It’s December 6th, my last week at I-Park. I am now working longer hours in the studio with hopes of completing my sculptures and paintings. I wish the residency was a month longer.
I have almost finished five works on paper, a straw sculpture, and am working on a plaster and blown egg project. There were other things, but these are the ones that grew legs and I am now running with them. Right now the plaster with eggs sculpture looks like and feels like a big ugly turd-which is not intended-and I am disgruntled by it. I don’t like the visible hand with the plaster-I want it smooth-a polished turd, so to speak-with polished bumps. This has led me to cast the plaster in ziplock bags and push the blown eggs into the bag, the heads of the eggs peeping out, and this is working more for me than the turd. I am making a lot of the ziplock egg sculpture components. They may unite to create a larger piece, or remain separate units-we’ll see!
Annie Varnot at the artist residency, I-Park, in East Haddam, CT.
I have a lot of studio ideas, some conflicting, and I feel like I am all over the place. Somehow I wish there were less ideas, but as time continues here I imagine some of the ideas will have legs and the others will not. I recall an old professor of mine saying it’s wise to have two different processes going in the studio that are very different, so that no matter your mood or disposition that day, there will be something that you desire to work on, so this is what I am aiming for in the studio-two different processes – one quiet – meditative – and another process that is more active.
I have some paintings started, and beginnings of a sculpture. I have been trying to use a dremmel tool to carve into these 1000 eggs I have hollowed, but I keep breaking the eggs…wrong bits I think for this task. I am frustrated and feel like giving up that project…for now.