ARTIST'S STATEMENT : AUSTEN PINKERTON
I have never had any problem with finding ideas for works of art.
If I turn my mind to it very quickly I can come up with several ideas for
works …paintings, drawings, or sculptures. Sometimes ideas come to me when I least expect it, or when my mind is on other things.
A lot of my work is autobiographical…either directly or indirectly, consciously or subconsciously. It is frequently very personal, and expresses events or circumstances or experiences in my life.
I am completely happy working in either Acrylic ... Read More
on canvas, Crayon or Pastel or both together with Gouache on card, Drawing in pencil, or Ink, or both, or with creating Sculpure…for which I use fired artists clay. Incidentally, obviously Sculpture follows a completely different set of values from two-dimensional art, and I take this into account when creating mine. In all my works of art, however, or from whatever, they are made, what they crucially entail, to me, are craftsmanship, beauty, and content, or meaning.
When I have an idea I execute it, and when I begin to execute it, at least after
the initial ‘sketch’ phase, the action becomes automatic. I give very little conscious thought to what I am doing other than a superficial awareness. Therefore I cannot explain the process of how I go about creating any of my works of art, or why one does certain things.
As a result it often happens that when I look at a work I’ve created, maybe after several years, that I will be surprised at how it has worked out, at why I did certain things, and especially what the work is ‘about’…i.e.; it’s underlying meaning. Often I see the meaning more clearly after coming back to a work after many years.
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