Friday, March 26, 2010

SAQA/SDA Reinvention Conference

For those of you who did not attend the conference, I've asked a couple of attendees to share with you their outlook on what they learned -

It was bordering on trans formative for me on several levels -- the re-invention theme that permeated the presentations then allowed me to "see" a Mali cloth collection and some Paul Klee pieces in two museum exhibits with a vision that then translated into novel ways I will approach my own work. This has never happened to me before. The experience was so intense that I found it hard to get to sleep, as my brain was just so chock full of ideas! The tours of the artists' studios were also stimulating, as we were allowed to not only see their wonderful art, but to feel the environment that they have created -- an environment that, in turn, fosters their creativity. The entire conference experience was rich beyond description and I recommend it to everyone, especially those who are dedicated homebodies like me. It's good for you. -- Pamela Price Klebaum

Speaking of works in progress....aren't we all??? I'm still ruminating on what I heard and saw at the SAQA conference. I was introduced to Diane Savona's work (unfortunately, not in person) and was incredibly moved. Words like "reconsider, investigation, tangible history" were spoken about her work by Marci McDade, editor of Fiber Arts magazine. Everyday items reinterpreted in an earth-shattering way. I was stirred by thoughts on art like: concept, intention, emotional logic, meaning, inspiration. what informs your art? Look back and look forward, and make a reference to the past in your art. The art has should be about something and that something will project to the viewer. Art is communication. Art as a way to activism. Mung Lar Lam's work was delicate and her words were gentle and meaningful, yet powerful. I want to be Lea Redmond when I grow up, except she's only 29. I felt as though I understood Consuelo Jimenez Underwood amazing work, as I live on the Mexican border and have studied Mexican folk art on my trips to that country. These topics spoke to me. I feel I began this type of work with my piece Ralph's Letters (and now of course, realize I should have given it a 'deeper' title!) And my slow cloth, especially the piece "Above the Bog" are works that have a deeper meaning and works that I'm proud of and know they are distinctly original to me. Of course, I do and will continue to do mindless, pretty stuff, but I also want to work deeper in selected pieces of my work. -- Jane LaFazio

Also, there is a great write up on Astrid Bennett's blog
and pictures on the SAQA website
of the conference/exhibitions/studio tours

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