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Archive for October 21st, 2008

No time like the present

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The present is all that exists, the past is gone, the future is not yet found, but within the present we can change the past and the future. I used to think that it was best to follow your natural way; what feels right. Now I think that sometimes to improve on our past we have to do what feels difficult, and uncomfortable and pushes us outside of our comfort zones. Why am I saying all of this, I don’t really know, maybe I am attempting to write like I practice my art! You just start, it feels uncomfortable and often vulnerable; you cant see any outcome but you keep going till one appears. It is an uncomfortable state to continuously put yourself in, why do we still do it ? If you totally understand what you are doing, how can you create something new? But to expose yourself as not knowing what you are doing is a risky business!

To stand completely in the present, is to be the you, who you are now, not then, and not the one you may become. While I am involved in the practice of art, I search out this present state continuously, sometimes these present states seem to almost repeat themselves over and over again to form an image that we perceive ourselves to be; we feel like we have some kind of substance, it is almost like a security blanket! Maybe we sometimes hold onto to this a little too tightly. I feel that much of the art world reaffirms this, by urging artists to stay within the parameters, almost of a ‘catch phrase’ that describes the whole of their art practice. I think that this can be extremely limiting. I am who I am now in this present moment, my art will, I hope reflect this, but who I am tomorrow my be very different. I am a little bit of allot of things, and I am very reluctant to box myself in and overly define myself when expansion calls!     

Written by Marianne Slevin

21 October, 2008 at 6:56 pm

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