1) I think of quitting practically every day/week that I’m in the studio. There’s that inevitable wave of profound frustration that occurs when a painting isn’t working and it crushes your psyche. But experience, after all these years, has taught me that patience is the fixer. Ride out the wave—resist the urge to chuck the work out the window—and don’t go back into it during moments of blinding infuriation; shake it off and take a break (not to be confused with passionate driving infuriation—good breakthroughs can come from that).
2) Since day one I’ve always dreamt of having some connection to nature in whatever I planned for my future profession. I loved the idea of being a Naturalist, or an anthropologist—or an archeologist. Sociology was also on the forefront of my interests, so basically the study of human nature, civilizations and anything focused on animal behavior—a culmination of all of the above would have been my 2nd professional choice. Luckily I can address these interests in my art and it checks all the boxes.
1) The thought of quitting rides tandem with the fear of failing to articulate my ideas clearly to others. And in thinking about quitting, I feel a liberation - because the option of quitting is there. At that moment, I know that what I make doesn’t have to be on display, and this practice is for my own articulation - this is first and foremost a way to think out loud and connect with myself, and it has always been that. So then the work reaches a more honest space, and the articulation follows.
2) If I were not an artist, I would want to work in hospitality, build a restaurant. It’s a way to create an experience that others literally consume, and tend to feel a sense of ownership of the space as a patron. Restaurants foster camaraderie and conversation, interaction. I would love to create spaces for these things to happen while supporting sustainable food production, musicians, artists....
1) yes- every other day. What sustains me is the spontaneous ideas and inspiration that hit- and I’m compelled to try to work it out. Problem solving is a big turn on for me.
2) I thought about art conservation for a while, even took a few chemistry courses- the decision not to pursue sometimes haunts me.
1) a) all the time
b) making creates energy within me to give to others- makes me/keeps me a good person. Without it im useless.
2) a hip hop dancer
(Non “creative”? - swimmer)
(Maybe change swimmer to translator/foreign correspondent)
1) Never quitting just moving on. Time is biggest constraint. I am always interested in exploring something. The act of making is so satisfying. The art community I know keeps me curious, allows for different thinking and in that I find comfort and excitement My interest is always piqued.
2) Educator, researcher.