In a series of eight panels varying in size, I developed a sequence depicting the process of invention: conceptual planning, fabrication, public reaction, and performance. The brilliant colors serve to underline suggestions of modern fantasy which permeate the work. The motto in the closing panel was a quote from Corita Kent, whose night course on lettering changed my life.
Reflecting on my artistic beginnings in 1967, I did not have the goal of painting or otherwise spending my life creating artwork. I just worked on things that most interested me. Of course, storytelling was what I really loved and had the most fun with. Most often, I would spend intense hours trying to connect to the images that were coming out of my own imagination, and so it was very exciting to me. I would throw my whole heart into it. It gave me a sense of purpose and direction, but really I had no planss— I only worked from one project to the next.
I can see now, in retrospect, that there really was a direction I was seeking. That the process of following one’s imagination does work. There was much criticism of my life- of seemingly having no plans or direction, and the fear that my life would be wasted, in spite of all this, I continued and somehow intuitively trusted the process.
I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.
–Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter, 1853-1890
One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.
–Henry Ford, American Industrialist, 1863-1947
I don’t like to say I have given my life to art. I prefer to say art has given me life.
–Frank Stella, American Painter and Print-maker, 1936-
When someone is seeking … he only sees the thing that he is seeking… but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal.
—Siddhartha, 1922 (translated into English in 1951); by Herman Hesse; Nobel Prize Winning Poet, Novelist, and Painter; 1877-1962
[I was encouraged] to follow a path toward an unknown destination, and to not hold tightly to what I thought I was looking for.
—Spirituality and Health- Encountering the Buddha in Seoul, Susan Christerson Brown, 2005