Lately, I have been thinking a lot about perfection.  Sometimes I find myself paralyzed due to imperfection.  I may rerun a loop in my head of an imperfect encounter. Or I might toss out a painting because I can see  something in the piece that makes me nuts…a glaring imperfection. This desire for perfection has been in my mind for many, many years.  Sometimes I can push it away but it always finds a way to  haunt me.  

Today we walked through the Parthenon museum in Centennial Park.  The collection of 19th century American paintings is a lovely addition to  Nashville.  I love the landscapes and still life paintings.  I like to visit them like old friends.  One painting, in particular, caught my eye in a different way today.  It is a lovely, large landscape of a pond in the Hamptons.  The colors glow and the clouds are rendered beautifully, but I could see an imperfection! This painting spoke to me in an entirely new language.  I finally understood my own obsession and how I NEED to let the fixation on perfection go.

I came home and painted this perfectly imperfect sock monkey.   Thank you for reading.

My best,
Emily Warren

Published by Art Belongs to Everyone

The work is inspired by an engagement with play and making peace with uncertainty. I work experimentally, using a digital video to explore painting. I use sound and moving images in non-traditional ways to reverse expectations of horror and comedy. I am drawn to the whimsical nature of self-discovery. I construct repeating narratives, often depicting varying scenarios of serenity, silliness, and reflection.

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