Live the Dream

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Here are a few snapshots of some of the steps in creating the work for The Other Place We Live.  A show that is currently on display at the Satellite Gallery in Asheville.  It features my work along with the work of Dona Barnett, Hannah Dansie, and Nicole McConville.

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Most of my finished works were photos mounted to wood and layered with acrylic and encasutic wax.  I worked on this project slowly and steadily for the last two years and was so happy to see it come to fruition. At the opening on May 1st, it was so great to be surrounded and supported by so many wonderful people.  I can not express how great that felt.  I am so thankful for all the friends that came and participated in the show.

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The process of creating these images was so exciting.  Highlights including traveling to England and Scotland, shooting here in our lovely mountain landscape, working with other creative people, and exploring the worlds of dreams and archetypes. It felt so freeing to be able to dive deep into another side of myself.  The dreamer.  I feel like that part of my life is so vast and somewhat unexplored.  It felt a lot like “Unhindered” (the piece I’m working on in the photo below) to let these images out of my head an onto the paper, wood and wall.

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Of course the process was not all hearts and rainbows.  It took a lot of trail and error, a lot of ruined materials, a little toxic asphyxiation, and a lot of effort to keep this project in motion.

With each of the finished pieces I made, at some point I felt…this is awesome! @#$%@#$@ Wait… this is terrible, this is ruined!  and then (most of the time, but not always) back around to this is awesome!

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My point in sharing some of these low-res snap shots of my process with working on this body of work is simply this… If you have an idea and that idea excites you, keep doing it.  If you have a dream.  Live it.  Why not?

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image13    If you missed the opening to the show you can still go see it.  It is on display through May 31st at the Satellite Gallery .  I’d love to hear what you think.

René

ps.  I’m not a writer.  so forgive my 47 grammatical and spelling errors.

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