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Monday, August 17, 2009

8.17.09 - 351/365

in the studiowhile i was spending another day in the "disconnect zone"
i thought about my conversation w/lauren yesterday:
trying to describe where i'm at, i said:

"it's not so much that i've
come out of something
gone through something
it's more that i am accepting this part of the journey"

i actually now see that i am on the exact same path as i've been for years
if i look at the work
there is a total continuum;
from 3 years ago
when i was barely working
when i started back for real in the studio 7 months ago

(my feelings aside,
the reality is these 7 large canvases didn't just materialize out of thin air
nor did those 8 smaller ones, or the countless watercolors)

what has changed is my perspective
how i choose to look at things,
through what lens
so maybe it's not "choose"
but this disconnect is just a powerful feeling
about my relationship to to my process,
the process is a separate thing,
sometimes, almost in spite of myself

the trick is to manage to keep on going,
day after day,
making the space and time to make things;
that's the process,
how i feel about it is something else

(this was a concept that was always difficult for me to grasp,
when people would say:
"but that's just a feeling"
i would think
"but that's what matters, that's what defines me"
but that's not really true
there is "me"
there is what i do
there is how i feel about it
they are 3 separate things
and it's a choice how strongly i identify with any or all of them)

and yes
the way i seem to feel about my process now
is that it is unfamiliar
and that's difficult
but it doesn't really mean very much
as long as i have faith
and keep working

what has changed recently
is my ability to accept this state,
tolerate this p.o.v.
that's all

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1 comment:

SeLFs said...

( i probabLy shouLdn'T saY thiS\buT i wiLL)
==yoU LooKs YounG
==NiCe coLoRs aNd foCuS

(maY i caLL yoU DeaR?)
i'M jusT FEELING mY sickneSS==
BuT woRRy NOT/
i stiLL mighT LiVe 60 moRe YeaRs
iF i caN igNoRe thE PaiN...