My mentoring week with Katherine Chang Liu also included “programs” that she developed for the group. For an hour each morning we viewed and discussed contemporary art. I found myself really enjoying the work of the surrealists, which was definitely not the case before. Perhaps what made me appreciate this art even more was the work another artist in the mentoring sessions—Judith Visker.
According to her bio, Judith had a career as a nurse before studying art. She painted in stylized representational style for a long time, but is now “more concerned with where the materials take me, with color relationships, formal design and surface quality.” She has exhibited in museum shows, galleries and exhibitions and has won awards. She is the Gallery Director at The Wham Art Center in Surprise, AZ where she has her studio, shows her work, and teaches classes. She graciously allowed me to share a few images. You can find more at her website: http://www.judithviskerart.com/
For about 3 years my husband and I enjoyed ballroom dancing and liked the time we spent learning together despite the fact that I had great difficulty following his lead. He is the better dancer, often having to count in my ear as we learned the tango (4 beats to a three beat count), the foxtrot (4 beats with a slide), or the waltz (3 beats with a rise and fall). As part of the basics of the waltz we learned the natural turn, the promenade, the twinkle, and the reverse turn.
Although the waltz has always been my favorite, I suspect I will always have trouble following. This piece is how the natural turn feels when the music takes possession and you are in the moment.
Novelist Julian Barnes’ view of memory is that “it is identity. When you forget your life, you cease to be, even before death.” Researchers now tell us we are constantly altering our memories each time we share them. If that is so, what does this say about our lives?
Do different memories really make us different people? Clearly, there are more questions than answers!
Decisions, whether big or small, are often influenced by input from the people in our lives—family, friends, neighbors, even ex-spouses. Some of that input is inadvertent and some is very pointed. Either way, taking personal responsibility for life’s decisions is sometimes unnerving.
The imagery and textures of this work depict the people in our lives and the passage of time, making the point that if there is not a compelling reason to make a decision, it might be sufficient to do nothing. What do you see here?
I started this one began in January on one of those mornings when decisions needed to be made. Will my heart follow my head, or my head follow my heart. One always seems to lag behind.
It is difficult to deal with conflicted feelings. When a decision does not turn out the way you had hoped, you blame yourself, as if you’ve made a major mistake. But the heart, it always keeps reaching. It wants to take the risk.
Why creativity and art are even more important as we age
Reason #2 It Keeps My Mind Engaged
We all know the “use it or loose it” theory and I’ve written quite a bit about how art is good for cognitive function. My simple explanation of scientific theory is that it helps keep those connections viable. So whether we play an instrument, paint, or write, we are exercising our brain.
To me it’s like working a puzzle. Admittedly, I don’t always work that fast, but like a lost word, I know the idea will eventually gel. I will know what colors to use, what textures, what markings, and how to put these elements all together for a painting. (To Be Continued)