So, if you’ve been following me on Facebook at all, you might know that one of my goals this year was to get more rejection letters than last year, which I passed in early summer- June-ish. Currently, I’m at more than 30 rejections, and until last week, ZERO acceptances. I have two exhibitions coming up this year, but knew of both before January. I haven’t posted many details about them yet, because I don’t like to post too much about any new projects until they’re confirmed, so as not to jinx them. When I hit 30 rejections, without any acceptances, I decided that it was time to stop counting, as it was starting to undermine my confidence.
Anyway, my acceptance- I’ll be going back to the Gushul Studio in March! I’m really looking forward to going back there, and wish I could leave next week! I feel like I need the time to really focus on developing some new work. I am finding that really difficult here in Calgary, working full time hours- by the time I get home from work, eat and maybe check my email, it’s almost 7:00, which means I’ll get two to 2 1/2 hours a night to work on my own stuff, if I’m lucky. I am trying to get as much time in as I can, but it’s definitely a challenge to develop any momentum, making work, stepping back to contemplate it, adjusting, remaking. You know, the process.
Anyway, I’ll be going back to the Gushul Studio in March. You might remember I was there before, in September of 2011, collaborating with a complete-stranger-turned-good-friend, Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed. We were paired together, to work together, and through our experience made this piece, which we called Ephemeral Home. While I wanted to go back together at some point, Latifa is not able to join me, as she is currently in England, pursuing a Master’s Degree in herbal medicine. (Way to go, Latifa!)
My intention while I’m there is to really focus on two things: making work, and listening to myself. I am going without a concrete plan, other than just to make things, and am really curious to see what happens. I am intending to bring all kinds of materials, tools and supplies, whatever I can manage to fit into the Cruiser. I will have no distractions there, no friends, no tv, no day job, so I’m hoping I will come out of it with some new-found wisdom. We’ll see.
And, it’s one of my favorite places in the world. And, the trains!!