|Posted by iris m. kirkwood on October 22, 2015 at 5:40 PM|
Starting tomorrow, October 23, my self published book-The Pencil Drawings -Iris M. Kirkwood -will be available for purchase from our local Indie bookstore, Talking Leaves on Main St.in Buffalo NY.
This book is a collection of drawings I completed between July 2013 and August 2014.
This past July I gave a talk at my Book Launch for The Pencil Drawings. I explained to the audience the reason I put this book together was to take control of getting my art before the public. And then to build an audience out of those who want to see more of my work. 2015 has been a good year. Of the juried shows I applied to, three accepted, two in California and one in Missouri.
Daily I look for callings for art, theme juried shows, calls for portfolio reviews, covers for publications, and where I think my work will fit...I submit. Sometimes it concerns me: Should the fact that I am African American woman be noted in my Artist statement? Can they see from my subjects? Though I admit my style is not what one might imagine when you say African American art. I have in fact recently learned my style falls into a new category of Afro-centric artwork- that of Afro-Futurism. I kind of like that...forward thinking elements!
I believe that I have come to a wooden bridge in life and am half way across from where my technical skill was and heading toward the direction it has yet to reach. At the same time the drop below me should I look down and get dizzy is a killer.
Last year it occurred to me that if I continue to market my drawings the way I have- if I lived to be one hundred years old maybe, maybe two hundred people will have seen my work. And then it would only be one or two pieces. So I gathered current drawings that maintained the concept of dreams and part memories into THE PENCIL DRAWINGS.
The text is minimal because the drawings are their own narrative. If you are in the Buffalo area stop in to TALKING LEAVES on Main St. and take a look, maybe even buy a copy. It is also available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1499232926
Iris M. Kirkwood