There has been much discussion on the SAQA Yahoo group about finding one's voice. I have been thinking about this for a long time, as it shows up in some way or other during the past year's worth of postings here.
I think the biggest problem is not in finding one's voice but recognizing it. I think that is why other people can recognize my work even when I change styles or medium that I am working in.
So after some thinking I have come up with some thoughts on my work:
I work primarily with color and line
I love organic lines and shapes
I enjoy working with geometric shapes
I like multiple layers in my work
I like simplicity in my work
I like to work in series
I like to problem solve design issues
I like to share with others
I have a difficult time talking about my work
I like to change styles
I like to work on paper
I like to work with fabric
I like to work toward combining the two
When I am working with paper collages, I really feel like I am playing with paint and images. Lately I have done quite a few (over 40) in four different series. Many things are the same in them: they have multiple layers of glazes and colors; I incorporate pages from old books; I incorporate transferred images; I like to include stamping and silkscreening; I like to include some type of text. I have realized that I tend to work in series of colors also.
I have always believed that the most important thing for an artist is to do the work. And do more of the work. And do even more. The more work I do, the more comfortable I am doing it. I am not afraid to make mistakes or have work not turn out right. I can just do more and keep doing it until I do get it right. My studio has piles of papers that I have started and left behind, some to come back to at a later date, and some to just consider cutting up and including in bits and pieces. But then, that is what is fun about creating art.
I used to teach a lot of classes of machine quilting and stopped that when I realized I had the patter down completely and it was all getting pretty stale...time to shift to something else.
What I enjoy doing the most with other people is helping them to free themselves from their confines and look at new ways of doing things...getting that "Ah ha" moment...so much fun when the light comes.