movement is a wonder “musical tone”. It links the sound of the 60s but places it in the context of the Shadow of the 20s in the West. I would like to go deeper and tap the “emotional level” of that. The theme of Race & Sexuality goes deeper in a Postmodernist response to Modernism.
Rough sketches on canvas starts to form…..the rest is just giving time a chance to mature the ideas …luckily my hands have a life of their own so I don’t get too cerebral.