Self Portrait, pencil
It wasn’t until grad school that a visiting artist let me in on a secret to my work. He said, “the way you talk about your work, it’s as if you are this small”. He points to a speck of clay next to a big pot that I had thrown days earlier. “Your work is about scale. Things that are bigger than you. Embrace this.” Maybe this is why I am always looking up or looking down at things. Taking note. Photographing and fascinated with what I find.
As with critiques even today, I relate everything to movies. In this advice, I remembered the movie American Splendor. Harvey’s co-worker and friend Toby reminds him, “Believe in something bigger than yourself. It might cheer you up.” No although I am not as grumpy as the main character, this thought definitely keeps me humble and smiling.