Travels as Issabell Dragon (Issy)
Art and writing are my voice, in a world in which I am seldom heard. Together, they represent a safe place in which I can be myself, dive into the odd and unusual, and enjoy the journey. Nothing gives me more peace than to escape through my art into a world of blissful creativity. I return refreshed and ready to face the world again.
I love working with mixed media, paper and found objects — odd or unusual things I can add to my art. I never know what I’m going to do with a found object when the transformation into art begins, but I trust the object to tell me when it’s ready.
I start projects with a general idea of what I’m going to work on–a box, a doll, an altered book–then I gather items I know I need. As I’m putting a piece together, I look around, incorporating whatever catches my eye.
I am a dreamer. I believe in the impossible. Just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not there. In my art I live in a fantasy world of fairies, dragons and beings not even thought of yet. They are my creative escape, my way of coping with the world.
I hope my art allows others to escape into the impossible, even if just for a minute or two. Fantasy and art give the mind a break from what it knows it is supposed to believe and lead it toward what is truly possible.
It was only within the last year that I realized I really am an artist. I have done art for years but never considered myself an artist. I thought I needed to be published or have projects sold or on display to be considered an true artist. I finally realized that I am an artist because I believe I am an artist, and I don’t need to wait for someone else to award me that title. My art has a voice and, through projects like this, it has a chance to be seen and heard by other artists.