A new piece that is 1/3 completed. Dragging. Weighed down by worries. Carrying the responsibilities of others. It is a new sweater piece, the first in over a year. I'm not one to create elaborate sketches as you can see.
Knitting allows me to create work that can be completed in one inch increments while on the subway, at the doctor's office or at a cafe. It allows for a social interaction that my embroidery does not. I am also attracted to its flexibility. I can easily fold the work and ship it off in a cardboard box at little expense. But this piece, oh boy. A wagon filled with rocks isn't going to be lightweight. This piece will first be exhibited at the Catholic Theological Union Gallery in April. The gallery is in Chicago, so I can drive it over, but how the heck do I ship it to California or Pennsylvania? I don't always have the time to deliver my work in person. Do I ship the wagon and sweater and request rocks from the community be used? Can I count on a curator to gather these materials for me? Do I fake the rocks? Make them from Styrofoam?
One thing I always teach my art students is to think of your work from beginning to end. How will it be displayed? How will you ship it? Who will cover this cost? These considerations often occur at the last moment which doesn't always produce conducive thinking. Panic and expensive solutions are usually the result.
So what about those rocks? I haven't figured it out, but at least I have 2/3 of a sweater to knit and contemplate.