I'm never one to make new year's resolutions or thorough balances of the year past. I really don't believe much in either, mainly because I know I won't keep any resolutions just to fulfill a task and that I am perfectly capable of repeating past mistakes. The time is ripe to set mistakes aside or to put our energy into new projects when our hearts and souls are ready for it. I am not a big fan of willpower, you see. I do believe in our intimate desire. Willpower is mental and can easily become a bully and a dictator. Our desire comes from deep within and expresses our most cherished wishes and longings in life. I am talking about the way we intimately wish to live our lives.
However, I will go through the past year a bit because I feel (rather than know, no certainties here) that it marked a turning point in my life. 2013 was not a good year. It was burdened with problems and frustrations, wanderings through rocky deserts and a sense of ending. This last part may well be the most promising one, though I can only feel that now, at the end of the ending.
The year curiously started out satisfactorily. I prepared my 'paper homes' solo exhibition, that was held in Zaragoza in May. The works were later exhibited in the Antigua Fabrica Noguera, our local Exhibition Hall. I had lovely positive feedback in both venues and finally sold three pieces. The remaining ones are now in the dining room of a beautiful rural hotel nearby, La Font del Pas. This body of work has a deeper meaning for me and I was delighted that the public liked it so much.
The summer months were part of the rocky deserts I walked through and would rather not revisit ever again. In autumn though I started preparing work for the second edition of our Art Market and slowly started feeling myself again. Less alienated, more confident. I still have to show you what I made for the Market since, as I mentioned in a previous entry, I worked till the very last minute and had no time to take proper photographs of my work.
The Art Market will end tomorrow, Sunday. It has not been a great success though the works displayed there, by seven of the eleven artists that form our Group 'Roots', are varied, interesting and beautiful. But we live in Spain and times are hard. The harsh reality rules over beauty. We are not giving up, I am not giving up. Now, more than ever, I am determined to go on.
This last statement is the nearest to a new year's resolution. It's not born out of necessity (though necessity is certainly there) but out of desire. This is what I wish to dedicate my time to. My art. 2014 has to be a meaningful, happy year. Not heavenly happy but down-to-earth, reality-proof happy. Creatively happy.
ATTIC PAPERS, my online shop is having a slow start but it is a start. Two artworks have been sold so far and I recently added this series of bookmarks featured here. They are high-quality prints from fragments of my rusted papers. These originals are also on sale in the shop, as well as some of my white [paper] on white [paper] series.
I made some changes in the shop design and changed the prices to euros. I hope it will not be a great inconvenience for those interested in buying. Each one of them only needs to check the currency rate once, in fact, PayPal will do it automatically for them, while, with my prices in US dollars, I had to check the rates daily to find out how much I was selling for!
I now have the time and enough peace of mind to keep working. My next post will probably be about my projects, some already overdue but still possible, and my current work.
May 2014 be meaningful and reality-proof happy for all of you.