A VERY PERSONAL POST, Few thoughts from a mum artist.
Being a mum, it doesn’t suit very well any job because IT IS A FULL TIME JOB. If it happens that you are very passionate about your job like I do with my art and being a mum, you are going to have it the hard way J.
I constantly get the best inspiration and the best life experience from my motherhood and the time spent with my children but at the same time I am called by my pencils, colors, canvas and paint, they really want me to go to them, but I cant do it at any time; if Gemma for example joins me I no longer can use what ever I am using because what is in my hands is more exciting that not what she has J. It is a complete contradiction it is my inspiration and at the same time my struggle, but as it is said in the struggle we really tap in our deep resources.
Being a mother and an artist are my greatest joy, being a mum and an artist made me grow and be more aware of many things; on the artistic side one for example is that an art work made in ten minutes has some qualities I could have never reached even if I would have spent hours on it, and trust me I made many ten minutes art works, some more accomplished, some less, but they all bring me to a new point of my artistic evolution. Another aspect of my experience as a mum artist is that I find inspired at times with the most uncommon findings like a bird nest found in the garden, like Gemma’s genuine art works and mostly their love, smiles and unpredictable new discoveries.
I wake up trying to get going with cups and cups of coffee from a night of “duty” and I start my day organizing the house, once done I need my young little creature to be stimulated and especially I need to get them, for now only one, TIRED!! Than there is lunch, cleaning, reorganizing, and all these things that were not planned but that happened to fix and deal with, like a moment of tiredness that created a tantrum J. Once this is done and hoping that the creatures are tired enough I put them to sleep, but at least for me, it is not an easy process and at the end of it I tried so hard that I am a sleep too!
This is the time! I cant loose any minute and I have to MAKE ART, or do what ever I feel inspired for, this hour and an half is the most saturated of all and being not well rested and knowing that time is passing by doesn’t help, I anyways for a reasons I am not aware of, keep going back to my art, to my colors, my thoughts, and I create! The most enriching activity I find suits me! Than my loves wake up well rested and with a smile, I am happy and still tired thinking in advance at what is going to be the dinnertime and getting ready with snack and changes for clothing for another activity. There are plenty of variations of this day but being a mum and an artist carries with it always similar special and precious feeling that any day have, no matter what you do, I whish for everybody to experience being a mum and particularly being a mum artist, an experience of its own.
P .S . Than sometime help comes and it gets a bit easier :)
My most recent twenty minutes art piece!
Nice Unpredictable results :)
Art in the history of humanity reached different forms and purposes, mans always felt the necessity of this kind of expression for different reasons. It seems that nowadays art is considered for a big part as decoration of different spaces; but when it decorates it also does something else? I NEVER make art considering its future or potential decorative purpose, if it has one, I always make art motivated by what I feel inside and I care for, often it comes from my life experience and driven by the art process, always so unpredictable. Art today, like always, carries with it a universe of a person that live in a time and in a space and this is something that art can represent so uniquely. Than reflecting on the fact that we today use it as a decoration quite often brings about a very subjective topic that it cannot be resolved in only one way, it depends on who decorates and what you decorate. I had a conversation quite animated and quite felt about the fact that some art is not meant for lived spaces because it is too charged or it can cause distress. I believe that “hotel art” (not felt, cold, often poor prints) should not be done or used and that an image even if strong can tell something special to the person who feels a connection with it. I believe that in art we should care about who likes our art and not about who doesn’t because it means that the artist and that person shares something particular together, and not with the person who doesn’t like the piece.
The images and shapes that art can create are infinite and they speak differently to different persons but than the decorative aspect is a “second moment” consideration that is too personal to be judged. We decorate ourselves with clothing, styles, make up and we decorate spaces we feel ours as well, the fact that than we have to share those spaces with other people is another “second moment” consideration to make and sometime we have to mitigate for the well being of everybody. But I think that everybody should have his or her personal and unique free space to create, that is his or hers, and I think that nobody should make or not make art driven by the fact that it would be too much to handle for some people.
We cannot block the powerful and precious creative impulse of an artist because we don’t like a sort of image to be seen on walls or on a particular room, there are enough people and circumstances for each piece of art to find its right place.
Art wants and request its own freedom.
Images are from collaboration between Hyatt Regency London and Saatchi Gallery London.
For more info Look at the link: http://marylebonejournal.com/culture/art-break-hotel
My desire would be that everyone that could share anything related to art, their art, art making, art viewing with no expectation but with the same freedom that brought ME making all my works.