This week I went on a personal journey of reading through some old journals. I wanted to find passages that were either meaningful or meaningful in the moment. What were some pivotal moments in my life? I would ask myself as I read through the many entries.
The reason I chose to explore through these journals is because as I continue making prints that are documenting my life, my journals do the same. I am exploring writing on paper before the cyanotype is done and will be excited to report back the results.
"What separates artists from ex-artists is that those who challenge their fears, continue: those who don't, quit"- Art and Fear
When I began reading through my journals, old emotions came flooding back fast. A fear I have within my work is getting personal. Throughout my life privacy has always been held with high esteem and when I confront my art with those private parts, I get scared. Scared of what others will think and maybe even scared of what I will see. An old saying among basket weavers is 'A weaver must be in a good frame of mind before starting their work, because if they are not then it will show in the weaving'. Being aware of this fear puts me one step closer to conquering it. As I approach these next few weeks I will remind myself of the quote from Art and Fear so that the work that I make will not only be personal but relatable to others.
12 hours of reading journals and Art and Fear
6 hours of brainstorming
3 hours of photographing
4 hours of drawing
Total this week: 25 hours
Total overall: 114 hours