Who is Sue and what is Suelandia?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Art Life

Hello people.  If you are looking for the artist who makes these trees, you've found her.

If you want to contact me my email is right at the top of the column on the right of this page under "Talk to me".

Right now I'm working on some commissions, and restocking the galleries I work with for the Holiday season.  If there's something you'd like before Christmas, you'll need to get on my list within the next week or two or I won't have any openings left.

The things I have left from the 60 on 50th show will be going to galleries in the next couple of weeks, so if you were on the fence about anything, there is only a short amount of time left to purchase them from me personally, at the reduced prices you saw at that show.

Okay, now that I've gotten professional stuff out of the way, I can talk about how it's been for me being in the past two shows.

I had two pretty close together this fall.  I worked like crazy getting ready for them, and was left feeling like I wish I had produced more for both of them, but also like I had worked as hard and fast as I could.  Being an artist is a really different profession.  I've done other work, and have always been sort of an obsessive person.  When I was in management, I was all about that--- thought about it almost every waking moment, read tons of books about it, made constant notes on where improvements could be made in our system, etc etc.  I've similarly immersed myself in advertising, landscape design, horsemanship, mountain biking... so it's no surprise I'm this way with art too.

I don't like to talk about it very much.  I've never been a super academic person, and theory doesn't interest me much.  I think the image part of my brain works differently than the verbal part maybe.  When I say I'm sort of always working on art, it's because if I'm not actually making something, I'm filling my brain with images.  Any down time I have, while watching t.v. or whatever, I'm always cruising image banks on the Internet, just sucking it all in.  The mix tumbles around without me over-thinking it too much.  That seems important-- letting it roll around unimpeded.

Wow- I said I didn't like to talk about it and I'm going on forever!

I guess I'm trying to get across most of the art thing happens in my own head.  When I'm talking to people or goofing around online, it's not about art, but that part of my brain is always on and filtering and sorting and building faint ideas of ideas, like white noise.

At these shows so many people attended who've bought my art over the years, or who've just always wanted to.  Art isn't affordable for most people.  Wealthy people buy it, and people who really love it and aren't wealthy make a lot of sacrifices to own it.  You can't imagine what that means to me.  The fact that there are people out there who bother to follow my art, who stop by to tell me about a piece they bought perhaps years ago, and where it is now and how it makes them feel to look at it.  It's like they've taken a little of me into their life.

What an amazing compliment and honor.

I don't know how or why I can do what I do exactly.  Mostly what I've learned over the years is to try to stay out of my own way.  I wish everyone out there could have a job where it felt like they were doing something they were built specifically for, and they could receive the kind of accolades I do for their efforts.  All I know is I feel pretty darned lucky.

3 comments:

irishk said...

I know we've talked about this before, but some repetition can be a good thing:-) It is to your credit that you understand many people's inability to own your art because of sheer economics. I don't think all artists really 'get' that, so that is a true testament to your groundedness and humility. Those two qualities enhance your art, because it is real. It is also good to know that you are cognizant of the fact that very few people receive accolades for their work, despite the fact that they may be doing an incredible job ~ parents of young children for instance. Because yours is a physical outcome, something you can look at immediately, your feeling of accomplishment must be so amazing. Of course, the opposite is probably true as well...with disappointments and feelings of not being able to capture what you are 'seeing'. It is powerful to know that you are creating pieces of yourself that will be here touching people long after you are gone ~ a legacy of sorts ~ and it is a fine one:-)

pseudosu said...

Kathleen,
A lot of times after a show people find this blog from googling me, so I just wanted to explain it a little, even if it's sort of a re-run for you regulars. :) Thanks for all your kind words.

Jill said...

Love that chair!! And everything else...