Daily Archives: October 3, 2014

Timeout for Art: No time for Art

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I am an artist.

I wasn’t always comfortable saying that.

It seems presumptuous, still, in some ways, to put myself in the company of others that seem more deserving of that title.

It’s a true statement, though.

I am a mother, a grandmother, a sister, an aunt. I am a walker, a reader, a story-teller.

I am an artist.

It doesn’t matter, at this point in my life, whether my work deserves to be considered “art” or whether I have earned the title of “artist”…it is the core identifier of me.

It doesn’t matter that sometimes there is no time in my life for art-making. Sometimes that happens.

These last few weeks, filled with obligations and deadlines, have not allowed time for working in the studio. No time or energy for even the most casual sketches.

Sometimes, weeks go by where I don’t have a chance to talk to my family, but I still identify myself through my relationships with them. I will always be a mother, though I am sometimes a neglectful one to my grown daughters.

I am a walker, even when mosquitoes or rain or deer hunters in the woods conspire to keep me inside.

I am a reader, though I’ve been re-reading the same two paragraphs before bed for two weeks now, too tired for comprehension.

And I am an artist, even when I am unable to make art.