“To Love Without a Net”
Original Photomontage Art by Liz Huston, December 2008
When love is uncertain, it can feel like a tightrope walk. The feelings between you and your beloved grow wings, taking you out of your normal reality and placing you into exciting new heights. But right next to this euphoria, there are so many uncertainties, so many fears arise! You look down, recognizing your heights. What is the next move? Is there a net? What could go wrong? Better yet, what could go right? Can you move, or are you paralyzed by fear? Do you continue to look down? Or do you look ahead and continue to walk that tightrope with your partner, in trust? -
I made this piece ten years ago, when my life looked very different. It was second piece I ever made, the one that came after The Lovers. Am sharing this piece today to take you along on a look back of the artistic journey I’ve traveled for the last decade. I intend to post a new piece daily, in chronological order, starting with this one. Rare, I think, is the artist that doesn’t flinch when looking at old work - but on occasion it’s important to look back over our journey so we can better ascertain where we are and where we want to be.
I am a self taught artist, and when I began making this work, it was really just a natural extension of my existing professional photography and a large collection of antique photographs. (I wasn’t yet using paint in the work.) When I began, it didn’t occur to me that ten years later this would end up being my full time job! I was just following the threads of passion, curiosity and creativity - had no idea I really was on the precipice of something huge and life changing. So grateful I had support, time and resources to teach myself these then-new techniques. This work was not only the result of trial and error, but the result of a tireless passion to learn and express the stories that lived in me.
I hope you enjoy this nostalgic journey. Thank you for being here.
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