I wonder if when I created this picture, my mind was trying to tell me something? Is my life in turmoil as the effect I chose to run? Do I need to declutter, destress, de-whatever?
I watched a bit of the TV show Hoarders tonight and I suddenly thought omg that could be my “studio”! What is it about those of us who like altered art that we find the need to save every little piece of paper, every scrap of fiber, used boxes, cardboard from packing, useless magazines, well you get the picture. I used the term “us”, is it just me or does every person, who uses the term artist, like that? It seems after I started creating art with more of a passion I started looking at everything in a different light. First see it for what it is and then how can I use that? First of all I shouldn’t use the term artist, I should be a dablist (dabbler). I haven’t created anything of great reward, to me or my pocketbook. But then do any of us really like every piece we create? I am not in a mood but looking for a change, so guess what I did? I have just spent 3 hours reorganizing and decluttering my creative space, wait, I mean my STUDIO, yes I dare to say the word because I am going to take charge of that word and the intent behind it. I am creative, just not organized. I have four bags of garbage to throw out and more to come. I took the attitude that if I have had it for years and haven’t thought about using it, it got pitched. And that was just one corner of my room. I found stuff I didn’t even know what it was. I actually have two empty, yes empty, drawers in my little roller cart. But wait, my next thought after praising myself for cleaning that out was what to best fill it with…(more stuff?). I hope tomorrow I can keep up the will and desire to reorganize and finish with the rest of my room. I have to for I have left a big mess on the floor of “stuff” to keep that I need to put back in a better place. I am looking at things as what I use most versus what I can put in hard to reach places. Oh and one more thing I did, since I am mostly into creating ATC’s and always in need of a backing card, I dug out my stash of poster board and cut a zillion 2.5 x 3.5 cards, well at least a hundred of them. So instead of doing as I need them which is always a pain, I have a supply and that made me feel so good.
So anyway, I may need to revisit the self-portrait as I don’t feel so out of control now that I have a plan. But, I am a bit afraid that the hoarder in me will remain. However I do feel that I will look at things for what they are and then can I really, really reuse that.
Here’s to organized hoarding.