The truth is, the real thing started with a slap on the face… (not for real, but almost) I had bosses, but decided to be my own boss - or rather, was faced with this decision - around 8 years ago.
Keep your inner child inspired and curious, your teenager always rebellious, humility in the heart, determination and dedication running in the veins. And never forget to have fun in the process.
I dive into myself every day. I get to know myself, in order to remind myself that I am unique. In order to build up the courage to just be myself. To take action, regardless of my contexts reactions. To be an artist is like walking naked.
To travel, to explore, to insert myself in other cultures. This kind of experience kicks me out of my own context. Pushes me to change perspectives. To question my own habits and behaviours. The mind and heart seem to expand almost immediately. The creative process gains other layers that connect to other experiences.
The art of living, or the life of an artist. It doesn't really matter. In the end, I am talking about living life in the most expressive way I can, and then create pieces, that are a pure consequence of it all. This is my slogan. What would be yours?
We have the power to understand how much time we need for each task to be made. We can understand, develop and gamify our experiences in order to become more productive and have a more profitable business.
We are surrounded by systems. They can be structural, social, political, educational, and personal. To me, realising that I am part of my own system, changed my perspective of life and art.
While we live our own lives, we build these little patterns and prisons around ourselves without even acknowledging them. Beliefs, habits, comments, noises. From time to time it’s important to just step out and create a new perspective.
Creatives are humans as brands. Humans that create something for the world. That have the capacity of leaving a positive impact in the world. That have to see themselves as personal brands.
To understand, express and sell.These are the three main frontlines I have built my work on. My art. My business. It took me some time to divide so many studies and experiences into only three sections. It’s a simple way of putting it. A summary of connections between different disciplines and inspirations. To look inside, express and the looking and stepping out into the market.
When you create a piece, you are not just creating a “piece of money”. A concept about your art, is also a reflex of who you are. And that's when you create a connection between the client and your piece.
And like a river with meanders, this line in between - which I call discipline - may tend more to one or the other side in a few days, but it always keeps me focused and with an eye on my goals. It connects the land I’m standing on, to the ocean of possibilities that I want to reach. Self-discipline is what gives me the daily flow to do things and then feel like doing it more and more. It’s a growing and permanent moving flow - and cycle.
We have built the idea that masks are negative distortions of who we are - or of who we show ourselves to be. But as a person who likes to see both sides of a coin before taking any sides, I learned to recognise that we all have dualities. And instead of letting ourselves be taken by them or using them in negative ways - and somehow losing our own essence in that process - I have learned to acknowledge and embrace these parts of me - and turn them into daily choices - and tools.