The novel coronavirus, Covid-19, has been declared a pandemic and university facilities are being shut down. We don't know when the studios will reopen, and are packing what we can to take home. I cannot not pack everything, I do not know when we will have access again. Left on my studio wall are the traceries of the paintings and drawings I have been working on. In some ways, more than the work itself, the wall declares: Romi was here.
What do I mean by proposing that big shifts are usually camouflaged? Looking at the above piece, anyone familiar with my work over the years could easily think, "Wow, what a big shift, what the heck happened?" And in fact, I actually thought that myself...isn't it funny that artists are the last ones to identify the patterns in their own work? But after looking at photographs of pieces I'd been working on, I realized a "Big Shift" in my work had already taken place a couple of weeks before, it had simply been camouflaged by the use of familiar materials and palette. Life, outside the studio, is the same...the big shifts are usually camouflaged.
Hi, I'm Romi. I'm an American artist who lives & works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I have the amazing opportunity to live in London while working on a MFA program in painting and decided to blog about the experience. So here we go!