A website is a giant collection of ideas, images and words. Each of these objects holds a memory. With the click of a mouse this “physical” manifestation of a career’s worth of memories can be edited. What does this mean for the artist as curator of their own stories.
When I said that I was going to go Norfolk Island as a student, more than one person asked why. “But you already know how to paint” they said. “But you’re a professional artist” they said.
I anticipated learning about one new thing a day. And I noted those. But when I began the list for those 7 days on the island, it was closer to five things a day. And there’s probably more yet.
Twice recently I’ve been asked about how to write an artist cv. The first artist applying for a grant for a workshop, the second needing one to complete an entry for a juried art show. Time, it seemed, to share some info from my “Success and the Business of Artwork” professional development workshop that I’ve been teaching for a few years now.
In any business, there’s an ebb and flow of crisis and calm, overlaid with the day-to-day strategies that plod along getting things done. I realised that allocating time to the garden – a less important job in my week – took the worry of it not being done, and gave me more time for everything else.