Here I am in action putting up my work at the Flagship Gallery. It is really nice to see a years worth of creating culminate in one exhibition. Most of this work has been squeezed in between my many life obligations (and joys) such as teaching at the college level, family, roller derby, etc. It is a tricky balance, but creating art is always like that. It feels good to know that through all of this I still stayed true to what I really want to make. No matter what the public says or thinks about this work, I feel that this work is truly in line with what I have to offer as an artist. I wouldn’t have said this ten years ago, but that was before graduate school at Goddard College opened me up. It opened me up to the fact that creating art does not have to live in the traditional sense of drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture as many universities, museums, and galleries still practice. In fact the art world is exploding with incredible possibilities in not just materials but also ideas. It is an exciting time to be an artist.
In this work however, I started with a drawing practice for understanding. But let me show you some of the work first….
Mixed Media Artwork by Tina Hirsig
This series of artwork developed over the last year through the simple act of weeding my garden. Noticing the intricate yet persistently strong root systems, I began drawing them as a way of understanding the structures more closely. The patterns I was drawing in the roots became a pattern I was seeing everywhere in cracks in the sidewalk, lightening during a summer storm, groves in the sand as the tide went out, maps, clouds, rivers, etc. Pairing this drawing experience in my studio with a study of the inspiring Japanese worldview Wabi Sabi, I began to have an understanding of the common threads that have woven my artwork together through the past ten years. The impermanence and imperfection of the objects I incorporate in my work reflect the Wabi Sabi view of expressing the beauty that lies in the brief transition between the coming and going of life; both the melancholy and joy.
I have been a collector of discarded objects for a number of years now. Having antique dealer parents I have seen a lot of repurposed and reclaimed items. Collecting is a process of happenstance. The seeking and finding is improvisation at it’s best. Some of my favorites from my foraging adventures have been vintage photographs sold for a penny at a garage sale, weathered stones washed up from the ocean, abstractly shaped rusted metal found on a busy street, books on how to teach from the early 1900’s, hand-written notes tucked in a book sold for 50 cents at a college book sale, abandoned nests in the trees of my yard, old keys piled in a box at the flea market, and feathers collected by my son. Each object has it’s own story to tell. Once discarded, now cherished.
The found objects serve as direct physical connections to the subject matter I study in my work. Arranging and layering these ephemeral items together with drawings and prints, acknowledges the beautiful impermanence of our lives.
Did you notice that I used PINK in that card? Yep, I have gone over to the girlie side. Well, a little bit. The artist reception is December 6th from 5:30-8:00pm where we will have refreshments, drinks, and a good time. I will update information and post more pictures of the work as that date approaches. Find more information about the Flagship Gallery HERE.