From the National Encaustic Conference, a list of questions asked by Kay WalkingStick in her workshop (as reported by Linda Womack). These are wonderful questions; questions that I wish that someone had asked me 20 years ago – and then asked them again annually. These are questions that cut to the heart of making art and why we do it.
- Do you spend at least a couple of hours in the studio every day? (about half of the people in the room were able to say yes, but Kay said that was better than she thought it would be.)
- What is your goal for your art career? (Have your work shown in a museum, pay your bills and feed your family or somewhere in between — it’s all valid)
- What are you looking for when you go to look at art? Does your work fulfill that need?
- Who is your favorite artist and what do you expect their art to do for you?
- What subject do you want to investigate?
- How to do conceptualize your work? How do you begin (through color, image, idea)?
- How are your pieces related to one another, if at all?
- What symbolism are you trying to convey?
- Who is your audience? What do you want your audience to see?
In reading Kay WalkingStick’s own artist statement, she reflects a little on these questions herself:
“I initially painted landscape in the mid 1980s. My question then was, what does landscape visually imply? What does the earth convey to us metaphorically, and how can I use this visual trope to express my personal take on our late 20th c. experience? I continue to explore these questions but their meanings have seemed to change as I change.”