Who knows, eh!? We have all learned that we need to be able to adjust and be flexible, over the past few years, and we continue to need those skills to deal with change, uncertainty, and what life/the world throws at us eh!
I do have a plan, however, and it is well on its way. The year 2022 I have dedicated to professional/artistic development. Only one solo exhibition is planned for October 2022 in Sydney (I am very excited to tell you more about this later on). Until then, I am head down in creative experimentation and research, developing my work.
This is not new for me of course. As you know, I have a range of approaches to my work in the form of painting, printmaking, assemblage, and mixed media. It has always been important for me to continue to explore, learn and develop my art and I felt it was time, once again, to dig deeper. So this year I have dedicated my time to do just that.
A little snippet of a few things have been exploring…..
Where it will lead to I don’t know, that is part of the excitement that comes with the territory. It is of course, as any kind of change, also sometimes bringing up anxiety, fear, loss and uncertainty. But hey, that’s never stopped me before, and it certainly won’t this time around either. I am going to push boundaries, work in new mediums, explore other ways of visual expression and see where it all takes me and my art.
I might find new visual languages, themes and mediums. I might like them, I might not. You (my buyers, collectors, followers) might love them, might hate them or just not care about my new work at all, only time will tell.
But no matter what happens, whether changes are major or just minor, I feel strongly about allowing the process to happen – for both myself and my practice, and for you. There is so much more to being an artist for me than to ‘pump’ out artworks for commercial success. It’s bigger than that and I want to go deeper. I want to continue developing and see what happens – I am curious and I have more to say. Even though I have had a committed art practice for many years, there is still so much more to come. Perhaps I have only just touched the surface, who knows!
So, we will see what happens over the next year(s). I have no idea where it will all take me and my art. What I do know is, that my dedication and commitment to my practice is strong and alive – and I hope you will continue to keep me company on the ride.
Gitte, March 2022
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