Wednesday, November 2, 2016

To Begin

To begin, to simply show up and begin. 
Sandra Brownlee suggests just that. 
A timely reminder for me and sage advice I took from her workshop 'Tactile Notebooks' but haven't quite implemented yet.

Here is my beginning:

In common with all new parents, the birth of my first child in March 2015 changed many things in my life. My identity and perception of time became blurred and fractured by the overwhelming and relentless needs of care and domesticity. As I surface from this I begin to see ironically that motherhood offers me time and a framework to work within.

I will undergo this 3 month self-imposed artist residency in order to fully experience and explore the fragmented focus, nap-length studio time, limited movement and resources and general upheaval that parenthood brings and allow it to shape the direction of my work, rather than try to work “despite” it.

I do this publicly because I struggle with procrastination, commitment and accountability. 
We shall see.