“A lasting effect of my fellowship experience is to trust my artistic intuition. Artists should always express what is within with all integrity and not think about an audience. Artists should not entertain. Authentic expression has a ringing truth to it and the art observer cannot help but feel it.”
Constance, a narrative figure painter working primarily in oils on linen, considers herself a storyteller. For her Creative Renewal, she wanted to learn to incorporate video into her work to become a better storyteller. She understood that she would be spending more time away from her drawings and paintings in order to learn about the software and technical aspects of videography. She started monthly journeys to New York City to work with Harvestworks, a group known for helping artists incorporate technology into their work. During her trips, she visited as many galleries and museums as possible and came to the conclusion that the art world was entirely dependent on technology and special effects.
“These observations left me with an opinion that art making had become show biz and rather vacuous. My launch into my Creative Renewal Fellowship was turning into a trip to Oz.” She was struck with the notion to go back to the drawing board and back to basics with her artwork. “My renewal included returning to the simplicity and profound beauty of sitting quite still, breathing slowly, and making deliberate marks on white paper with graphite. I was confident there would be experts in special effects I could hire to fulfill my visions of creating interactive types of artworks!” She began to quietly and meditatively draw, producing large drawings that dealt with blame and fault in American culture. “My personal life and personal health have improved by being quiet. Silence creates an opportunity for absorbing life around you. Your artist antennae will function with higher frequencies if you practice the ‘art of being still.’” By getting focused on the content and back to the basics, her drawings were accepted to SCOPE New York in 2014 and she returned to her Indianapolis exhibition roots with a solo show at the Long-Sharp Gallery.
Received fellowships to Vermont Studio Center and Schildersweek
Exhibited in SCOPE Miami 2012 and SCOPE New York 2014
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Indiana University; Studied at The Art Students League of New York; Studied with American figure painter Isabel Bishop