Jennifer Gillia Cutshall
ARTIST-A-DAY BLOG: Inside A Generous Kingdom V...Being Transported by artist, Marcy Criner
"Transformation informs everything I do."
How does your work interact with the theme of “A Generous Kingdom V: Art that Explores Story, Symbolism, and Beyond”?
Before I create any artwork, the first thing I think about is: What is the story? Even the title, A Generous Kingdom, brings up all sorts of ideas about the concept of generosity and how that plays out in a generous kingdom. I felt that Frozen In Time interacted with the theme in a beautiful way. I loved the idea of a horse at night being captured in a flash of light with him holding a handless pocket watch. The generosity of the ebb and flow of time and capturing a quick moment in time, seemed like the many hours that I have experienced just hanging out with herds of horses.
Does the idea of transformation
influence your work and process?
Transformation informs everything I do. Starting with a blank page or empty screen feels exciting as I can’t wait to fill it with color, light, and an interesting composition. Getting my ideas to actually look like what I envision is the toughest part of the transformation. Often when things aren’t working out, I
start over or leave and come back fresh the next day. This tends to be when my best work comes out.
What draws you to the medium you chose? And tell us a little about your process (I don’t believe in giving it all away).
Photography calls to me and says, “Let’s explore”. I love to grab a journal and sketch out my ideas. Then the difficult part comes into play. I need to find the items and photograph them. I put the pieces together in Photoshop.