Last week, I mentioned that I wanted to dig a little deeper into Agnes Martin. I began with the little sketch below and copied down some quotes of hers and about her. Then it felt like every where I looked, I found Agnes.
"...there's such solidarity in her presence. She's not wobbly. She occupies all the space given to her."
I was on Facebook and ran across this brain pickings post. Later I was on Pinterest I discovered that I had pinned her last drawing months ago not even knowing who Agnes Martin was, I just loved the drawing.
I read everything I could find. I loved this post, Agnes Martin on the importance of a proper studio environment and this one, Agnes Martin's homework. There's this great video where I got to hear her speak. I pretty well immersed myself in all things Agnes over the last week.
I've always felt that the maker was at odds with the minimalist within me. Agnes so beautifully makes sense of the two. Somehow studying her work led me to collage. (Well I've drawn her portrait 3 times so it was time for something else!)
I've really had fun creating these little mini compositions using my marbled papers. There's an artist on Instagram (Mark Jason Weston) that I follow who used to tag his work #threeeasypieces. And he does make it look SO easy. Yet I've tried to work like him and there is nothing easy about it. I tried to limit myself to just 3 pieces in each one of these little collages. It makes for a really fun constraint. My favorites are still the little torn landscapes at the top of this post. I'm wondering where those might take me over the next week or so.