2023 has been and is a stressful year for me. Major life changes have depleted my energy and have been a distraction and deterrent to the all-consuming process of making art.
Zeal, initiative and even confidence all came to a grinding halt. But a tiny spark remained– and surprisingly grew when I began a daily practice of making small collages in a 5×8 hard-bound calendar.
In the beginning, I limited myself to 15 minutes. These quick stress-free collages satisfied my longing to be creative in ANY way and were less intimidating than staring at a large blank sheet of drawing paper.
As the days passed I began spending more than 15 minutes– sometimes it felt like time stood still as I cut, composed, and pasted. The spark slowly fanned into flame.
The year isn’t over, but this quotidian activity has been energizing and sustaining. As life settles down, I am once again reminded that I have to create. It is a compulsion.
Brenda Howell, Sample pages from Voracious Coping
Work in Matter and Energy
Brenda Howell, Voracious Coping, Hard bound calendar, collage, found objects, wire, rust, NFS