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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

a clean break.

another year has come and gone in a mere blink of an eye. i had an incredible 2014 and accomplished a lot: a book, a residency in france, a solo show, plus many other small feats. for years i have been wanting to change things in my work life but have never  been fully successful in doing so. for those of you who don’t know me in person, i work a lot. a LOT. i am always working. i’m like a production machine, making multiples (sometimes 500) of the same thing over and over and over again.  a few weeks ago i broke my foot. it was a full clean break, and i am taking this as a sign from the universe: i am making a clean break in my work life. the timing is impeccable and i am finally convinced that i need to slow down and make some changes. i broke my foot by running down a flight of stairs at full speed because i am always in a hurry.

(not feeling guilty anymore about knitting all morning !)

the gist of this change is to be an “artist” rather than a “production artist.” to slow down. to focus. i want to make one-of-a-kind work, i want to make BIG work, i want to paint, i want to knit, i want to experiment, i want to make what i want to make instead of what people want me to make. i’m not quite sure how this will spill over into the commercial end of my work, but i do know that i am going to take at least TWO months off to just be creative in my studio and to not worry about making work that will sell. it has been a long time coming and it feels good to finally follow my heart. stay tuned . . . you can still see what i’m up to here and here.

tomorrow we leave for mexico, where the sea of cortez meets the pacific ocean. what better place to start the new year and to begin my new work life !