By Sue Fox
Times are tough. Everything seems difficult and downright frustrating…politics, the environment, social media, traffic. The constant push to go faster, smarter, and more efficient is taking me to a tipping point. I make art to escape the hard, to embrace a moment with the simplicity and complexity of color, and to understand that this everyday contrivance is powerful; both loud and quiet; expansive and contracting.
This is enough, enough for now.
My works are created in a meditative state and the finished products are relics, byproducts of this reflection. The imagery stands second to the process. During art making I focus on the present moment; I try not to anticipate or plan my piece whatsoever. I slowly choose each snip of paper one by one, shaping them to fit like a puzzle. I let the color samples at hand dictate color and movement changes, and I let them decide how to revel in their own color and light.
This ritual, this process soothes me. It may not save my soul, but it may save a moment.
Sue Fox is a mixed media artist from Chicago living in Chattanooga.