It’s been a while since I’ve written, but only because I’ve had nothing to say. Three months ago I submitted one of my pieces to a local gallery (re-read my post entitled “The Show” to remind yourselves how my last attempt at that went) and now it’s finally on the walls.
When I made my first visit to see where the curators had placed my work, I had to walk through the entire building until I finally stumbled upon it in the far south-east corner of the second floor, inside the vestibule next to the women’s bathroom. What I felt when I finally saw it was not unlike the pang one gets when they’re the obligatory invite to a cousin’s wedding guaranteeing a seat at the table that’s wedged between the kitchen’s saloon doors and the fire exit.
That was two weeks ago. Today I returned to the gallery and took my time walking around. I made two observations that I had neglected to notice the first time I was there. First, most of the offices in this building (leased by companies not associated with the atrium’s gallery) are on the second floor. That means that almost everyone who works in the building will see my piece on their way to the loo. Secondly, I realized that if my work had been along the hall walls, it would have been easily passed over by those getting to where they need to go. Instead, my photograph is at the end of the hallway, perfectly framed by the surrounding walls leading to the washroom door.
See, Carla? Not so bad after all.
I’m pleased to finally be at a place where I don’t feel the need to hide what I do. I’m relieved, really, that it’s out there, and that others are able to see what I’ve done with my aunt’s kaleidoscopes. In the meantime, I continue to have some fun in Photoshop as I try to present the original image in original (read: new) ways. I’ve come up with some great first drafts, so to speak. I still don’t want to alter the image digitally, so I’ve been toying with putting my hands to work to sketch/colour/paint the image. I’m sure I’ll post some of my preliminary work eventually.
(“Celestial Cluster”, by Carla Groen. 32″x 32″. Kaleidoscope crafted by David Kalish.)