One never reaches home, but wherever friendly paths intersect the whole world looks like home for a time.
Well, my show, Home+Land, is now hanging at the West End Gallery ahead of this Friday evening’s opening reception. Feedback has been very strong thus far which alleviates some of the jitters that normally accompany the run-up to any of my shows, something I’ve written about here a number of times in the past.
This period between delivering the show and the opening is always one of uncertainty. Even though I may feel confident and truly satisfied in the work, in this time period a lingering doubt always seems to rise up that perhaps my perception of the work will not jibe with that of the general public. After many years and many of these shows, I know this an irrational fear, that how others see the work is beyond my control and so long as I feel that the work speaks honestly and confidently for me there is nothing to worry about.
And that is something that I definitely feel the work does in this show. I feel completely invested in this show with a certainty that this group is an authentic representation and extension of my work and my self. For better or worse, it just feels honest.
This was something I found to be true when I was putting together the short video preview below as I wanted to keep it shorter and didn’t want to include everything. It was difficult deciding which pieces to include and which to leave out– each would add something and none which be out of place.
But in the end I felt pretty good about the group I chose and hope you’ll take a moment to decide for yourself.