By Chanel Webster
Chanel is a visual artist who is blogging for The Body Project about her experience investigating her drawn humor: PHLEGM. She's previously worked with Storyhound Theatre on The Greensboro Grapevine, and her new piece will be exhibited at The Greensboro Project Space on March 2 as part of First Friday.
A Greensboro N.C. native, I am a predominantly a self taught visual artist mostly known for acrylic collage paintings with a red background. Creative inspiration for me begins with a vision inspired by the emotion of everyday life. My creative goal as a visual artist is to create emotion through simplicity with line and color through paintings, sketches and photography.
My Experience at the Phlegm Table ...
Walking into the room (at the Greensboro Project Space) on our first night of The Body Project, I had no idea of what to expect. First thing I noticed: there are four tables each with a lemon, a head of lettuce, an eggplant, a box of noodles and an onion. I'm trying to figure out how in the world is this related to the body experiment.
I was smiling on the outside but on the inside I was so confused.
We all stood around and waited to learn our destiny. Each person was asked to pull a piece of paper which would decide which humor we would work with. Some of us pulled the paper and started reading over it and then slowly pulling out our cell phones for more information like cramming for an exam.
Next, we were asked to stand at a table with our group and talk about the humor that we picked. My group was hesitant at first, it took us a few minutes to get things going. Once we got started, we were speaking calmly and tearing the items apart slowly. At that moment, I noticed that somehow we all took on the characteristics of our humor phlegm.
I think we did so without noticing.
Once we began dissecting the parts, the process made more sense. We compared the components of the humor to ourselves. We spoke of procrastination, wanting to do things perfectly, taking our time, being calm and laid back. We also talked a lot about water. The movement of water, the consistency, and the importance.
Water seemed to stand out and it became my inspiration. By the end of the night, I had formed a free flowing wave out of torn lettuce. Layer after layer bending and progressing into this huge wave. It was towering and overflowing but kept it's balance. Similar to a snapshot it captured a moment. It represented a moment of calmness, a peaceful movement.
Needless to say, water will be a major focus in my piece of art...
After the meeting, I had a few ideas and definitely knew that I wanted water to be a key component. I spent most of the three weeks that have following researching and brainstorming.
Gathering my thoughts...
First, I created a list of all words I think of when I think of water. Looking at those words on my list, I chose the ones that related to my vision. These elements had to reflect the temperament calm and easygoing. Some of the words I picked were hesitation, blue, float, secluded, wave, and thirst. I looked at a lot of photos and videos of water to get a visual of the movement. My next step is to figure out how to incorporate these words and represent them with line and color. So many options so many ideas. Brainstorming and sketching all the elements together is the next step.