Sometimes it’s good to revisit favourite or resonant quotes when in contemplative mode or in the thick of studio work. You can get lost in your own world when busy in the studio but it’s good to remind yourself why you work there in the first place.
Searching for your voice, the tweak that will give the work its edge, the reality of what you’re trying to say: these are the things you dig for, work for, explore for.
You might already be familiar with these but it never hurts to read them again:
Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.
Hmm… thanks Georgia.
Art is a way of recognizing oneself.
Art is restoration: the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented – which is what fear and anxiety do to a person – into something whole.
Yes. I like this.
Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
Thank God for escape routes.
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
I just love this one Martha.
And here are a few images of works in progress. More old stuff, memories, trying to make sense of things…
These are some of the works I’m getting ready for my solo show in September. I’ll let you know the details in a later post.