The Time of My Life – in review

Canadian independent creative magazine Uppercase asked for submissions recently on the theme Diagram Your Life. If you drew a Venn diagram of your life, how would your life and creativity intersect? What would a data-driven self-portrait look like? 
I am delighted my work “The Time of My Life” was selected for inclusion in issue 35. The work was originally made for the WAFTA InTension exhibition in 2011. In late 2010, I documented my time spent on the activities of the day for 100 days, each with a colour representing a separate activity. At the time of making the work I felt very frustrated about my lack of time in the studio. All the pink areas are studio time. Reviewing this seven years later, with my darling children all now beyond their teen and schooling years and mostly independent (although all still at home) my art practice has significantly changed and developed, and I do have more time available. The mad rush to get everyone out the door early in the morning is much less of a challenge and no longer am I running kids to appointments or after school activities and cooking dinner in spurts between the drop offs and pick ups.
In other ways there are still lots of demands on my time, however my priorities have also moved much more towards making art and art related activities. Sometimes often the housework is at a minimum, my garden is designed to thrive on neglect and I don’t go shopping without a specific purchase in mind.
In hindsight I can see the time spent away from the studio not so much as a frustration, as it can be just as valuable to my art practice as the hands on activities at my desk. That time helps me process ideas, find a solution to design challenge, see new possibilities, and relieve my sometimes aching back and shoulders!

11 thoughts on “The Time of My Life – in review

  1. Wow! Congratulations Louise!

    And thank you for sharing the ‘chart of your life’, very inspiring, I am in awe, as always:)). Hopefully I can now stand back and look at myself with a better perspective too, perhaps!?

  2. Interesting to record what actually happens and get a perspective on daily life with its round of duties and social activities. How do we as individual artists carve out the solitary time we need? I admire the artistic/objective way you have tackled this in a lovely artwork and the possibilities it has opened up to see how things change in life. You are always thoughtful! Congratulations, your inspiration will resonate with many others with the publication in Uppercase.

  3. That is the most amazing thing I’ve seen for ages. I love the way it shows the busyness of life as an artist as one aspect of a busy life.

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