“[Sacred space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen”. ~ Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth
I’ve finally reached the point where I am ready to commit to living a creative life and finding the time for “making stuff”. If you want to be good at what you do, you have to do it. At last I’m listening to my own good advice! I have set aside two days a week for creative projects. This year I hope to share more of my own creative work with the world. I hope you will join me!
Take a bad dream and ferment it into a bad mood. Allow the mood to colour your outlook (nup, nothing good about today!).
Walk with eyes downcast and don’t allow the bright sky in. But those sneaky cheerful angels are out to find you. They plant stuff on the concrete. Today, a plastic, impossibly cute purple dolphin. Okay, pick it up and my mood lifts slightly.
Keep walking. Eyes still down cast.
Five minutes on… whaaat??? an impossibly happy blue smiley face sticker. I never see this kind of stuff on my good days! Yes, but then I’m not usually looking at the foot path!
What’s the message in this? Can’t deny I feel a bit happier, a bit more connected to the world and it’s mysterious ways of communicating with us.
Cook it by making a little affirmation tag to remind me that the universe plays and to lighten up a bit.
Let it cool and then hang it somewhere eye catching.
Last month I went by invitation to meet my friend Gary Solomon at the Yarra Sculpture Gallery where he is currently artist- in -residence. We played around with some of the old bits of wood he had brought along to work with. We ended up making a mandala just for fun.
Gary talks about how he creates his unique sculptures:
Some are industrial moulds which were used in industry over a 100 years ago. I love old pieces of wood and the character that emerges over time. My method is to simply put a white drop sheet down on the ground and then place all the different pieces of wood on it and to simply play with them. Often a combination appeals to me and I lay them out and step back and consider it. For some reason certain pieces of wood work in conjunction with others and a sculpture can be formed from the simplest of combinations.
Question (me): Figures feature prominently in your sculptures and paintings. What inspires them?
(GS): I am inspired by tribal art, art of antiquity and children’s art and all use the figure as a means of expression.
This is your first residency after working many years in your home studio. How has working in this communal space affected your creative process?
This residency has challenged me to extend myself and to take some risks. Having a deadline has really motivated me to work really hard towards the exhibition on March 6.
Your advice to creatives on how to keep the creative juices flowing?
If you keep being passionate about art and do something creative each day then often exciting things happen.
Why is art making important to you?
Art making is important to me as it is something that I love doing. It’s what I am passionate about in life and I love developing as an artist. It is something that I hope to keep doing all my life.
Finish this sentence: “Every day I ………………………”
Every day I say affirmations to myself that have personal meaning for me.
Gary Solomon’s exhibition opens at the Yarra Sculpture Gallery Friday 6th March 2015 6-9pm, 117 Vere St Abbotsford, 3067.
The exhibition runs from Wednesday 4th March till Sunday 15th March. Opening hours are 10am-5pm
There will be an Open Studio Barbecue where you can meet all the artists in this Summer residency Saturday 7th Feb 2-5pm.
Paper doll cut outs with personal messages on the back are a great way for women to share their wisdom with one another. I recently had all my guests at a birthday afternoon tea do this for me. For those who were unable to attend, I mailed out a doll for them to complete. When I have them back I will string the dolls together into a circle of Women’s Wisdom as a reminder of the support women provide for me in my life and the wisdom of the feminine.
I used a template I found on line and scrap booking paper from Aldi to make these dolls.