The Impossible Garden
& The Wildforest
ART & STORIES BY MARICHIT GARCIA
In a previous post I have written about how I had misused and abused my art in my impatience to escape certain realities of my life, and because I was expecting it to be the absolute cure-all for all the ailments of my heart and soul.
Now my art-making, and my creative journey itself, are on recovery. I have not yet gone back to painting as I used to although I have been doing small experiments, and I have been feeding on nonstop inspiration. But now that I have given it proper attention and consideration, I am aghast at the state of wear and tear on my creative spirit. (I have been writing A LOT though - stories, poems, journals - so at least that part of my creativity is safe and sustained.)
Hence my art is going into a kind of hibernation for a while, but it does not mean being inactive. It only means I won't be doing art work other than the art work that my heart tells me to. I am relieving my art work from any form of pressure to perform -- whether to sell, to deliver on paid customised pieces, to pass a gallery's criteria, or even to gain more followers on my page or website. I will go back into exploration, nurturing, and giving free rein to imagination and magic. I'll still share my process and my finished work but nothing will be for sale at the moment. (Perhaps a few selected sketchbook pieces might be uploaded in my Society6 or Redbubble to keep the shops current but otherwise, the original pieces which shall be the more important pieces of my work will remain protected from profit-related concerns for quite a while.) I am bringing back the focus on the Stories rather than the Selling.
This year I have submitted an art portfolio to two places : one is Art In The Park which had informed me that they prioritise group submissions but that they'll give my submission a look, and Prism Gallery which a friend and patron had recommended. I have little to no expectations from both, knowing the state of art politics and culture here in this country. But of course, there is always hope. I would really like an opportunity to show and share my work with more people outside of my immediate circles. But I realise that this is something that needs to ripen, and also that my vision now extends outside this country. I have plans to find ways to be visible in places like Singapore, Korea, Thailand, and Japan.
As 2016 comes to a close, the holiday season looms ahead. Everyone with anything to offer have begun to cash in on the holiday mood. While I advocate simpler living with less shopping, I am not averse to offering my artwork as a soulful option for gifting, not to mention the set of values that accompany making the choice to support independent artists or entrepreneurs over corporations and too-big businesses.
So this is my last selling hurrah before I let it go for a while. You can simply click on "SHOP" at the upper right hand corner of this site, or you can browse below for links to specific recommended items. Please feel free to share. :)
REDBUBBLE offers prints and products of my artwork. I recommend shopping her for SCARVES, DRAWSTRING BAGS, SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS, HARDCOVER JOURNALS, TRAVEL MUGS, METAL PRINTS, and my first ever CALENDAR.
SOCIETY6 offers prints and products of my artwork. I recommend shopping here for FRAMED ART PRINTS, POUCHES, TOTE BAGS, DUVET COVERS and COMFORTERS, THROW PILLOWS, SHOWER CURTAINS, LEGGINGS, WALL TAPESTRIES, THROW BLANKETS, RUGS, and TOWELS.
Lastly, you have the option to buy some of the ORIGINAL ART itself through ETSY. (I'll be adding a few more pieces this week so visit back on the weekend.)