Why do I do what I do? That's the exact question I've had to ask myself recently. And it's a harder one than I ever expected.
One of the many tasks I need to complete is writing an artist statement. It's basically a short paragraph explaining the art that I create, why I create it, and what I think the viewer should get from viewing my work. Considering I'm often writing about myself it seems like it should be an easy task but I find myself truly struggling.
Yesterday I sat for a few hours with my good friends, Barbarella and David Fokos. They are both working creatives that know their shit when it comes to writing and what you need to move forward as an artist. They have also been incredibly supportive of my journey and helping me where they can. As for yesterday, they gave me some therapy.
On the Fokos' merlot, leather couch the session began where therapy always begins...childhood. It only makes sense to begin at the beginning to figure out why one does the thing they do. Over the next few hours David steered me through the path of my past to unravel the present...Barb interjected with perfectly turned phrases I tried my best to dictate. There were a few moments of self-doubt (both of them quelled those quickly). There were a few AH-HA moments. There were a few connections that were made (some worked better than others). In the end, a clearer picture emerged.
There's still quite a bit of work I need to do before I will have a completed statement down. However, with a little help from my friends I'll be answering that damn question "Why do I do what I do?" much sooner than if I was facing it on my own. This has been a wonderful reminder that accepting help can be vastly more rewarding than flailing on your own AND sometimes you need the perspective of someone else to unlock the mysteries of yourself.
But what about you? Do you know why you do the things you do? Or are you a creative that also struggles to find the words to describe your work and motivation? If you don't struggle, what's your freakin' secret???