I haven't posted anything here in over two years! Partly because I've been at a loss for what to say, always feeling too busy to write... and then, we had this year of lock down and political upheaval. I did my best to stay positive and keep working throughout - making and making and making - and giving as much as I could to the social justice causes that were calling to me.
Words have often failed me and yet I now feel the pull to write again and share my thoughts and feelings alongside my artwork. So, here we go - a new commitment to start blogging again and I'm leaving the big gap in place to remind myself that it is never too late to start (again). Yes, I'm resisting the urge to go in and change the dates on those old posts because the most important thing to me is authenticity! I hope to find the right words that resonate with my artwork and we'll start right here and now.
My latest piece 'Kaleidoscope' is a celebration of new energy and a search for resilience - a springing back to life after a difficult period. Hours and hours of hand embroidered French Knots were my meditation on change and neuroplasticity* imprinting my brain with new colorful ways of knowing: knowing that I am coming into my own as an artist, knowing that my life is about to change in a BIG way, and knowing that no matter how much I try to control it, there will be moments that spring to life unexpectedly. The impulse to weave wire into my work was just that - one of those impulsive moments that literally took me by surprise. I had no idea how it would turn out when I started and labored over it for days before it started to look like something I wanted to keep. I'm feeling so joyful that I took the plunge and now I can't wait to see where else my artistic experiments will take me.
*Oxford dictionary 'Neuroplasticity': the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury.
The title 'Kaleidoscope' was suggested by two different social media friends and when I looked up the word I came across this synchronous gem of a definition by author, Marquita Herald from her blog Emotionally Resilient Living "The beauty and magic of thinking of life as a kaleidoscope is that you take all of the moments of your life, the good, the bad, and even the ugly and shuffle the sparkly bits and pieces together to create a spectacularly beautiful image, singularly unique and precious because we understand that the slightest shift can quickly change the picture."
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Chronicling my adventures as a Neuro Artist. I love to make work centered on our magnificent brains and learn about how it all works in the process..