Personally, my most "controversial" ironically mild. "Status Update" settles in my mind. She's a painting that I intended to represent the classics transitioning into the future through our cultural convergence with social media. My mysterious subject had meticulous rows of glass beads for hair, crystal adornments and foil pigments in her dress. Her creation was a branching out with my mixed media repertoire.
There's just something about her. She has cause to update her status. Where had she been? What news was she about to share? That's the direction that I anticipated my audience to take. Simple right? Apparently not!
"Statues Update" stirred people up! She invited debate. She was viewed as a period piece with the unthinkable: a laptop! Why on earth would I create a visual mash up of things that don't go together? Holy dichotomy! The mischievous muse answers with a smile, "Why not?"
Being an artist it's all about communication. Our creative product (artwork, performance, and or photography...) is an avenue of communication. It's the product of our experience and the voice through which we invite our viewers to share in our experiences. Sometimes this is a challenge, but the challenge is how we grow. We embrace it; we strive for it. We both love and hate it. Sometimes we even lose the trail.
If I'm honest, I have to admit I'm guilty of getting so wrapped up in exploring new concepts, postures, forms, and trying new techniques that I forget about creating a piece that really speaks to my audience; that makes them ask questions. Sometimes we lose the trail of our muse. Or perhaps we need to shift to a new perspective to recapture her sight...Cheers to that most elusive muse, the one I'm happy to stumble after.