THE LUCKY 13!
What is something new you have learned about creativity by observing children?
Creating is a vulnerable undertaking at any age.
*In Mad Hatter terms* In a time when you lost your "much-iness,” what did you do to get your much muchier back?
Take my shoes off and feel my feet on the ground.
Put on comfy clothes.
Get outside and breathe in deep.
Let something quiet or small call to me.
Touch something real.
Make eye contact.
Close my eyes and breathe in and out deep until opening my eyes feels possible.
Wash my face.
Take a hot bath.
Paint my nails.
Touch my belly.
Get rid of stuff.
Intentionally move S-L-O-W.
Purge, clean up and organize a small space.
Light a candle or a stick of incense.
Go for a jog.
Go to sleep.
Turn on music.
Heighten my senses - on the hunt for the next very-much-needed secret message.
Change my current activity in order to reset.
Share "space" with someone who believes what I believe.
Make a meal.
Open a good book.
Make a miniature to-do list entitled something like "What I Need Next" or "You See, What Would Help Me Most Is" or "First Steps to Getting My Muchier Back."
How does a regular creative practice infuse other parts of your life?
My creative practice is largely about being seen by myself. To see that I am active. To see that I am having a real impact on my living. To see that I am moving forward and growing. To see that I am capable. To see that my living has beauty within it.
At the end of the day, I feel like a stranger to myself if I haven't witnessed my creative capacity in action. I need to know I am magic. Not wish or hope or suppose I might be, but really know. Creating my zine and painting are creative practices that I am currently engaged in and they allow me to feel secure and grounded, so I can go about my other responsibilities and not feel lost within them.
Do you practice any moon rituals? If so, please share.
The moon always takes me by surprise. Always. I find out it is a new moon because some of my closest friends speak about its impact. I find out it is a full moon because I walk outdoors to take the trash out and there it is, staring me down. I go out to walk the dog, and I see the sliver, still lingering from the previous night's sky. If there is a ritual I have with the moon, it is that the moon is always sneaking up on me, making grand entrances because she likes to hear my awestruck gasp.
What truth do you whisper to yourself just before you go to sleep?
"Just you wait and see, there will be magic in tomorrow too."
What do you consider to be home and how do you get there?
Home is a space you make within yourself. You get there by tuning out all the other voices and freeing yourself by saying a sacred yes to all your desires and a sacred no to anything that tells you you are less than what you'd hoped.
Is there a ritual you use to invoke your creative Muse?
Invoke it? No. I just hope I can keep up with it. That wascally wabbit is always one step ahead of me, shaking its little cotton tail just in the nick of time.
Name an artist that is currently inspiring you and share why.
Shel Silverstein. His capacity to draw from his imagination thrills me and the simplicity of his illustrations always amazes me. I look at the books I grew up with as a child and think, surely there was more to it than this, but no, there didn't need to be. I feel akin to him in creating my zines, since they are printed black and white, and so many of his books are simply black and white.
Tell us about something beautiful you saw this week.
I was walking my dog when I saw the sun rising over the trees on the land behind our property. I usually see close-up details, but this time my eyes panned out and took in the whole entire landscape. It felt akin to the expansion I have been feeling as a person.
Write us the opening lines to your next week.
She had begun a week, such as this week, 15 times so far this school year, but this week was different. This week was attached to a hinge, and once thrown open, it would allow her to enter that place she once dreamed of as a child. The place known as the Imagine Nation. She was learning to do it, to do life, a different way.
What color means something to you currently and why?
Grey. Oh, Grey. It is my comfort place.
Do you collect anything?
Currently I am collecting beauty.
What’s the last great book you read?
Thanks for reading this artist interview! These interview questions were written collectively by the Centerfold Artists. The Secret Message Society Centerfold Artist featured here also designed the centerfold pages for the current zine. The centerfold pages are one sheet of tear out guerilla art. You can cut them up and leave the individual secret messages around your community for others to find.