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Art The “Bridge Style” Way

November 16, 2013

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I’ve been pushing myself as hard as I can for what must be over two years now and become quite lost in an open-ended process of exploring my art. It feels quite existential at the moment as I work on what I feel each day with no long-term goals or expectations. The truth is that I have no idea where all this exploration will end up and I don’t really care either. It’s been an intense period and put great strains on every aspect of my life, it’s like taking everything to the edge to discover what you have. Mentally it’s tough as you explore outside comfort zones and try to push into new areas shrouded with uncertainty and where there are no guarantees. I do know that fear still holds me back from taking my work to the limit, but bit by bit I’m eroding these barriers to achieve the freedom that I require.
The process is a solitary one too because people are afraid to come on a journey without a fixed destination or time scale. I would describe it as a submission of self into the exploration of ones artistic possibilities. Like a huge gamble on a direction that could be described as a complete antithesis to the current trending and expectations of art in society.
It’s an unpredictable and compelling journey that makes art so exciting on a daily basis but the physical, mental and emotional price feels high at times from the sheer intensity and lack of rest. Sometimes when I catch an unexpected view of myself in the mirror I really see it etched into my face. I had expected to crash and burn about a year ago but have been amazed by just how far I can go by keeping fit and fuelled by the desire to prove my worth as an artist.
Having dedicated my whole life to art I need to take my work to a place where I feel proud of who I am and what I’ve done, that when it came down to it I had the courage to follow my own intuition and vision of art. So it’s a battle to be true to myself and a tough one that breaks me down at times as I struggle to overcome the compromised existence of reality. So it’s not without sacrifice on a personal level but I really see no alternative but to keep on this path. I know I’ve produced my most interesting and challenging work over the past couple of years and hope to take it much further in what ever form it takes .

 

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