Making weird paintings!
I made them in a (free!) class taught by Marjam Oskoui at Blue Rooster based on the theories of artist and holocaust survivor Arno Stern. I'm not sure I like them, I don't really think they are any "good." But it is not really about that...we try to just paint (using simple materials: newsprint and poster paint...so as to not have the work become too precious). We try to choose colors and make marks without thinking about it too much...which is very difficult! Getting rid of preconceived notions about what art should look like, aesthetic judgements feels impossible.
What I've made in class doesn't look anything like something I expected to make, so I guess that's good! As I was making these the marks reminded me of woodcuts I made over 20 years ago...I also thought of the work of Susan Rothenberg, Kiki Smith, Louise Bourgeois...artists I was happy to think about again. Who knows what will come out of this--perhaps only these simple paintings & nothing more? It's nice to exercise my creative muscles without worrying about something becoming a commodity.
Many thanks to @ellaborealis for inviting me to this class. ❤️