I seem to have stumbled into a cliché. I am just about finished moving into my new studio and, as my NYE hangover fades, it genuinely feels like a new beginning. Having taken some time off from obsessing about art every day, I feel like it is time to restart some of the numerous projects that I suspended the year before last.
It’s a very long story but, don’t worry, I’m going to give you the short version. In Spring of 2016, for complicated reasons, I decided to take some time off from the self-imposed pressure of producing something every day. Partly for financial reasons as nothing was producing any income. Partly for practical reasons as there were other pressing domestic tasks that I needed to achieve. And partly for conceptual reasons as I became disillusioned with what I perceived as unproductive work that was not having enough effect on the world outside my own home office. It’s a lot more complicated than that, but I doubt anyone would want to read about every nuance. I decided to take five months off to concentrate on other things, but it turned into 18 months, until Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway at the end of last year.
A friend told me that the hook line from from Guns & Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was just a placeholder for a missing lyric when they were writing the song, but it made it into the finished version. I feel like that every day, with every project that I start and every thing I do.
Where do we go now? The short version is that I don’t know but I can’t help asking myself that question over and over in a voice mocking the characteristic shrieking of Axl Rose.
New Year’s Day is normally just another day, but today I feel reinvigorated and already had a few new ideas about shooting timelapse inside and out of the windows out of my studio.
Stand by, and in the meantime, happy new year.