WHAT INSPIRES MY ARTWORK
Ah, the question I get at almost every art show- never fails. No matter what artwork I am displaying, the first thing that people want to ask me is what inspires me. Of course, I could say that there is a long list of things that inspire me. I find that there is beauty in everything and the magic behind our normal, daily, routine can be inspiring. But of course, there is more to it.
I would say that seeking wisdom is at the core of all my artwork. I find myself questioning and challenging the basic principles of living here as a human and when I go to create artwork, I am setting time to have a dialogue with my thoughts. My artwork might evolve and change as I find better mediums and places for this conversation to continue to happen through, but overall, the inspiration remains the same. Who Am I? What are my Values? How do I live in alignment with myself? Where can I find myself connected with the present moment? And Why do I live here on this planet?
The themes within all my artwork are connected to my own personal narrative. I am hugely inspired by my imagination, spiritual teachings, mindfulness, holistic practices, my family, nature, magical rituals, isolation/solitude, and my journey through woman and motherhood.
A lot of the messages inside my work are about standing tall in the present moment. Fulfilling your utmost highest potential by being truly yourself. I have lived my life outside of integrity at some point in my ever evolving life, but it was long enough for me to know that I don't plan on ever living outside of that ever again. And that's why I create the art, I do. I am inspired to share, to tell a story, to create a message around the wisdom that I learn through my minds eye's imaginative lens.
I don't usually think of any other outside source other than my own narrative when creating art, which is why I find myself changing from one topic to another. I am a fluid being. Thoughts and wisdom have peaks and valleys with where I identify my own wild being.
I stick with bright colors because that is what feels good to me and I stick with the magical-ness of motherhood and nature because that's where I also feel most positive. I find myself to be in a place where I am dealing with a lot of solitude and when I find myself outside of the isolation, it's merely because I am seeking the relationships of mother nature.
For a long period of time, I used to dance to seek this wisdom about myself. I would be on dance floors for hours, dancing along to the music, but never really connecting with others. Lost in my own world, learning different ways to move my body and ignite that connection with the music. It was as if I was in a relationship with creation itself.
Lately, creation and I have been in couples counseling. Learning new ways to communicate with one another and I have really been trying to give myself more time for myself. Creation, isn't too happy about that, but that's okay. The more time I get for myself and resting, the more healthy I will be for new artworks and skills that I can experiment with that keep me in alignment with who I am and why I am here. Besides, I think that these moments of rest, solitude, and healing develop more patience with my 'creative breakthroughs'.
So what inspires me? Life inspires me. Being a woman inspires me. Waking up everyday as a Mother and a Wife inspire me. Understanding that there is a deeper meaning to all of this. The lessons and how to live in between the strength and grace of all of it.
Please, feel free to share what inspires you. I'd love to hear.