2019 was the first year I participated in Art That Blows, which was an interesting process for two reasons.
- I came in late, with only a month to produce all three of these paintings.
- I generally only work from inspiration. It was challenging to choose objects, then manufacture an idea to express with them (it’s usually the other way around). I chose xylophone keys, clarinet screws, flute keys, trombone slides, and a few other items that didn’t end up being used.
I began this series by thinking about what it is that Band of Angels actually does, on an interpersonal level. What’s the long term, emotional impact of giving kids instruments or sending them to band camp? At minimum, it’s teaching them a new skill–the ability to play an instrument. Learning that skill requires practicing, which is an engrossing task. It’s hard to think about issues at home or in school when you’re running through scales or trying to play something by ear. It’s empowering to see progress, to watch a new skill develop, especially when you’re watching that unfold with other kids in a band context.
Band of Angels helps kids transcend their circumstances and provides community with a positive trajectory. The resulting confidence and new identity as a musician creates opportunity for growth and transformation.
That thought is where the series began: the first painting is Transcend – rising above present circumstances. The second is Trajectory –community, cross-pollination and forward movement. The third is Transformation – the process of dynamic continual growth.
For progress shots, specs and a more detailed essay on each piece, see the individual post for that painting.