There are different stages most artists go through. This is the one I am at right now and it’s pretty challenging. I won’t say the most challenging, but still it’s pretty difficult.
The reason it’s difficult isn’t so much that as an artist you are untalented or unoriginal, it’s the fact that you know you have something unique to offer, but you haven’t quite developed it yet.
I’ve been looking at the art of Willie Cole lately. Willie takes everyday objects and transforms them into sculpture and works based off of those objects attributes. I don’t know what inspired him to take an everyday household iron and elaborate in such a way as he has done, but it’s obvious that there is a voice at work in Cole’s work.
Willie Cole (American, born 1955) will have his first New York exhibition since 1994. Cole will exhibit recent sculptures which continue several of his intersets and themes. Some of these works are based on the form of an iron -- an image which he began investigating in 1989. Cole was first attracted to the iron for both its form and for its perceived embodiment of the spirit of the person who used the iron. The earliest versions, which he referred to as Household Gods and Domestic Demons, dealt with these ideas by utilizing found objects. More recently, Cole has been constructing enlarged versions (i.e. an iron 600 times actual size) made from diverse materials both found (banisters, pullies) and constructed or carved (two egg 'beaters' that resemble African sculpture and which were carved out of two large sections of porch post)
After viewing Cole’s work, it’s hard to look at a household iron the same way again.
Sometimes as an artist, you may already have a voice, but you are having trouble recognizing it for yourself too.
To find and recognize your own unique voice, lets ask these two questions.