With this new year, I find myself taking stock of my work as an artist. 
This leads to introspection (and some dark corners!) and reflection.

I also am reading Alyson Standfield’s book I’d Rather be in the Studio in which she writes about having a signature style, something that sets you apart as an artist.  Good business advise no doubt.

This thought has been lurking in one of those dark corners… what does a Nanci Hersh look like?

A visit to my sidebar page Art: Working Through it All, one can see my different series of paintings, prints, encaustic and mixed media collage pieces and the context in which they were created.
One of my favorite shows last spring was a trip to MOMA where I saw the work of William Kentridge. Recently featured on Art21, we see him working in his studio, designing and collaborating with theatre, and how his political and social views come into play.

In another interview, William Kentridge spoke with Melissa Chiu of the Asia Society about “reduced to being an artist.” He said that when he first began, he wanted to be an artist but thought that you had to be an oil painter to be an artist. He wasn’t an oil painter, so he went to Paris to study theatre.
Within 3 weeks, he realized that he wasn’t an actor.
Kentridge then said that “… every clear decision I had made was wrong, and the only things that saved me were things I hadn’t decided, but which I discovered I was doing after the event”  (note: this is quoted or paraphrased as best as possible!)

Perhaps answers to questions about my own work lie may lie, not in clear decisions; the what or how but from the ongoing process of showing up in the studio, moving forward – even when I run the risk of not always seeing the clear path. The trust is in the doing.

Body as an Open Book, 2005
Digital print on handmade paper with collage
10″ x 22″

What are your thoughts on having a certain style, or is that irrelevant if you just keep working?

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