Since the search began for my authentic voice as an artist, my intuition has played an enormous role as I have unfolded the layers of myself through each coil I place on a pot. Every carving, every stroke of the burnishing stone, every single firing has brought me closer to who I am. It is development of trust that manifests through the seemingly mundane. The inspiration that shows up while I'm working. In saying that, I have no concept or understanding nor any conscious goal that my work is "supposed" to be something important, relevant or carry any weight whatsoever in the reality of this troubled sometimes soulless world that we live in.
I think it is absolutely imperative for a creator of any kind to get up close and personal with the reasons they create. Is it money? Fame? Social protocol or statements? Political Activism? Believe me when I say that I have no judgment on why other artists create. I simply know, for myself, the clarity of my actions are intimate with the source.
I create for the sake of beauty. Nothing complicated, nothing with a deep seated, complex platform. I just have an undying need to be a small part of making my life and maybe this world just a little more beautiful than yesterday.
Am I a simpleton? Probably. Will I be looked over and rejected, judged and belittled by those that are well heeled or more finely educated? That's already happened. But here's the deal......at the end of my days, when I am taking the last sweet breaths from this life, I want to look back and say, no matter what else transpired, I created by my own standards, my own ideals, my own thoughts and visions - not someone else's.
The power plays, the marginalizing by others about my art, well, that's never, ever, going to stop. But if I allow their barbs, slights and unkind comments to influence my direction or cause me to STOP creating......well that's a "me" thing.
All of this can be transferred into the other aspects of life as well. There will ALWAYS be someone better. There will be those that believe the bad "hype", the jealousy, the threatened and the power control models. But "who" matters most when it comes to your life or my life is looking straight back in the mirror. All the mood lighting in the world can't soften the truth of self respect.
Know who you are and let that not just be enough. Let is be all you need to know to guide you toward your own beauty ❤️