Artists need a balance, well several balances – no matter which aspect of creative life I think about there is always a point at which a balance has to be found. Between reading/researching and actual making; paid work and studio time for example.
Yesterday I stumbled upon an uplifting element of my current balancing act – which makes me realise that I have always got to be on the look out for the moment when things just come together – and nurture it.
I am helping to organise a group show with college friends taking place in London this October. Because most of the group have just graduated and its holiday time it makes coordinating things difficult – getting the ACE application done, agreeing on publicity etc via Facebook has its problems!
So after a meeting with just three of us yesterday I came home with my mind bursting – pleased with our progress but aware that its really tricky trying to pull things together like this! And its a constant concern – will we get this grant? will we get a good invite list together? will everyone turn up?!
At the meeting Daisy suggested making a new FaceBook page as a promotional thing where we show out work and ideas and progress as we run up to the show.
I made the page last night and invited the group members to starting posting their current work. And within minutes images started appearing and conversations started happening. And there was a balance – the new page has created a space where we can share our enjoyment of our work not the stresses of the organisational side and it feels like a rush of freedom.
This is what we all do it for isn’t it – to make work and share with like minded people the experience, to align ourselves and to move our work on. Hopefully the rest of the group will feel supported by this page too – it feels like a really good addition to the whole project. This rush of freedom has given me fresh energy and I’m feeling excited again.
Our page is called PaperFields www.facebook.com/PaperFieldsatBurts
and our exhibition runs from 15th – 22nd October at R.K.Burts Gallery London SE1 1SG