Here are the finished pieces from Meet The Artists 2020. It was really great blessing to be a part of this show. To have the opportunity to be seen in this light is incredible and more than I could ask for. I hope to continue working at this level.
Special thank you to Billy and Claudia Thomas for my framing. Really everything about this was wonderful.
Thanks to the Indianapolis Public Library and the Center for Black Literature and Culture. Thank you to everyone involved.
I’m had a visual epiphany of sorts and now I’m about to restart this piece. We are going all the way back to white canvas, which is fine I guess. Im sort of an expert at starting things over, both personally and professionally.
I definitely pushed this piece too far, too fast mostly because I felt pressed for time. That’s never the move. My work requires time; which is even more frustrating cause I’m an “essential” worker and I’m constantly bombarded by reminders that I am unable to have that time for my artwork. It feels like I’m falling behind.
I’m not religious but I understand that God happens in its own time. That is very comforting for some people…All I can do is keep working and see what happens.
Somewhere in here, There’s room for a quote…(10,000 hours to mastery blah words words)…I’m gonna save that energy for actual painting.
20×20” Acrylic & Mixed Media. Approx. 24 Hand Hours
THE ALL, in its aspect of Being, projects its Will toward its aspect of “Becoming” and the process of creation begins… This process is believed … to have a Correspondence to the metal process of an artist, writer, or inventor…This Involuntary stage of Creation is sometimes called the “Outpouring” of the Divine Energy, just as the Evolutionary state is called the “Indrawing”
From The Kybalion, Chapter 7: Paragraph 9 & 10, Paraphrased
Have you ever had something move through you? Making this piece was really a moment of peak flow. With everything happening on the planet, it is really wonderful to experience such a focused and purposeful head space.
This piece was completed in approximately 24 working hours over 4 days. Typically a project like this would take me a few weeks at least. A smidge of that is practical considerations (ugh work 😐) but it is partially due to the material and research processes that are used to create the work.
My work has always consisted of layers. Both layers of art materials (layers of paint or marker and pencil, digital layers) and layers of ideas. As I progress these things only become more integrated. Recently, this year especially, I have been finding it more and more necessary to find a unity between my marker and pencil work and my abstract pieces. This interconnection reaches into the ideas and philosophy behind each piece as well. One of the ways that I try to extend my art to others is by combining ideas from various philosophical, scientific and religious traditions. From my perspective truth isn’t differentiation. The truth of our experience is in commonality. In order to present a truly holistic narrative, my artwork must also become more interconnected.
Cierra Johnson, Artist
Make sure you follow me on Facebook and Instagram as well @cierrajohnsoncreative everywhere.