This is the Sardine Can Shrine Challenge. When I received the sardine can I hadn’t really decided what I wanted to create, but I knew I had a few months for something to inspire me. I played around with a few things here and there, picked up stuff from the side of the road, yard sales, my nephew Jimmy who is a fantastic scavenger and other various places. Nothing really struck me and yes the months that I had where dwindling down to less and less. I have a great friend who is a fantastic artist and we have so opposite techniques but we appreciate each others work and encourage each other in our endeavors. Well one day I received an email from her and in that email she revealed her inner fears, the “I'm not good enough”, “people will laugh”, and “this is my only good piece there will never be another”. As I was reading it I thought “wow she has the same thoughts as I do?” and I guess we really all kind of carry around an inner critic, whether your an artist or a business major, some where inside when you do something for yourself and about to share it with the world a voice from inside comes out and says its just not good enough and some of us run and hide, others fight through it and continue on no matter what. So as I thought about her words I began thinking of my fears and my inner critic and I thought if I created this critic and brought them to life that maybe it would be easier to fight it and become fearless with my sharing of my art.
I started with creating the eye, giving him the power to see what I create, and even though the negative words are out there all around him, deep down inside of the critic hidden behind his puny weak heart he has words to share that are positive, wanting me to grow and learn from each piece thats created, each move I make. I put it on wheels to show that everywhere I go it follows me pulling at me to give up. The small character in the front made me think that sometimes I feel like just a co-pilot to this critic and if I don’t find a way to suppress him he will take over. The bullet in his hand is just what I have to dodge in order to move on. There is a handle on top and when pulled up, he sends out this sinister laugh!
I also made a little video about it if you want to watch