Inspired by Seurat's story of the process of creating art in Sunday in the Park with George, we've been talking with some local artists about what they believe is the art of making art.
How would your describe your work?
I create abstract paintings that are based on my experiences in nature. I work in many layers, allowing the under-painting to shine through. I am interested in capturing light and reflection, and a sense that our experiences in the world are not easy to capture. For me, painting is an intuitive process of creating space, a layering of experiences that evokes both unexpected complexity and the bareness of the moment.
What is one work of art that has changed you or the way you approach your work?
When I was teenager, I saw a show of Terry Winters' large scale paintings in Los Angeles. I was captivated by their rawness, and realized that painting doesn't have to be beautiful to capture beauty.
How do you define what it means to be an artist?
We're all artists in some way - it's the ability to be creative and see things differently.
What do you find to be most difficult about being an artist?
I go through cycles of inspiration and flow in the work - it feels terrible to get stuck and not be able to do much about it. Generally it just takes getting my hands dirty and pushing around some more paint to get my gears going again. When I need inspiration I head outside with my camera, seeking out interesting light patterns and the elegant shapes of nature.
What is the most joyous part of your process?
Getting immersed in the materials, and getting out of my own way.
What's one thing you wish people knew about the process of making art?
That it requires patience and sometimes very hard work and physical labor.
What's one quality you judge essential to the making of art?
Not sure about this one! It's in all of us.
Learn more about Elise's work at www.elisemorris.net
Visit our pop-up gallery on performance evenings to see the work of our featured artists. Gallery opens at 6 pm and is free.