In my studio there is an invitation to take risks and experiment with new ideas; it’s ok to not have all the answers. I mimic life experiences in a visual and kinesthetic way through a process-based practice of creating. As I observe my experience in the form of an art piece, I am able to see it from a new perspective and imagine possible futures. The process of making each piece is a form of meditation, which allows me to simply be in the presence of the Divine. I find rest, receiving clarity and experiencing transformation over time.
As a new mother, I find myself moving toward a more integrated way of being. I am asking myself how my arts practice lives in the time I spend being present with my daughter and my spouse. How does the creative spark show up in the repetition of daily tasks and self-care practices? In this particular time and place, communal art-making and restorative justice learning and action are essential threads calling out to be woven into my regular rhythms. As I harness my intention and refine my way of working, some sources I am currently listening to for wisdom are:
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by Adrienne Maree Brown
Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World by Henri Nouwen
Gestures of the Heart, 2nd edition: A Guide for Healing the Residue of Life's Traumas, Songs of Manifestation by Pamela V. Church