About a month ago, I was invited to take part in a new creative collaboration called We Are The Contributors. The goal of this venture is to establish a creative community built around inspiring monthly projects. Founded by Sandra Harris of Raincoast Creative Salon and Melanie Biehle of Inward Facing Girl, We Are The Contributors kicked off its first monthly project today.
I am excited to be part of this inaugural program. It was incredibly inspiring to meet this challenge head on and to see what the other artists contributed.
Project #1 was based around The 1913 Armory Show where modern art was first introduced to the US exactly 100 years ago in New York City. Three pieces were chosen from the original Armory Show. Contributing artists were asked to use one or all of these pieces as inspiration for a new project of their own. The three pieces we focused on were Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 by Marcel Duchamp, Madonna by Edvard Munch, and Woolworth Building No. 31 by John Marin.
I chose Madonna by Edvard Munch as my inspiration.
Here’s what I wrote for the WATC website to describe my contribution:
For this project I was most inspired by Edvard Munch’s “Madonna.” I love to paint women so I think this piece was a natural fit for me. I interpreted this painting in a very personal way. Rather than paint the woman as an object, I wanted to convey a sense of feminine power and self-awareness. I did not intend for this piece to be a self-portrait but I did find myself very personally connected to this woman, embodying her radiance. She embraces every facet of herself: mother, lover, and divine being. She is in tune with her spirituality and how that connects every part of who she is, the good and the bad. I used acrylic on canvas and the words in the background are all the ways she might describe herself: ambitious, determined, sexual, nurturing, insecure, etc. Her pose is inspired by Munch’s figure but in my version, she is meant to be deeply and completely loving and accepting of herself and radiating sacred feminine energy. This project helped me to examine my own creative vision and to push my personal boundaries.
This is my final piece.
I love being challenged as an artist and this project was definitely a challenge for me… in the best way. It’s always healthy to push yourself into new directions and I love the growth that comes from it. I’d like to thank Melanie and Sandra for inviting me to be part of such an inspirational community of creative minds. You two brilliant souls have inspired me with your vision and your fearless pursuit of artistic enlightenment.