I once read that “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything innovative.” These words are somewhat comforting when there’s failure at every turn in my work. For example, I’m currently working on a project called My Body is a Cage. The series examines the ways in which women attempt to shift their body image through both psychological and physical means. Is the project well-defined and articulated? Far from it. I’m still finding my way through the process. Each and every model that poses in the studio shifts the tone and direction of the project. Is every image perfectly lit and executed? As if. There are so many images that never make it pass the editing stage.
What’s important is that I just continue. Without the expectation of “creating art” or “making a statement”. As one of my mentors from art school used to remind me “It’s the work to do the work.”
I’m about to embark on a journey back to my old home, my old love, New York City. I’ve got lots of exciting news to share with you in the next couple of weeks. Feel free to stay updated by following me on Twitter and Facebook.