As a college teacher of artistic anatomy, I began using the chalkboard as the medium to visually demonstrate lectures on bones and muscles of the human body. To my surprise it would become a medium that I would enjoy. I have a deep appreciation for simplicity as an expression of our primitive nature, especially in a time of constant technological innovation and its integration in our lives. So this recent practice of heads drawn from my mind through my hand with chalk and charcoal lends itself to this idea. and I love it. Though I know little about it, I've always had a n admiration for modern dance and how an individual can say so much with so little. As a human, i'm trying to find my autonomy in this world. My harmony with the physical as well as metaphysical world. Being content and comfortable with it all, free from the distractions of the ego, going deep within and coming back to the surface with an offering. And in the process of these chalk drawings, I experience this at times. It is a challenge to express vulnerably from within, and to assimilate this with doing it as a profession. Confusion and depression sometimes replace a mental state of the playful child present and blissful. Working in a medium that is not archival, or even present for more than a day is a challenge to the true motivation of being involved in art in the first place. I can openly say that I am no acception to influences of doubt, confusion, and insecurity. And that is what I am taking away from this chalkboard experience. I am once again aware of the importance of creativity and expression. Its meaning, its purpose in my life.
The imagined headpiece chalkboard series began 3 weeks ago and i've been using instagram for its documentation. If interested in following, the link is http://www.oninstagram.com/akirabeard. I am also uploading from there, to the 'headpieces' section on my site (akirabeard.com). Thanks for visiting .