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Color Pencil on Translucent Mylar Paper
12" x 12"
This work titled Goaded by Jill Zylke was inspired by a real-life incident.
As a student of flamenco, Jill was attending a crowded dance workshop.
A friend who had been dancing on the other side of the room ran up
in the middle of class to take a position of escape beside Jill.
There had been a man dancing so close behind her friend that the woman couldn't concentrate.
In a later class this same man took his place behind the artist,
and just as her friend had experienced, he was dancing within inches of her.
She spent the rest of the class trying to free herself from his shadow.
For Jill, it seemed the situation was a metaphor for the creative process and her goat-like muse.
In the dance studio, she was being goaded by this
insistent heedless presence, like a goat butting its head into her.
In the art studio, and especially when she is NOT in the art studio,
this nagging creative force never leaves her alone.
When she thinks she can relax or get something else done, there's that vexing,
relentless feeling of time wasted, causing her to constantly wish for more time spent with her m use.