As I prepared for a pilgrimage back to my early roots in North Carolina, I checked out my favorite galleries in the area to see who is showing their work. One of my favorites in Asheville is 16 Patton Fine Art Gallery. What does this have to do with voice? In reading artists statements of work that I am drawn to, I found an artists who describes what I am alluding to when it comes to emotions and connections. The artist is Mase Lucas and I have taken an excerpt from her artists statement to show what I am trying to describe.
"Notwithstanding an occasional portrayal of horses in
action, most of the paintings are quiet and reflective …
herbivores at peace … as they are here in my fields.
The thing about horses that makes them compelling
art subjects is the same thing that makes them
compelling to me in their own right. My heart melts
at their beauty and kindness and my adrenalin rises
at their power … a power so often restrained to
accommodate us humans."
When your subject matter can cause a welling up of these kinds of emotions then you know you have to share them in some artistic form; now you are beginning to speak in VOICE. Is communication through subject matter all there is to artistic voice? Not necessarily so, but you are coming closer to the meaning of your art and your voice. More to say about voice in the near future as I continue this series. How do you speak your artistic voice? Have you found it yet? Your comments are welcomed!