Do you guys remember that song by R. Kelly and Usher from 2007 called “Same Girl”?
Stay with me here, I'm getting to the point.
How do you make individual pieces in a collection intrinsically different while still using the same paper, same colors, same brushes...same you?!
I was having this discussion with myself early Saturday morning as I enjoyed my pre-drawing rituals. And as I was doing that thinking I was listening to this song and I couldn't help, as I usually don't, to think of the video. I don't know about you guys but I was very into R. Kelly and Usher back in 2007 (I was 13 and in 6/7th grade, imagine that little person!) So my 13 year-old self watched the video and unlike the song itself, at the end of the video when they are about to catch this two-timer, lo and behold, she has a twin. Now, yes, very unlikely. They drive the same car, have the same birthmarks, the same name... Well in high school I knew these twins that had the same name and different middle names. I digress.
As this pertains to my paintings? It made me realize that I am perfectly capable of making intrinsically different paintings, in fact I started realizing that making two identical pieces might even be harder. I’m not a robot. Each painting will reflect different twitches of my wrist, different lulls from being distracted at different moments, two that were created by two magnificently tiny different me's.
SIDE NOTE: I wrote this on Saturday and left this tiny note to myself:
Every time I go clean out my water tray, the smell of fish gets stronger and stronger. Do with this information what you wish!