Process of Elimination

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I decided to take today off from teaching prep and spend more than the usual 1-2 hours in my studio. I have recently been on a schedule, where I wake up between 6:00 and 7:00 AM, so that I can meditate and then work on my art until about 8:00 or 9:00 AM. Then I continue on with my other daily tasks. These regular, daily chunks of time have been so helpful in terms of keeping my momentum up and my head in the game. I used to do 6-8 hours 1-2 times a week, but that method, for me, always felt jarring, and I procrastinated more than ever because such large chunks of time felt intimidating.

Today, however, I decided to putter around in my studio; I work a little, eat something, work some more, read something… It has been nice not having to sit and focus and squeeze as much as I can into 1-2 hours. That being said, balance between long, and short workdays are key.

So today, I have been making way in nearing the end of a series I am currently working on. Well, not necessarily the end of this series as a whole, but rather, nearing the end of this particular iteration of the series’ idea. I have been making small collages, currently under the working title, Between Contact. I have posted bits and pieces on my Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/jaleesa31/). I have a video of the process of taking away from one of my working images (which are currently sourced from black pornography and erotica). I was so amazed at what a difference reduction does to the legibility of an image. Simply taking parts away really changes the feel of the whole thing.

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I am now thinking about elimination, negative space, the edges of the page, the black body, blackness and erotica. These are all swimming around in my head as I decide which move to make next with this body of work. I’m not going to worry too much about making sense of it all just yet, as I have a lot more visual experimentation to do. I try to make sure that visual inquiry is the basis of my practice first, and then scholarly research follows. I don’t think that one is more important than the other per se; I just know that when I prefer to have space and time to dance between the call and response of my visual pondering before I can allow the words and ideas of others to guide me.

I am feeling very good about Between Contact and I look forward to seeing all that these creations want to reveal to me.

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