Whew…yep, that is a sigh of relief, because finally things are back to normal…but what is normal right?
artist at work 2020 (photographed by KleinJan Groenewald)
well, normal for me means that the festive season and back to school mayhem is done and dusted, and that my back to studio routine has commenced- and that dear friends is a relief, because a stitch a day keeps the blues away 😉 But with that said, sometimes not working can be work. It is important to just be every once in awhile.
So what did I do from the 1st of January until now.
Well I fought the festive season blues…
but then I found this quote which I love:
“Depression is like a woman in black. If she turns up, don’t shoo her away. Invite her in, offer her a seat, treat her like a guest and listen to what she wants to say.” -Carl Jung
“The difference between art and life is that art is more bearable”
I am on a mission to catch up on writing letters (snail mail) to selected friends….slowly but surely getting there!
I made back up files since our computer gave us trouble (hence my absence here, since I only use a desktop for blog-posts.
I fought against hundreds of zombies with the boys in a PS4 game.
Went to the beach once in awhile,
played in my sketchbook.
Had a studio visit with MContemporary gallery from Australia- more about this at a later stage.
The photographer Kleinjan Groenewald also traveled to my studio to take photos of me and my recent works (as seen in this post), the rest I still need to upload on my website…all in due time.
I re-read books like the biography of the artist Joseph Cornell (which i highly recommend).
(If you have more must-read suggestions feel free to leave the titles of books in the comment section.)
So with all that happening, I did not make any new years resolutions, and I did not commit to much group shows in January because daily life was happening and consuming me….
“…we have to, out of necessity, construct ourselves every day out of all the different impulses, memories, dreams, pressures, that come to us. In that sense the job of the artist is to demonstrate through the form of art what it is that everybody has to struggle through daily.” -William Kentridge
Oh, this is my Que for saying goodbye for now
and so I will end with this quote by Mark Mason:
“Fucks are cultivated like a beautiful fucking garden, where if you fuck shit up and the fucks get fucked, then you’ve fucking fucked your fucks all the fuck up.”