Each of these is a sketch, which means to me that I've used scratch paper and made the images rather quickly to get a visual of my idea.
I started working on Pride pieces months ago. Does that happen with you, too, starting something with enough time to hit a deadline, then missing the deadline anyway? I think what took time with these pieces was me not knowing where to start. I knew I wanted to avoid showing anything traumatic; I wanted to avoid being cliche, and I wanted to be respectful.
My first sketches were of faces, which I cut portions of the paper away. The holes, in my mind, are to create layers and symbolize the complexity of an individual. I distorted the faces, which is what I do when I draw faces. I find distorted faces more interesting. But I didn't finish the pieces.
Weeks past, and this bit of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself kept coming to mind during the weeks.
"Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)"
I'm leaving the faces aside for now. Instead, I turned to the flags-- Trans, Pride, American. I made each with water color in a simplistic design with no effort to make any of the flags realistic. The proportions aren't even correct, because I used 8.5" x 11" paper. On each flag I created a pattern, (or will create a pattern) several patterns. Patterns to me add complexity--multitudes, if you will--add movement and energy. Creating patterns also gives me an opportunity to spend more time with each piece.
The pieces are still WIP (works in progress), but I want to post this in June, and I might not finish before the end of June. Creating patterns by hand is slow work. (I'll write an entry about the slow work of creating at another time.) The next step, the part I'm not to yet, is to enmesh the flags.
But that's another post.