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After completing the Art Genre Preferences Worksheet, what have you discovered about your taste in art? What genres are you drawn to and why? Conversely, what genres do not suit you and why?
Apart from writing, what is your favorite form of art? What is your earliest memory of encountering your favorite form of art and why it made such an impact on you?
I have taken to developing interactive adventure stories with the emphasis on immersive experiences and thus I favour fine art and atmospheric music
Besides writing, I love painting! I didn’t at first, but then, my mentor Theresa Dedmon showed it to me on a whole other level that spoke to me.
I would say that aside from writing (and reading) the art form that most touches me is music. I listen to all kinds of music, from classical to rock ballads to pop and it is really a passion. No matter my mood or my experiences, I can find music that speaks to it and guides me through it, and I think that is very powerful. I also love handicrafts, examining the artistry of men and women at craft fairs who work so hard to create such incredibly intricate quilts and blankets, woodcarvings and sculptures.
I will forever cherish music as a form of art, regardless of genre. Beer is pretty high up on the list of my appreciated art forms, too. Nothing finer than a well crafted German Pilsner or Russian Imperial Stout.
My first encounter with Art, was when my dad made a vase, which depicted a sailing boat on the front. I did not see him make the vase, but the end product made me curious. I asked my dad about the process, and tried to imagine what is was like to fashion something from clay with one’s own hands, on a potter’s wheel.
The whole idea of the firing process in the kiln, and waiting for the pottery to be cooked captured my imagination.
When dad was away from the house, I could pick up the vase, and it contained, within a second, all my memories of him, until he came home. I have this vase now, and it has traveled well, from Britain to America. Even now, this little object is imbued with memories of the maker.
The first time I saw a sculpture was at The Tate in London – “The Kiss,” by Rodin. Someone also introduced me to the work of Henry Moore, and Barbara Hepworth.
However, it was only when I viewed Moore’s sculptures in the outdoor setting of the recluse’s garden that I was hooked.
A later visit to a sculpture park in The Forest of Dean, in England, confirmed my new enthusiasm for this art form. I particularly liked the exhibits “The Cathedral” and “Melissa’s Swing.” by other sculptors.
But to return to Moore – his work also appeals to me for the way in which it is integral to the surrounding environment, as if Moore was also saying that we are inexorably connected with landscape.
The thematic resonance Moore’s art and other sculptors’ work has for me became the catalyst for a central theme in “Johari’s Window,” my debut romance novel.
I wanted to discover how the body, memory and landscape are intertwined. And how this physical or bodily connection with our environment, and the physical “objects” which are part of our surroundings, influences, though does not determine, how we shape and recall our lives.