The secret gallery’s blog

Maybe the first secret gallery in Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland

All Returns Together ART

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It’s a new year and I am full of new energy and intentions for writing my blog. After such a long pause that I am having quite some trouble with remembering how do do it. I have been writing in my new sketch book and thought I would start by sharing my first page with you. They are called daily artists statements and inspired by the I Ching and perhaps there will be 64 different statements by the end of the year.

1. All Returns Together

I like art making for many reasons, for one, it has no definite starting point, like writing does. I even write on my art in random places. You don’t start at one corner of the work and work your way the the opposite corner, neither physically or conceptually.

A million things can effect the work to greater or lesser extents. The artist is a filter of ideas. Raw ideas come along during the day and night, they collide and merge with older ideas, they settle and work away like a slow cooker while the artist gets on with what ever the artist has to get on with. When the time comes to make something resembling art, the artist trusts their own inner process and works without trying to recall the ideas. Over time the ideas develop and become so much part of the artist that there is no need to think about them during the process of art making. It is more a case of feeling and listening.

Changing Lines

Listening to the weather and sounds of nature

All of a sudden hailstones!

Staring at my work in the studio,

Thoughtless and silent and still

Even my wellington boots have stopped keeping out the cold,

I think its time to move!

Written by Marianne Slevin

9 January, 2016 at 12:54 pm

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  1. Hi Marianne, nice blog. I remember you from Creative Clare meetings.
    I agree with your idea of the artist being a filter of ideas. Maybe not just a filter because in the end you get all sorts of new combinations of these ideas. And then you internalise it, yes.
    Regards, Bridget


    3 May, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    • Hi Bridget,Thank you so much for your comment and reading the blog. Yes you’re right we do internalise these ideas and combinations not just filter them. I hope to get a bit more involved with Creative Clare so I might see you there again some time. You are very welcome to visit the Secret Gallery for a look at the artwork and a cup of tea or coffee.
      Regards Marianne

      Marianne Slevin

      3 May, 2016 at 5:03 pm

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