I’m having all kinds of thoughts about the pros + cons of creating a series now that "Southern Coast" is complete.
In the one sense, a series acts as a container, and even a goal. It’s a question I give myself that will be answered visually; a specific territory to explore. And I think having a container (whether it’s a series or otherwise) allows us to go deeper in a certain direction.
As for the goal aspect, there’s somewhat of a time window (in my case, one that it self-inflicted due to the time constraints of other projects) and I feel that I’m pushed by this goal to really produce— which is good! There’s a push; barriers to work through; timeliness to be met. And there’s growth there.
Now that it’s over, my creative spirit is craving to swing in the opposite direction: aimlessness, wandering, playing in the quiet space, trying on new things, experimentation. Which I love so much. I find that often my best work comes out of spaces like this, but might just show up in the form of one or two paintings at a time.
As I’m navigating my own rhythms I wonder: can pieces sometimes just stand alone, without being part of a series? Does it make sense to release those sporadically as they come? Or is it the “normal” protocol to release work in series?
I notice many of these questions translate to: how can my work best be received and understood?
It’s funny how in this art world we can think there is a right + a wrong way to do something. I know I find myself faced with this all the time.
I’m constantly trying to remind myself that there is no right, only what’s right for me. But even still— I’m curious about what other creatives do about this!
So, QUESTION FOR MY ARITST FRIENDS: How do you feel about releasing work in a series v. releasing them individually as they come? What do you do and what works for you?
In the moment photo captured by @adie_eh 💕