The process art movement began in the U.S. and Europe in the mid 1960s. It has roots in performance art and Dadaism. The emphasis of the artist, in contrast to that of product-focused artists, regards the processes involved in creating art and any actions used to make the work of art. Often in process art, the ephemeral nature and insubstantiality of materials are showcased and highlighted.
Exploring the creative process in art highlights the idea that nothing is ‘finished’ and nothing ‘begins’. Life is a continuum. History is a continuum. Consciousness is always evolving. Cyclically, individual growth retraces, reworks, and resurfaces with new awareness. You are ‘in process’. ‘Relax, enjoy the journey, and move forward’ is a preferred motto for today’s lifestyle. Series pieces, the ability to view art retrospectively, and the interest in how a work is achieved offers transparency to this concept.
The following portrays the ‘process’ of the CMale image on the Crucian Contemporary poster. From a simple line drawing, to exploration of color ways, to the final painting. I arranged the original image into a repeat pattern using tracing paper, played with watercolor and color pencil color variations, reworked it through computer graphics, and had it printed out on polished cotton as dining room curtains for Adrianne and Michael Brooks’ home in St. Croix, USVI. The design was then reworked again on the computer and printed on canvas. The final over painting in acrylic and stitching with metallic thread causes “Integrity” to glisten and dance with the rhythm of the original drawing playing in pink and green through the recesses of the over painted landscape.
The third image “Ah a We Ah One” was over painted on CMale CAD fabric originally designed from the beautiful kitchen tiles at Connie and Jim Arena’s home, St. Croix, USVI. The top half of the picture was designed and printed on Hercules fabric sized to fit the Arena’s refrigerator /freezer doors. It was then sized down and printed on a polished cotton for the kitchen love seat. The bottom portion of this picture shows a detail of “Ah A We Are One” a painting ‘on top of’ the Arena tile composition. This same fabric can be seen on the ZemiZen yoga body warmer..
Dear Mrs. Male,
Hi! How are you doing? This is Luther D. Shell. The gentleman that you had the pleasure of meeting with all of the questions about your work. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing your work and the success that you have had adapting your aesthetic and incorporating this with your beliefs into new mediums. I know you stated that you also “dabbled” in interior design. I still wonder what your work would be like if it were depicted on bedroom linen, wallpaper, etc.,…just some ideas to consider. It seems as though you have a vision, that has seen fruition. I’d like to congratulate you on your accomplishments and wish you the best on your strife to achieve more.
Also, the pattern that were developed on those tights you had in the corner of the room was very impressive.
Thank You, Happy Holidays,
Luther Dewayne Shell