|On January 27, 2011 artist Tim McDonald gave a talk about his current work on display in the Munro Gallery.|
I see the moment of making a mark as the ground of imagination (located in the body) and understand perception to be a natural system; an ecology of mind in which the perceiver is not separate from that which is perceived. The initiation of a mark is a primary point of contact, of clarity, that is before language, before thought - an original root experience of imagination, a manifestation of our animal mind operating along a wild edge.McDonald is also influenced by Zen and Buddhist traditions that emphasize nature; by using such elements as beeswax, red clay, and walnut ink in creating his art, McDonald wishes to link his art to the natural world. He often leaves his paper and artwork outside, exposing them to the natural elements. Because of this process, a paw print was once imprinted onto one of his pieces by an unknown creature - something McDonald embraced and saw as an asset to the work as a whole. McDonald is very interested in "letting nature have a say" by restoring an "equal conversation" between man and his world.
|"Thin Ice 2" 2010. Walnut ink, sumi ink, beeswax on paper.|
|"The bottom ... is lined with stones" 2010. Pastel, charcoal, burning on paper.|
|"Fragile" 2010. Ink, charcoal, burning on paper.|
|"Liminal (for Meredith Monk)" 2010. Charcoal, clay, burning on paper.|
|"A wild edge" 2010. Graphite, charcoal, burning on paper.|
As for what advice McDonald has for aspiring artists, his words are simple yet profound. "Just work. Don't mix up motivation and inspiration," McDonald said. "Remember that spare time is what you have when you're not making art; spare time is what you use when you go to work or go to the grocery store, your real life is art."
|Artist Tim McDonald (R) discusses his work with Albion student Kevin Kissinger.|