“You’re an artist when you say you are,” Amanda Palmer offered in her emboldening reflection on the creative life. “And you’re a good artist when you make somebody else experience or feel something deep or unexpected.”
So I’ve signed up for this – a self-directed residency specifically designed for those combatting lack of sleep, creativity, space, funds, time etc since having children (oh my), and to work within these confines rather than despite them…. As they get a little older and start at nursery/primary school I’ve begun to feel a bit more like I can breathe mentally again. The aim for me is to produce a body of work, without particular agenda at this stage, and edit at the end of the residency. I’ll be periodically posting work in progress on my instagram and eventually also contributing to the facebook group. The program was created by the wonderful interdisciplinary artist Lenka Clayton, someone I’ve admired hugely for quite some time.
Making ancient overlapping rings for a new project with a biodynamic vineyard.
“We’re creators by permission, by grace as it were. No-one creates alone, of and by himself. An artist is an instrument that registers something already existent, something that belongs to the whole world, and which, if he is an artist, he is compelled to give back to the world.”
It’s now just 2016 and this new portfolio of collected work is finally finished. I read this quote Read More