Solo Show: Unfinished
The continuing influence of nature in my artwork has taken me to a new medium, hand stitching, where I explore rhythm and appliqué in a series of ‘unfinished’ pieces.
What I see in nature also influences my photography, mark-making and expressive drawing, as well as my work in handmade textiles. Seeing in one medium unfolds in unexpected ways of seeing in another. While my hand stitching work in particular appears ‘unfinished’, I invited us to reconsider the value of things unfinished. Much like nature, and ourselves, it leaves an opening to discover more or make connections that unfold into something unexpected.
What makes something finished? Or unfinished? And who’s to decide?
I like starting creative projects. Not everything gets finished. I get excited with ideas as they form in my mind and my curiosity leads me to begin, to see what happens as I experiment and learn. What emerges is often not what I expected - not terrible, nor brilliant, just different. I’ve learned to be okay with that.
But how do I know when it’s finished, or not?
We generally feel uncomfortable when something is unfinished, whereas being finished is deemed somehow more worthy and accomplished. Okay, I get it, sometimes finishing something really is important and valuable. But I think being unfinished can be equally important and valuable, too.
When something is unfinished, there remains an opening. Who’s to say that some time later, when I look at my ‘unfinished’ artwork, for example, I might see something interesting, some unexpected possibility that I didn’t see earlier on? Sometimes we need creations to let be for a while. Or maybe it’s us that needs letting be. It’s like nature - it takes its own time, and has its own rhythm of emerging.
And I’m hardly finished. I have more possibilities. I need those openings in unfinished things.