It’s been quiet here on the blog this year because several things have been happening to keep me busy with mosaic work and leave little energy for much else. But that’s a good thing, it always was my hope to one day be this busy with work that needed to be done rather than just done for my own self.
The first of these great things that have kept me so busy was getting accepted to dual show in a gallery with another artist. It was really an honor to be chosen and the jury paired me with another local artist who is a painter. She had created a series of paintings that had a “mosaic” type feel to them. We were a great pairing together even though in different mediums our pieces were complementary to each other.
We decided to name our show Duplexity. While the look of our respective collections went together, our themes or inspiration behind the works were quite different. We decided to pick a name based on the idea of two of us rather than try to merge very different inspiration points together. Hunting for a fun, memorable word took some work, but alas Duplexity was found and it was perfect as it had a meaning of double or twofold.
The gallery where we were shown was in the offices of the AOE Arts Council (soon to be renamed the Ottawa Arts Network). This organization is amazing, their entire aim is to be of service to the Ottawa arts community and to support the growth of emerging artists especially. They were absolutely great and so welcoming to both of us and our show,.
This show was a huge deal for me as I needed to produce enough work to fill half of a fairly large space. In the end I created 10 new pieces for the show as well as bringing in 4 previous works. It was a huge undertaking as mosaics can be (for me sometimes) a slower process. Also if you mess up there is no easy undoing what you’ve done, you can’t simply paint over a mistake and start over. Once those bits are set in cement it is set!
It was also a huge deal as it was the first time I was learning about what else you need to put together for a show. I learned so much about creating all the documents necessary for the show, promoting, coordinating it all, putting together things to make for a fun Meet the Artist afternoon event and more. As a great bonus, I even sold some work which was really the icing on the cake!
All in all, it was a great first experience putting together a larger exhibition that will serve me well in the future. Especially given that I am now hard at work for my first solo (!!!) show in a gallery later this year… 🙂