“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Dr. Howard Thurman
“I do, I undo, I redo” is one of my favorite quotes by Louise Bourgeois, because it is so relevant to my practice lately.
The same artist also said the following in a documentary about her work:
“It’s difficult to be a woman and to be like-able. This desire to be like-able…its really a pain in the neck. How are you going to be like-able and be yourself? There are doubts. I’m full of doubts”
Before my son took these photos, we had a nice chat about my work. He said he kind of like it, but it is a bit strange….(mmm coming from an eleven year old boy who likes zombies etc), but he explained that flowers coming from vaginas and images where it looks like I’m ripping my rib-cage open with a skull as head, qualifies to him as ‘weird’. He also added that he hope people will “like” my work.
I realize that to him at this stage of his life it is very important to be liked and to ‘fit’ in with his peers. How do I explain to him that as an artist I’ve grown a thick skin and that to me being liked is not as important as to do what I like?
Someone also told me some time ago that they “like” my work but will not be able to live with it in their home. Which I understand and accept, but in this day and age where everyone on social media wants a bunch of likes and for a boy dreaming about a Playstation VR headset which he hopes he can get when I sell lots and lots of work…it is not so easy to comprehend.
So I will leave you with this quote I saw on the internet recently:
is not about how many people
like your work
if your heart likes your work
if our soul likes your work
it’s about how honest
you are with yourself
- rupi kaur
“Sometimes, when I find I haven’t written a single sentence after scribbling whole pages, I collapse on my couch and lie there dazed, bogged in a swamp of despair, hating myself and blaming myself for this demented pride that makes me pout after a chimera. A quarter of an hour later, everything has changed; my heart is pounding with joy.” Gustave Flaubert
“The artist’s life cannot be otherwise than full of conflicts, for the two forces are at war within him – on the one hand the common human longing for happiness, satisfaction and security in life, and on the other a ruthless passion for creation which may go so far as to override every personal desire…There are hardly any exceptions to the rule that a person must pay dearly for the divine gift of creative fire.” Carl Jung
it feels like i’m entering ‘hibernation’ mode for this coming winter, so I’ve been a bit slow with the studio-newsletter thing….but here’s a link:
“Unless you have been thoroughly drenched in perspiration you cannot expect to see a palace of pearls on a blade of grass.” The Blue Cliff Record
On another note….I received this message today:
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With my new body of work I aim to refine my embroidery skills. Testing different types of thread and yarn, because the same stitch can produce different effects when different types of thread are employed. With that said, not every type of thread or stitch will work with rubber.
While doing research on embroidery techniques I found the following quotes. I always assumed that I employ a satin stitch in my work:
After reading this I realised that my stitching is not that ‘perfect’, and I do not have a great deal of patience…and then i found this:
So I thought, hang on, maybe the type of embroidery I do is possibly a combination of “satin stitch” and “laid work”.
mmm…maybe i can re-name my stitches to “laid-back-satin-stitch”….or “laid-back-rubber-stitch 😉