When observing my children, I notice (with jealousy) how little they think before they pick up their tools. They listen to their impulse to create, and do not stifle it. They use it as a language, as a way to process and share their lives. It's a beautiful thing to watch.Read More
When it comes to sharing my life on social media, there are certain things that I consider off-limits. But I value transparency when talking about my art career, because clearly examining the circumstances, privileges, and support that one receives (or does not receive) means that you understand more clearly where you’re coming from, what is within your control, and what you can achieve with it. It allows you to see the advantages (or disadvantages) that others have.Read More
When I'm gifted with a season of well-being and productivity, it's then that I give thanks. It's not always easy to exercise the gratitude muscle--there's plenty out there to make me jealous. And even though I have an "invisible illness," practicing gratitude makes me see the invisible things that support my creative practice. And anything that disturbs my peace isn't worth my time. I remember that things always change, and that adaptability and grace are the means of perseverance.Read More
The last portion of my artist #manifesto for my #artistresidencyinmotherhood is... 7/7 - SHARE YOUR HEART
No matter what, be yourself. Do not let shame or self-consciousness trickle in. If you are honest with yourself and others, you develop trust, fruitful interaction, and growth. This is your life, and it is beautiful, even if it doesn't fit the mold or look a certain way. Live it fully. (And so I illustrate this with a late-night bathrobe-clad sewing on paper, shot by my husband. It's not gorgeous planned natural lit slick... it's how I truly do things.)
After a day of enjoying family time outdoors, continuing my #artistmanifesto seemed appropriate: 6/7 - INTENTIONAL INSPIRATION
Garbage in, garbage out.
My creative output will be enhanced and shaped by the stimuli I take in. As much as I can, I will create habits and methods that will help me take in new, unexpected things outside my normal sphere. As much as I can, I will create habits that allow me to plunge deeply into topics and activities that spark my curiosity, scratch the itch for novelty, and that bring me joy.
One of the largest sources I wish to fuel from is the outdoors. Even though an autoimmune disorder has left me allergic to the sun (and, ironically, the UV rays I use to create my work), I will not let that hold me back. Rather, I can find ways and shape my practices so that no matter the season I can drink from the deep well of peace that is the gift of Nature.