“My life as an artist has been spent trying to hide myself-so that I might reveal myself.”
I wrote that quote at the top of the page in my journal and realized that that, of course, once again, is where I’m at. I don’t know how other people live their lives or make their art or whatever their work may be. We are surely all shape-shifters and mask- wearers, on some level, but those of us who make our lives in the creative arenas require a special relationship to both the value and danger of being such. I realize that the role of teaching artist begs these questions in much the same way. I say “the role” because everything is a role. Under the heart of me, the burning questing feeling reeling depth of me is just pure joy pure pain pure blank wonder. But the daily living does not support that-oh be sure of it. One must find who one is while walking down the street, (I have tried it the other way and trust me when I say; it is not a good idea.) Teaching is another role, as is singing, as being in a band was. Being an actor is a sorely missed role encompassing many roles and so it MADE SO MUCH SENSE. Being a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, a lover, a daughter, yes, we know, we are all “roling” along. When does it work, when not? Is that then the question? When does it connect to that inner raw something that is us, when does it become something through which the real authentic me, you, whoever, can be expressed? That is the question.
How do we make these heavy light/ decisions, these wonderful /terrible differentiations? That is the stuff of our lives isn’t it? I have to keep going back to this because I get lost in the role (sometimes) and it changes, and I lose why the hell I was doing it in the first place (sometimes). Or the role disappears through some vagary of fate or through my own doing as has happened this past year and I am just plain lost. And I realized that faking it is just too too exhausting and ‘tis better to let this too too solid mask melt away and to let what is, be revealed- if just for a moment.