Lisa Solberg Slit 2012
As I've been saying quite a bit recently I'm going through a bit of a challenging, soul searching kind of period, and I have been asking myself lots of questions about who I am, and who I want to be.
For as long as I can remember I have wanted to do something creative with my life, and even though I am pretty much living that dream, being self-employed has meant I don't really get the same growth and experience as I would working in a team or with a bigger company. I have to set myself challenges, and have to be very self-disciplined, which I don't always succeed at. I also only really get to be creative about 10% of the time - the vast majority of my time is spend sewing orders, answering emails, posting and all of those other really tedious things!
I have been thinking a lot about the things I make, and how lately they have been leaning a little more on the commercial side of things. The reality of the situation is that my current art form (lingerie) is quite limiting in terms of its practicality - it has to be worn, and it has to be worn under clothes, and it has to be comfortable. Of course there is so much you can do with those limitations, but I think I am really missing art for arts sake. Just making something beautiful for the sake of beauty, without that constant questions 'will it sell', 'how many figures will this shape flatter', and so on.
The artwork I wanted to share today is by a current artist called Lisa Solberg. I have been obsessed with her paintings ever since seeing them on Bleach Black a little while ago. Every time I see her work I just want to pick up a paint brush and work with colour. It inspires me so much and all I can think about is painting onto fabric, and including more of this desire into Hopeless pieces.
Of course I am never short of ideas - and this is an idea I've had for years, it just all comes down to time, and money. Sometimes living the creative dream isn't all its cracked up to be, and I don't mean to sound depressing but I think its important to get this stuff out sometimes!
I would love to hear from anyone who, like me, might be feeling frustrated with their own work, or struggling to find themselves.