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On making art

 

Pressing Blackness

 

Burnished Calm

 

Sea Walls

 

Looming Surge

 

Out To Sea

 

Rising Tide

 

“At The Edge [2013] After the birth of my two children, I felt a severe loss of freedom. I previously spent days alone in the back country, summitted high peaks, and sailed across oceans. The messy responsibility of caring for two vulnerable babes left me yearning for transcendence. I have always felt I should have been an explorer and can relate to their adventurous spirit. My cinematic diptychs of the ocean express the liberation I yearn for as expressed by the ocean under different conditions while at the same time they capture my fluctuating emotions as a mother.  I created these just yards off the beach near my home while my young children swam at arm’s length just out of frame.”

For the last couple of years, I have been pulled in many directions: pursuing commercial work, raising my children, and pursuing a lifelong dream of owning a sailboat. It has been difficult to find the time and emotional energy to focus on a creating an intentional body of photographic work. However, looking back, I realize how important this time was to evolve my ongoing ideas and gain a better understanding of why I make the work I do. I discovered that even though it didn’t feel like I was doing the work, I really was. I found that I was journaling and creating daily sketches that were more significant than I gave them credit for. I began digging deeper into important underlying ideas as an artist by solving personal problems.

I have been sharing new images from my At The Edge series on Instagram. I am so much clearer about why I created the series in the first place. I have been making images for this series since 2013 and the inspiration for it started in 2008. It always amazes me how long it takes for a body of work to take shape for me. I feel all of my work needs this time to develop and I couldn’t imagine it happening any quicker. I have also, after working with a coach, realized that integrity is a key part of my life as an artist. Everything I create must come from a place of honesty, authenticity, and sincerity.

I now realize I need to go back and forth between image making, sharing with others and writing to get an idea of what is going on in my subconscious. My At The Edge series appeared at first about missing time on the ocean in a sailboat. However, what I have come to understand is that I was really missing my freedom as an artist and an adventurer after becoming a mom. Because I was an artist first, I have found it extremely difficult to listen to my heart with the noise of my children in the background. When I took my camera into the ocean, I was able to regain my focus on my art and express exactly what I needed to share.

I would love to hear about how you have adjusted as an artist with children vying for your attention. Were you an artist first or a mother first? Please reach out!! I’d enjoy talking to you more about this process.

I was extremely honored when this body of work was recognized in 2017 by Photolucida’s Critical Mass Top 200. Two of the images above will be on exhibit at Open Casa at the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Garden this September. See more of this series on my other images for sale as fine art prints here.

I would love to hear about how you have adjusted as an artist with children vying for your attention. Were you an artist first or a mother first? Please reach out!! I’d enjoy talking to you more about this process.

kristianne

Lifestyle and fine art photographer specializing in kids, portraits, lifestyle, and travel for print and web.

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