I think the idea that resonated most this week was the idea of humility from the talk we watched by The Jealous Curator. It's easy to be intimidated by materials and mediums that aren't familiar and even more intimidating when I begin researching ideas and see very talented people working with the mediums and materials I'm just beginning to work with. It's hard not to feel a sense of inferiority especially when comparing oneself to established artists that have mastered the craft. With that being said, her talk was inspirational because it provided her #realtalk on how to get out of these bogged down mindsets and to remember you're not alone in sometimes feeling insecure about art.
Right now I am struggling with my idea for my first installation project. 100 kisses is an idea I felt very strongly about in cncept but when going to execute it I've hit many road blocks. Firstly, I have come to realize how few 100 kisses actually look when applied to a massive wall space. Secondly, it has been difficult to visualize a good aesthetic that pairs with my concept and what I want to say about the objects themselves. What I initially wanted to express through installation was an intimate look at "the kiss" repeated 100 times over, giving the viewer a chance to really see details of the pouting picket up close and personal. Another concept I wanted to work with was the idea of "lip envy," the wretched sin of being utterly jealous of other people's lips. I wanted to somehow imitate the perfect kiss 100 times as to allude to the obsession some people have with lips that aren't theirs. What I came to realize when going about practicing installing these ideas is that they looked way better on paper then they did in real life. I was never able to marry either concept with a successful aesthetic and that was very discouraging.
I have now switched gears and begun working with kisses but focusing on what makes the kind of kiss every person visualizes — lipstick & lipgloss. I want to explore in a controlled manner how long lipsticks and lipglosses last... In hopes to give a nod to the feminine aesthetic while also creating a gradient that can be understood in a variety of ways.
The hope is to somehow acquire (via donation and purchases) 100 lipglosses/lipsticks to make a bigger visial impact than 100 kisses.