I have always been an artist, from early childhood where I would sit and copy trees and birds from books, then stick them on my walls or trace shadows on the pavement with chalk. I would follow my father around while he was building, collecting all his off-cuts, and creating constructions using bent nails, string and glue, or be out in the paddock arranging flowers, sticks and rocks into intricate patterns.
My working life was assisting people with disabilities and often I would run art and craft groups or assist students within metal work, woodwork, art, or ceramics.
It was not till later in life, after my kids had grown and flown, that I began to take my art seriously. Enrolling in ceramics, then drawing and finally making the commitment to do full time study at TAFE completing an Advanced Diploma in both Print Making and Ceramics. It took a long time before I took the big plunge and enrolled in a Batchelor of Art and Design at university which I am still completing.
I love study. Often people consider an art degree an easy, useless degree, but it’s just not about creating. Research takes us on a journey into history, not just history of art but how and why art was made the way it was in the time it was created. We looked into advancements in technology, world events, culture, war, propaganda, and advertising. We’re encouraged to be critical thinkers, and to question ourselves on why we make art and who are we making it for. Are we saying what we want to say with what we are using to say it?
As Artists we have became use to judgment and criticism, because by taking something from in our head or to take a feeling and make it into something real, to delve deep inside and pull out whatever is needed to bring about our creation, and then to put it out in the world for all to see, makes us vulnerable. With art everyone has an opinion, and often people are not averse to saying how or what they feel about a piece of art. As an artist if you stop at our work, it doesn’t matter if you like it or not, we made you look twice at something that was important to us.
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