Being a married 30-something woman, with a perfectly normal full time job and all of the normal obligations/responsibilities of a wife, daughter, sister and friend, I honestly find it hard to reach out to my artistic self.
I don't mean that to be creative I have to be depressed or anything. But for me, being artistic means I have to tell everyone and everything else in my life to f-off for awhile, while I fully immerse myself in the buoyancy of creativity.
Perhaps that is why the 4th room in the house has lain in neglect. Setting it up as my studio has been a start and stop project for the past year. Just like my aversion to watching tv series that require full attention span to connect the storyline, I am reluctant to fully commit to the home studio concept.
I am having too much fun (almost) not working on weeknights and weekends, getting enough sleep, not drinking too much coffee, and not constantly day dreaming and planning ceramics.
Fortunately, I am a very determined, committed person. Receiving the ArtStart grant is a stiff kick up the bum to start doing things again. I swear.
Irine is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts' Artstart Grant (June 2014-2015).
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