Monday, December 29, 2008
Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. - Stella Adler
Roy & I went to the Fritz Scholder exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian and I was just blown away! You can check out part of it at http://www.nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/scholder/works.html - but it really has to be seen in person. Fantastic. I probably wouldn't have seen it at all if my bff from grade school in Michigan, Jennifer Tozer, hadn't found me on Facebook (ok, so it isn't just a time sucker). She works there and invited us down and gave us the tour. God, you could just feel the intensity in the paint. Seeing his paintings totally opened me up to experimenting with color more boldly than I have been.
I really embody Stella Adler's quote. I feel like life has been trying to crush my soul, I have spent years sleepwalking and retreating inside myself until little of me showed through. But painting has reminded me of myself and is the best therapy there is.