🌸ARTIST FEATURE 9
Please take the time to read her mini interview here.
I’ve included questions 4 and 5 in the last slide as caption is too short!
1/ What core message or intention do you wish to share through your art making?
My core message would be to follow your curiosity. Follow your “what if’s,”
the dreams that make your heart flutter, and the ideas that make you feel free like you did when you were playing as a kid. Those curiosities are like little creative fairies whispering what your heart wants to do. When I allow my curiosity to be heard, my art always changes for the better. Two examples of where I listened to my curiosity were when I taught myself to weave in 2015 and when I started exploring collage in my work last year. If I had said to myself my usual ‘that will be too time consuming to learn’ or ‘too expensive’ or ‘we don’t have any more room in the house!” (real talk!) my work would not look anything like it does right now. Go do the thing you are most curious about!
2/ What have you found works well when doubts and fear arise?
When doubts and fear arise, it feels like mud in my head and heart. Like I’m physically and mentally stuck.Through trial and error, I have found that just pushing forward, even and especially when I don’t want to, is the only remedy to doubt and fear. Honestly, this happens so often, my studio mantra is ‘Keep moving forward’. It’s always small steps in the beginning. It can be choosing to pick up a paint brush and mix fresh paints, or prepping new canvases, or painting a 5 minute mess in my sketchbook, or going for a hike to clear my head. Small, no pressure actions that usually to lead a new idea, a curiosity or just a continuation of play. Luckily, my obsession with painting outweighs my fears. Eventually, I always find a way back in.
3/ What was the best piece of advice you were given at the beginning of your art journey?
An awesome painting professor once told me in regards to following a curiosity with a painting I was working on: “You like that? Great. Go make 20 of them and see where they take you.” I have followed this advice with every series and new direction I take. - 36 minutes ago