'you have such integrity in your work'
'you have got to guard against your desire to take eveyrthing to such high standard'
'there is no point in being academically ambitious if you become creatively sterile'
'nurture your creativity with things like your family life. You need to"
Joan Richardson 2011
phone call conversation with my tutor during my degree work from Opus School of Textile art, Middlesex University UK, (notes from my journal of that time)
I work for a long time, sometimes years, on the same canvas.
But all this time, there are periods, sometimes quite long,
when I'm not doing anything with it.
It doesn't worry me if a canvas remains in progress for years in my studio.
I think of my studio as a kitchen garden.
Here, there are artichokes. There, potatoes.
Leaves must be cut so the fruit can grow.
At the right moment, I must prune.
I work like a gardener.
Things come slowly.
Things follow their natural course.
They grow, they ripen.
I must graft, I must water, as with lettuce.
Ripening goes on in my mind.
So I'm always working at a great many things at the same time.
I think that things that are inexplicable and outside of your understanding give you space for the internal things that are incomprehensible to you. They connect you to a more open construction of the world, or meaning of the world. Less daily concerns.