|"A Clean Slate" 24" x 24" original collage by Crystal Neubauer|
As I spent time thinking of all the good that has come my way recently, my thoughts turned to this work of art titled "A Clean Slate", which has been touring the country and abroad for the past 2 1/2 years.
The process of creating this work was one that was very connected to a time of healing and release in my life. As often is the case, the things I am working through in my personal life, make themselves known when I am in the studio. This is what I wrote about that process in my original post, back in 2011;
"just a few days before the show, when I was supposed to be framing and putting the last minute details for the booth together it all struck me so clearly - I could see what each piece needed and I worked frantically adding the black fields of Indian Ink and some graphite details. Better, much better. But still needing something. More pencil and mark making I thought. So I picked up a small pack of drawing pastels, in which a white piece was included, and as I put those white marks to the black ink I knew it was done. The worn chalkboard appearance with all the visible erase marks. Words came out of that white pencil. Labels I wanted to be free of. Names I had been called, or had called myself. And places I had been that I never wanted to go back to.
I wrote and I wiped away and A Clean Slate series was born."
Ultimately, "A Clean Slate", with it's telling antique ledger paper slashed by India ink during a time of worship, is about redemption and second chances. The slate has been wiped clean, the debt has been paid. It represents ones ultimate value - that which comes from The Maker and not from ones own accomplishments or feelings of worth. It speaks to the fact that all of your life experiences are being used to create the beauty of who you are today, not one thing being valuable while the rest is hidden. A true beauty from ashes, garment of praise story!
With the recent move to the city, and Good Friday and Easter Weekend upon us, I've decided it is time for "A Clean Slate" to come home. And to help me celebrate the homecoming, I have decided to share it with you.
Before it began it's tour, I had the collage professionally photographed at a fine art printer and for a limited time, I am releasing a limited quantity run of Giclee prints in three different sizes at celebration prices. It is my hope that by issuing this work as a fine art print, it will be able to impact many more people in the deep and cathartic way that it has me.
If you'd like to have your own hand signed and numbered edition of "A Clean Slate", you can check it out here.
And Happy Easter to you. He is risen! He is risen indeed!