As an artist of any kind you are meant to do research into your inspirations and have ideas of what you want to focus on for your immediate and future practice.
I have had many questions that I just haven’t answered.
After reading the book A Director Prepares by Anne Bogart I got to thinking about the question she asked herself along her journey: Whose Shoulders Do I Stand On?
I am from The Bahamas. I am a female artist. Who does what I do? Who has ‘made it’? Who has tried? What are their methods? What makes them stand out? Are they female or male or in between? Do they have to have a specificity about them for them to stand out? Because I don’t know about them does that mean they aren’t someone whose shoulders I can/should stand on – or is it just that I haven’t done my research well?
I then ask myself the same questions about my own practice… I seem at times to not know what it is I am striving for…
What will make ME stand out? Should someone want to stand on MY shoulders when I’ve ‘made it’?
I came to the conclusion that it’s not just Sydney Poitier and Janine Antoni whose shoulders I have to stand upon and push my efforts higher- but the ones that didn’t leave the island and stuck it out to use their talent in whatever quantity they were able to give. Those that still strive to entertain a seemingly hopeless and non-receiving audience.
I go on to research more into the shoulders of whom I use to build an empire of experience and hope.
Determination of A Psycho Goddess.