I just had a slightly bizarre thought this morning. As I struggle with this need to always push myself with my art to create something NEW and interesting and different… a need for each piece to be some new push of the envelope… But also recognizing that this approach can actually stagnate me, I realized that creating each piece is like creating a child or offspring: Each one is created in the same way. But each one is unique and different. And it’s almost like that is the secret. The development is what makes each one special. It wasn’t that it was created in some remarkable way, but the opposite. It was created just as the others were, but it found its own way and that is kind of awe inspiring. And makes me appreciate each one more. And gives me permission to simply go through my steps and allow what comes to emerge from the process. Instead of making it be about the exploration of process and making the process be unique and special…. Let the piece shine for it’s uniqueness in its development. I feel settled and ready to continue. I am wondering if this means that I have truly found my style… at least for now.
Melissa Perhamus is a visual artist who currently physically lives in PA, but mentally can be anywhere at any given moment.