I have written before on the various stages of my project. They are; anticipation, planning, uniformed optimism, the thrill of partial completion, the realization that all that stands between you and completion are hard work and details and finally grinding out those nasty details and finally, sadness the project is over. The temptation for all is remaining in the “thrill of partial completion” stage because it is so comfortable. We talk about the progress we made, how well we’re doing and yet, we have really nothing to show for the work we’ve done so far. We have a lot of half-finished work that is “not quite ready” to show. Sometimes the reason we don’t want to go on is because we fear something new between us and completion. Sometimes it’s just that we don’t want to face down the “hard work and details” part of the project.
On my current project, one of the feared problems was flush mounting my prints on self-adhesive foam board. I put that task off for quite a while and then buckled down to get it done. It was a case of the fear being much, much greater than the actual task at hand.
I found that to be a pretty consistent thread throughout this project; the expected difficulties are not overly difficult to overcome. With even a minimal amount of preparation and study, I have learned several new skills preparing artwork for this exhibit. It’s just a question of knowing that you have to leave that comfortable world of partial completion and face down the hard work that makes it difficult to leave the comfort of partial completion.
This photograph is from my upcoming exhibition, "After the Memories" soon to be hung in the Page Walker Arts and History Center in Cary, North Carolina. I wanted to show the changes in our town and I was able to do that by combining historical images from the Town archive with images made today. For the next few weeks I will be blogging on how this exhibit came together.