Anhedonia, 2014. Acrylic and collage on MDF, 11” x 6”.
Anhedonia, (study), 2014. Ink on paper, 3” x 6”.
Anhedonia […] is defined as the inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable, e.g. exercise, hobbies, music, sexual activities or social interactions […] Anhedonia can be a characteristic of mental disorders including mood disorders, schizoaffective disorder, schizoid personality disorder and schizophrenia. For example, people affected with schizophrenia often describe themselves as feeling emotionally empty.
I don’t post preliminary work much, but I’m including my scribbly sketch here because drawings tend to have more immediacy than finished paintings, and I think that often holds some psychological revelation.
What I’m Working On, September 2013:
1: Doing my best to remind myself to draw from life whenever possible. Sometimes I catch myself Google image searching for something like a tree before I stop and think “hey, I could just walk outside and draw a tree.”
2: I have two gallery shows next month, so I’m getting things framed and making some new work. Here’s a sneak peek of one with a kitty cat.
3: In less than two weeks I will be in New York City! I have at least one meeting with an art director and I’m staying at an artist community in Brooklyn. It’s time to get excited.
I should probably frame that picture of my head hovering over the East River.
Red Plum Blossoms, 2013. Ink and digital color.
To research for Theme Eleven I got a book on Japanese folktales from my local library. The story that really captured me is called Red Plum Blossoms, and it’s about a young girl who loves her plum tree so much she dies of grief when the tree withers. Later, she comes back as a snake, and her father has a vision of her floating away on a cloud, skin transformed into gold.
The only time I’ve spent in Japan is about four hours during layovers in an international flight and vicariously through this artwork. Draw stuff, see the world.
Storm, for Illustration Friday. Ink on paper, 3x3”.