[Today’s featured artwork for Day 2 of the 365 Days Project is by Serena Kovalosky]
The sculptural piece pictured above is one of mine. It was a departure from my usual work, which made it a challenge to create and raised all sorts of doubts about my validity as an artist. What started off as a “mistake” ended up pushing the boundaries of my artistic practice. It’s the perfect image for today’s post on the 365 Days Project.
#2 – The Artist in me knows how to embrace my mistakes.
As I learned to work through them over the years, I found they often become magnificent doorways to something I’ve never tried before, leading me to fascinating discoveries and truly unique work. If I’m not making “mistakes” once in a while, I’m playing it too “safe.”
Jazz legend Miles Davis never feared mistakes. “It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note – it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.”
It took over a decade but I only recently began to truly understand this piece and have completely let go of what I thought it should be. It was originally named “Organica” which is a generic name for an organic form but didn’t capture the essence of the piece. As I was updating my inventory, I decided to rewrite its description and my original influence for the piece came to me. It ws originally inspired by puffball mushrooms I loved to stomp as a child. At the time I created it, I wanted it to encompass deep symbolism, not some childhood memory. But as I embraced that memory, I realized that it needed to be honored, so I renamed the piece, “Gilded Puffball.” Much better.
The 365 Days Project
In 2012, Serena Kovalosky committed to writing an article a day for 365 days as an exploration into the lives of artists and the value of creative thinking in our society.
Artist Credits for the images included in this post:
Serena Kovalosky, New York, USA
Carved gourds, gold alloy gilding, bitumen stain, pine cone petals