What an absolute honour to have been asked by Seth to participate in his first book ‘The Pulse of Mixed Media’! We have ‘known’ one another for quite sometime and I remember well our first email contact regards the inaugural Artful Blogging magazine and how excited we both were to be published in the same magazine Over time we have become friends, good friends I happily add. We chat, we skype, we support, we listen. We send tubes and cubes and piles of artwork back and forth and very happily work on top of one anothers art (he is one of the few I could work with in such a way..). And we even tried to set up an event where we could teach workshops together as a team of two. And maybe I am hopeful but I can see it happen sometime in the future..
Contributing to a book so rich in variety and with such an inspiring group of artists has been humbling to say the least. When Seth asked for a self-portrait, I took quite an inquisitive appraoch and needed to sit back to reflect on who I am as a person..
Thank you Seth, for making this happen and thanks to all the other contributors who have made this book an absolutely amazing piece of work!
In The Pulse of Mixed Media, as contributors, we were asked quite a few different questions by Seth and I answered in an honest and authentic way. Mind you, answering in such a manner is not always easy when you know the words are going to be published and thus open for all to read! But I believe in the power of transparency, openness and authenticity so all good. But I wonder…
How do you deal with authenticity, not only in the words you share with others but also through symbolic meaning in your artwork, as you and I know can possibly reveal so much?
(seth’s answer will be edited in here later today..)
(not the best image but at least a fairly recent page out of my journal..)
I noticed some people commented on my being absent from my blog.. And yes, it has been a looooong time and when I have posted, it has been very infrequently. I have gone through a stretch of wondering why on earth anyone would be interested in anything I would have to share and/or show. On top of that I have had my fair share of personal turmoil, emotional turbulence and sharing anything about this publicly on my blog did not feel ‘right’ so to speak.
Slowly I am coming back into sharing more of my work again and opening my self up, vulnerabilities and all. Because of the nature of the past couple of years I haven’t really gotten into teaching very much either, but this might change soon