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The Secret Ingredient

June 24, 2013

front flippin 1


Deep down I know I’m getting back into the game with my work, it’s taken a long time to reverse my feelings of discontent into feelings of relevance but it’s been worth it. In some ways age can hold you in its spell of expectation which needs to be broken in order to set you free (into the land of expectation and possibilities). Sometimes I feel there is a natural expectation to settle into comfortable ways with age, you know taking it easy and wearing slippers and all that shit but I’m finding the opposite works for me. It’s like you expect to be established and for everything to be hunky dory but in a way those physical and psychological comforts can lead to differing levels of mediocrity when what you really need as an artist is edginess to stimulate your creativity. For (a non art) example yesterday it was my sons birthday party and we had a bouncy castle in the back garden, I couldn’t make myself do a front flip yet I desperately wanted to and my nephew kept egging me on until eventually I did, breaking down a massive psychological barrier/fear that I had, I then went on to do it about a hundred times. This is quite a trivial example of a state of being where you’re constantly held back by the baggage you carry and if you take the courageous steps to confront and challenge them your whole world opens up to new possibilities and you can move forward. Though ultimately I feel what I’m writing about is the whole balance of my life and there is nothing quite like the interaction with others to demonstrate who and where you are and for now it’s all good for me. I feel that my circumstances are finally forcing the best out of me as I push forward gripped with determination to overcome my impediments and it really is something I’ve had to work on day after day for the last two years. But now I feel that I know what I’m doing with my life, why I’ m doing it and how I’m going to go about doing it in the future. I can’t tell you how much of a relief it is to really believe in what I’m doing once again and that very feeling allows me to appreciate what others do in a more respectful way too because my issues are no longer a barrier. It’s a complex balance that is in part contradictory and one that I find hard to articulate with words but it feels like an absolute necessity for my own equilibrium. 🙂


unfinished sketch

dismountAnd the secret ingredient!!!

Well a little bit of craziness goes a long way when it comes to art 🙂

One Comment
  1. Balance, it’s a good thing! Useful in life and art, and a necessity for a sculpture…


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