There’s something about sitting in the studio before the doors open officially to the public for Open Studio. There’s a word in Portuguese: aconchego. It means cozy, embracing and just right. It feels very aconchego right now.
I look around and see a visual calendar of the last 6 months. Each painting has marked time through title and color. Like a metronome, there has been a steady rhythm to the work though it was unrecognizable at the time.
There is value to cleaning up the place, tossing paintings that were at the end of their shelf life and re-organizing work. Always editing. Weeding. Thinning. Lean existence. Abundance in the space.
This year I wanted to show only, well mostly, my new work Pillowtalk. I wanted to acknowledge the whole conversation and listen for its guidance into my next 6 months.
Imagine making squares for a quilt that stack up over time only to make sense when stitched together. That’s how hanging a show feels. You have to sit back, take it all in and let it wrap you up. Always in color.
Gillian St George June 9, 2018 at 8:50 am – Reply
Strong and exciting work Francesca. It was encouraging for me as an artist to hear you say that you edit, weed & thin as I do a lot of that! Your studio looks very inviting! Gillian Francesca June 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm – Reply Thank you Gillian! Do you find that you edit beyond your art and studio? Could it be a lifestyle? Xoxo Francesca