Self reflection has a way of making itself the most difficult type of evaluation. When our eyes become almost useless, we are forced to use our other senses and resources to self evaluate. I know I am not alone in this, but one of the most difficult aspects of my artwork is being able to write about it. It is only just recently that I feel like I have an artist statement that correctly represents my work. Check it out here to see what I’m talking about. I’m confident it isn’t perfect, but much improved.
Several month’s ago I was engaged in a conversation with a young woman who said to me, “Well, if you can’t be yourself, be a unicorn”. At first, I laughed about it, but then thought, maybe she’s onto something here. For me, that unicorn represents unlimited boundaries and possibilities, making the idea of being one so attractive. Perhaps more attractive than being yourself, where the chance of failure exists. Lately I have begun to question, is it reasonable to think that perhaps this “badass unicorn” and myself are actually one in the same? Of course, I don’t expect to look at myself in the mirror everyday and feel that strong and confident about myself and everything that is going on in my life. But I am beginning to expect that I can still hold those unlimited boundaries and possibilities no matter what I see in the mirror, because that’s exactly what I expect to see in my artwork everyday. That’s one of the reasons I love art so much. It can be anything, to anyone at anytime and doesn’t have an end in sight. So how could I believe that so strongly about my art and not about myself, given that my art is, in effect, an extension of myself?
Therefor, I am committing myself to engaging in this new perspective. And I am writing it here so you can all keep tabs on me! Self reflection, here I come…and I am bringing my badass unicorn with me.