At this moment, I’m feeling overwhelmed by just about everything. There’s always so many things to do. I can’t keep up with all the posts I want to read on here and it’s even harder to find time to write a post. I thought at first that my main interest would naturally be art but I’m finding myself more drawn to people I relate to. Those who find themselves in a similar situation to myself. Mostly to do with my physical and mental health. I did have email notices at first from everyone I followed. Ahhhh! My inbox was incredibly full. If I’d spent the whole day reading posts I would still have not been able to read them all, let alone write one. I’m so tired as well. I have a vitamin deficiency. I shall find out more about this on Thursday, I think it’s vitamin D. I have a sudden run of exhibition work, one I need to take down on Thursday, one to deliver to on Tuesday, one I submitted to today, another coming up in June. I’m so pleased I didn’t accept the one in Chelsea that invited me, although I really hope that next year I will be able to take up more of these type of offers. As it is I can’t keep up with the local ones, especially as I’ve been unwell. That is nothing unusual though. I just hate that my health prevents me from reaching my potential. That each day I’m too tired to carry out all of the tasks I want to do. It’s so frustrating. At last I have the opportunities but cannot accept. I constantly live in hope that I will improve but when I’m depressed, it somehow seems more realistic to come to terms with the fact that this is permanent. I believe in my work and at last have some direction but I just don’t think I can do much with it. I am thinking of ways to overcome this and hopefully will but at the moment it all seems so distant and unachievable. I am so tired right now and need to go to bed. I have so many things I want to do! Arrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggg!
April 27, 2014
I Can’t Keep Up!
I'm an artist and have been since I can remember. Being an artist is one thing that has remained constant. At 10 I received my first oil painting set and by the age of 14 I had my first piece of work in a local gallery window. I am not an artist by choice, art chose me but I am extremely happy that it did. It is my path and vocation and the right thing to do for me. As long as I am doing that then I am doing the right thing, there is no question about that for me. It's a spiritual experience that is difficult to explain but I am sure other artists will understand exactly what I am saying. Here is my artist's statement to explain what my art is about:- I am currently a practicing artist living in Dovercourt. I previously taught in London and was a self-employed supply teacher where I live now. I studied Fine Art at Camberwell, and at Goldsmiths in London for a Post Graduate certificate in education. I also studied for a BSc in Computer Aided Visualisation at the Anglia Polytechnic University and Art Therapy at the Institute for Art in Therapy and Education. Unable to work outside of the home due to disability both mental and physical, I now focus on my multi-disciplinary art practice full time. My work has been inspired by Carl Jung for a long time and exploring my unconscious for even longer. I work through painting, assemblage and installation, employing various strategies to access animus, the shadow, and my soul. Through creative expression, I attempt to externalise the inner reality of my psyche. My work acts as a mirror where I try to see my soul - the inner workings of my mind. It transcends persona and barriers to connect with my true self where I hope to reconcile internal conflicts and heal myself. It would be impossible to communicate these aspects of my psyche verbally. The work is full of symbolism and archetypes which I believe are viewed in turn by the viewer in an unconscious manner. I hope that this will also be as therapeutic for the audience as it is for myself. My work is healing, especially to those who have mental health issues. I invite others to have a glimpse of a mind that is often troubled, anxious and depressed and to find empathy and understanding for people who are suffering from mental illness. I hope to touch the soul of anyone viewing my work. Currently, my work is mostly abstract in style but just as I can see archetypal images and symbols within the abstracts that reflect my own soul I hope that the abstract will act as a mirror to the viewer where they will see relevant images that relate to their own psyche. I am diagnosed with bipolar disorder and BPD(Borderline personality disorder) sometimes known as emotional intensity disorder. I believe this latter diagnosis has developed through a number of traumas occurring through my life. I wish to raise awareness of mental illness through my work and hope to one day be able to show to many more people where I will have a forum to discuss the difficulties that these problems bring. View all posts by larainbriggs
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