I know it seems counterintuitive, but I decided to attend an artist residency to get away from my art.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the work I do as an artist. But over the years, I have experienced a change in my relationship to art making.
When you depend on art as a sole means to support yourself, you change things. I have realized that “do what you love & you’ll never have to work a day in your life” is, in fact, very misleading. The truth is, you have to work really, really hard. Perhaps even harder precisely because the work means so much to you.
In a nutshell, I ask a lot from my art. In turn, my art asks a lot from me. It’s a symbiotic relationship. At times, all of that pressure ends up being an extremely heavy burden to bear. I've often wondered if it would be in both of our best interests to give each other up.
I came to Mexico to change my relationship with my art.
Create some space between us.
Allow each other to breathe.
See things anew.
Make unforeseen connections.
Organic Painting Residency
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.