This piece "What Happens Now?" was made for a local art show and sale. It was my very first art show and I had many doubts about how the work would be received. The process that I conducted was experimental and new. When I started weaving in a traditional way with the branches I soon found out that was not going to work. This piece was hard in many ways, but the hardest was allowing the work to teach me about form, narrative, and journey. Traditional concepts of weaving that were taught to me had to now be taken with a grain of salt and willingness to simply discover the form
Another way this piece pushed me was the title. I am always so bad at giving things titles, but it deserved something more than a label simply saying Untitled. You see this piece was made for World Aids day and I was wanting to let the piece start a dialogue so that, if I am not present, the piece could start the conversation. This idea of using a question for a title is something I will consider using in the future. The average person will look at a piece in an art show for 15-30 seconds. Having that in mind is how the title came to be.
Overall, the piece was a success. The information I received through the branches, ceramic, and reed was incredible. When mixing multiple mediums together is something quite special. It's like seeing a dance among two unlikely people who (despite appearances) can create a marvelous sway. That's one of the many joys of working in art in this way.