Its a game changer…

by Corryn Jackson

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On March 25th with a carload of artwork, art supplies, and camping gear I set out on an adventure across the country. For the past year I have been questioning my creativity and I needed inspiration, a reboot. As long as I am painting and creating I can usually say that I am happy. However, with a constant flow of incoming commissions and a one woman production line of art fair merchandise, I was feeling like my brain was no longer conceptually being tapped into. So, I set out on a mission.

My main goals were being able to relax, submerge into nature, make art, and see art. I spent most of my days hitting the pavement, getting lost and discovering parts of San Francisco and Oakland that I had never seen before. I was able to see artists that I admire live painting and throwing up 30 foot murals. Throughout the month my artwork was hanging at Brainwash Cafe, this showing gave me the feedback I needed in a new community. I also had to train my spastic brain into being able to sit in a park for hours with out any pressure of what I should be doing. I experienced Big Sur, the most beautiful and magical place I have ever been.

Five weeks later I headed home. The 3 day drive let me process what I had learned, what I wanted to change in myself and what I wanted for my future. I believe 2013 is my year to shine brighter than I ever have before. I’m working on me this year. Using my past, whether good or bad, as a stepping stone and not something to dwell on. Confronting issues within relationships in a timely matter, rather than letting the pressure build up resulting in a volcanic explosion. It’s become really important for me to be open to new mediums within my work, i.e. sculpture and public work. Finally, I need to create more conceptual art with imagery that is rooted in my brain and seen in my experiences.

This trip has changed my life and I am excited to see what happens next.

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