I’ve finally gotten around to editing some of the documentation images of work I made and documented during my time at the Gushul last month. Here are some images of some of the journal panels I did. More images in my portfolio.
I have more work that I finished at the Gushul, more photos to come.
Journal Panels Statement
I’ve been keeping written and visual journals since Mrs. Henley set us the assignment in her grade two class in 1992. I don’t know if she realized the impact this would have on my life. I was eight.
My journals have been my constant companion in my life, confidant through it all. I could chart out my life by them, an archive of my triumphs, hopes and dreams, and lessons learned.
My journal process involves a lot of collage, collecting of images, text, random bits, song lyrics, and personal memories. I don’t plan the images out before they happen. Working on multiple panels or pages at a time, I choose things impulsively, instinctively, without thinking too much about it. I choose whatever resonates with me at the time for whatever reason, sometimes coordinating by color or theme. Often things that seem completely random gather themselves together to form a color scheme or theme that I might not have come up with on my own. I paint, collage, stamp with my hand carved linoleum stamps, write and doodle all over them, suspending conscious thought, in an attempt to allow something of my subconscious to shine through. In a sense, this is my own personal kind of meditation, a compulsion that allows me to relax and process things in my own way.
The work in this series is an attempt to share my journals and the process with a wider audience. They are at once public and personal, although hopefully not too cryptic. This particular set acts as a series of pep talks to myself, things I’d like to remember to do, to live my life to the fullest and not worry too much. I hope that others might find something useful in them as well.
See more here.