Since my last post, a lot of things have happened to me. I moved, started a new job, had my heart broken, and lost a family member.
Some of those things have been incredibly painful and are things I normally wouldn't publish. But I found that the more I tell people, the more I create and express the things I normally do not say out loud, I find a strange sort of peace.
I keep thinking of Neil Gaiman's keynote address to the University of the Arts class of 2012:
Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.
Make good art.
When I first heard this speech in 2012, it appealed to me because I graduated the same year. But a few years later, it has come back to me in a different way. I think a lot of times in graphic design, we are used to editing things ad infinitum. The idea of publishing things that are unedited, real and ugly is foreign.
But those things are true. And sometimes that's more important than the edited version.
Over the past few months, I've found myself making things away from the computer more often than not. I've tried to post something I've created on Instagram each day. And even if it's not something print-ready, it is instantly gratifying to create each day and send it out into the world. There's a journey that I am going through, and these are a testament to my progress. Here is a sampling of some of the truths I have published recently, either of my own or someone else's:
The conclusion I've made (from the heart and not a textbook) is that real art is this practice. Of creating things and showing them despite fear, of judgment or exposure. I think if something scares you a little it's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it might be a sign that you're onto something.
I will leave you with this quote from Thomas Merton:
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
What do you define as art? I'd love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment or connect with me through any of the social links in the footer below.