Suffer without your art…..?

Posted: March 31, 2015 in Studio Practice, Thought Process - Conversations
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March 31st 2015

Suffer without my art.

I like to paraphrase Todd Snider when I say.

I don’t go into the studio to change anyone’s mind about anything

I go into the studio to ease my own mind about everything.

 We are going through a massive shift in our lives as we prepare for life in Shanghai for the next four years.

When you make a monumental shift like this it brings energies and perspectives and experiences to the foreground. Some good, some bad, and others that seem to just want to hang out. Unless you have made this type of shift from unknown culture to unknown culture, you cant really wrap your head around how it all works.

What has made it work for us in the past may not be what makes it work for us in the now. There have always been a few constants for me as we take this journey. My wife, my son, and my art.

The tricky piece is to know how to balance those things and how to refuel the ones, who need it, reassure the ones who need it, and evolve gracefully while doing so.

I have never really done anything gracefully. …..

 While going through all the paperwork, endless questions, endless discussions, and dealing with understanding and needs it certainly puts the art on the back burner. Making art isn’t something I feel like I am supposed to do. It is something that makes me a better person and helps me stay deeply connected to the human condition. Right now it is impossible to get into the studio.   It is easy for people around me to say, make or take time, but that just frustrates me further because in saying that they don’t understand the depth of the creative or reactionary process that artists go through.

 I know this for certain, with all this peripheral noise, I cant even think of entering the studio

Without the studio there is no art, with out the process of art I am not a better person

I have heard the term that artists need to suffer for their art, but I never really bought into that, but what I do now know for certain is that for me,

 I suffer without my art.

 That’s all for today Debbie downer of an entry.

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Comments
  1. Anthonie Wagner says:

    Thinking of you all.

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