Choosing a name for an exhibit of my artwork is a daunting task – finding a word, or series of words to represent, give meaning, and set the stage for the work. Words to give the viewer an idea of what the artist was thinking and what to look for as they view the collection of pieces displayed. So in a way, the words chosen also help to shape the art as well. Oh, the pressure!
I’ve been gathering my thoughts in journals, running possibilities through my head while painting and searching terms on the internet and the thesaurus. I found this quote…
“The beginning is the most important part” – Plato
…which really resonated with me. These last year has been a difficult one, for many reasons that I’m not going to get in to. The important thing is that over that last several months, I’ve been emerging out of the funk and this past month I feel like I’ve begun to grow my wings.
I choose the word beginning and the quote from Plato as my jumping off point. Beginning. A word with the promise of anything and everything. I like to think of it as a chance to do better, be better. It can also be the start of something new, something amazing, like a new adventure or a new job.
I guess it’s also a word with no expectations and no judgements, I like that. A chance to start fresh and leave any baggage behind.