When I was sixteen, I was determined to go to art school. I got it into my head it had to be Rhode Island School of Design. It was quite a process convincing my parents this was a good idea then figuring out how to make it happen. It felt like I risked everything, challenging family assumptions about what I was supposed to do.
I was not prepared for the criticism once I got there. Having fought so hard I didn’t dare admit it wasn’t quite what I hoped for.
When Things Aren’t What You Expect
I was young. I didn’t know how to navigate the complexity I was facing. Looking back I needed emotional support, and didn’t know healthy ways to get it. Even more problematic was I didn’t know the right people to get it from. Let’s just say many of my experiments weren’t very successful.
Working with the Roots We’ve Got
I was doing something my parents had no experience with. I was trying to figure out how the world worked in a place that was totally unfamiliar. Even though it was not far from where I grew up, it was light years from anything I knew.
In confusion, I worked with what I had. Reached down into the tangle of my past and tried to use what I found.
This is just one of the pieces that will be shown at the Washington County Open Studio tour. October 19 and 20. 11AM – 5PM. I’d love to see you at 6443 NE Brighton St Hillsboro OR 97124.