Saying Goodbye to Art

I have a love/hate relationship with my art (I suspect many artists do). If I made it, it must be marvelous, and I love it. Until I look at the same work through the lenses of new techniques or an improved skill set and then I want to toss all of it and start anew.

I have a few pieces of “student art” from my classes at SJSU that I still like a lot — even though they are taking up extra space I don’t have and they are not works that fit with my goals as an artist. I keep moving them from place to place in my studio and often they topple over as I have to push past them to get to something else. Clearly the solution is to say goodbye to this work that is valuable in that I learned techniques doing it, not in its quality as “great art.” Sigh.

I have a hard time getting rid of anything and for some reason these pieces have been especially hard to part with. Perhaps in the case of the paintings it is because I am not a painter and I worked much harder than the results reveal in making these canvases. In the case of the 3-D work I think it is the whimsical and political aspect. I like making political work and these make me smile when I look at them. Unfortunately they’re also the hardest to store.

So. This posting is to give them their send off.

First up, the “make a 3-D form out of shapes” assignment. By the time it was constructed it looked like some sort of dangerous device. Hence the label:

Keeping with the political and 3-D motif, the “How to Survive an Election Year” hat:

And on to the paintings. This painting is as basic as it gets, but it’s one of my favorites:

These last three are a series which include a jewelry box and a tablecloth I inherited from my grandmother and clearly show the influences of Mark Rothko, Magritte and Martin Puryear. With apologies to each of them:

And now that they are documented (for what my husband assures me will be the “early works” in my retrospective at the Met someday), I bid them farewell. Back to the studio where I am working on some new artists’ books in my newly found free space!

~Ginger

www.gingerburrell.com

3 responses to “Saying Goodbye to Art

  1. well, I do think the paintings have a certain playful charm. And you can probably re-create the colander sculpture for your big retrospective at the Met. 😉 I am sometimes amazed at what ideas get recycled from long ago. I have some old work, and actually wish I had more back. I gave too much away back then. But then space is good, too. I bet you will miss at least one of these eventually. But then it might drive you crazy if you try to keep it until then.

  2. barbara mortkowitz

    wait wait wait !!! where are you sending you past artwork to? Have you dumped, destroyed, recycled?
    I love your past work — can I buy some of your pieces? Seriously !!!

  3. barbara mortkowitz

    Ginger – you never told me where your art is going to!!! I hope it’s not gone yet.
    Let me know
    Barbara

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