From nothing

… to something?

Making tiny artist books – playing with personal motifs

This is the question I’m asking myself:

How can I develop and extend the range of marks, shapes, symbols and patterns that are mine – or even: which are my motifs? what is making my art mine?

Part of having a ‘style’ as an artist is having an ‘alphabet’ or ‘lexicon’ of shapes, lines, marks and symbols which appear often in our work. I call these marks and symbols for ‘motifs’, constellations which seem almost to have a precognitive quality. As we develop as artists, our motifs will keep changing and evolving.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Rio says:

    I think it is best not to make the question one you query with words.

    1. Sigrun says:

      I have found that reflecting, with words, actually can deepen my attention … and understanding ☺️ But I am thinking here of a rather loose approach, assosiative.

  2. bluebrightly says:

    That makes sense to me but I would be careful not to overthink it. I also think that if you look back on past work, even from childhood if you have any of that, you’ll find marks that have been inside you for a long time. From what I’ve seen here you definitely have your own style (but don’t ask me to define it!). I like this book and the accordion folder from before. I can’t help seeing landscapes in the book. The video is a really nice way to present the book – for me, you filmed it at just the right pace – not too slow, not too fast. And your hands! Nice marks there, too. 🙂

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you!
      I think a kind of “stream of consciousness” approach could be interesting, that is a verbal comment which is not intended to analyze the visual expression, but rather use the image as a starting point for multitudinous thoughts and feelings …

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