This small artwork will be shown in November at the SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair) in Chicago. I'm deeply honored, very grateful and extremely excited to be included in the short list of fellow mosaicists who will be participating through the Chicago Mosaic School.
Again, the inspiration for this project came from my practice of yoga. During class, we spend time being still; still in body and still in mind, often setting an intention for our time on the mat. I focus on letting go of my everyday thoughts and the ever-present 'to do' list. When I first began practicing yoga, I found that being 'present and in the moment' was often challenging. Thoughts of what I had to do later or other unrelated issues always crept into my mind. At some point though, months later, I realized I no longer did that. I am now completely and utterly 100% present during my practice.
One of the things I enjoy most about my yoga practice is listening to the instructor. At each class, the instructor will most certainly say something that resonates with me, and often it correlates with my art practice. I don't believe having a yoga practice and an art practice is coincidence. There is a real sense of honesty and clarity I experience during my practice. Recently, I've given much thought to granting myself permission to move forward in my art practice, to suppress those feelings of fear and judgement. With that permission, I recognize that not every artwork will be a masterpiece nor will it be perfect. But with each new project, my intentions become clearer and granting myself permission to grow, to learn, to experiment and move forward will make me a better artist and likely a better person.