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Meditation on Influences
opal
laurieopal
I've been thinking about the less obvious influences on my work.

I've been listening to some John Cage and certain hip-hop artists (Jean Grae and Talib Kweli) that are part of how I'm thinking about the new photography project.  It's the first time music has been that important to me in figuring out new work.

What surprised me is that I started working on a different direction in jewelry design this week and I realized that the music had influenced
the designs.  It's no more obvious in the jewelry then it will be in the photography but it was obvious to me when I looked at the finished waxes.  I was surprised.  It's the first time I remember something this subtle crossing over from one medium to another.  I'd articulate it as a kind of a vivid jagged intricacy but I suspect that is completely self referential.

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