If I was asked to explain the most fascinating thing about exhibiting this month, I would say the sense of community that I’ve felt ever since beginning this project early in the year. Through Angela, Camila and Chris (Eggpicnic), I have been exposed to an environment I’m not really used to, filled with creative and environmentally conscious people, all coming together to contribute a little something magical to the project. The last time I was so surrounded by like-minded people, I was still an undergrad at university, full of ideas and naive convictions. Slowly, and sadly, I become more jaded, especially as the likelihood of landing a job as an ecologist (I majored in Conservation Ecology) slowly decreased.
I began sharing my art because I felt that I had to find another avenue through which to educate and inspire, but the message got lost as my work life became ever more hectic. But, things will change. Myra and I are discussing very seriously our future and the future of White Bird, and we know that we need to take advantage of our skills to do something beyond us; something that could make a difference, if only a small amount of one. White Bird will hopefully endure long into the future, not as a business, but as a partnership with the aim of giving something back.
Lately it seems that my art has taken a big back-step, even though it has never really been at the forefront for me. Art has always been the thing I turned to once the study, or the day job, or all the other obligations were done. Regardless of this, I could usually still fit in a reasonable number of hours on it a week, and I considered myself to be rather prolific.
This year though, with the addition of a diploma and increased responsibilities at the Day Job, I feel like I’ve stalled. The saving grace is the October exhibition for Bird Life Australia and National Bird Week, which has forced me to focus. It feels good to know that all the stress and hard work will hopefully reap some reward.
This of course is only a short term fix. Following a very enlightening conversation (rant session!) with one of my best friends and fellow artist Dan, I’ve come to the realization that I don’t want to keep putting my art on hold. I no longer want to keep the thing that makes me happy on ice for decades. I want to do something useful, otherwise why do anything at all?
Although I majored in Conservation Ecology, I have not been able to work in that field, even though it’s what I’m most passionate about. I think it’s time I tried a different route. It’s time I used what’s at my disposal to work towards achieving that goal, and it’s time to start doing so now.
We decided to do a “day in the life” type blog post about our work process and a tour of our studios!