And yet again, another women whose life and career was not a Straight Line, she followed her own intuition, stayed with herself, through the struggle and formed something amazing out of the perseverance of it all. Thank you KD for sending me this TED Talk of Janet Echelman and her Art.
I'm listening to her speak for a third time, not just for the details and curves of her career, but also the magic of the way she describes her art, what spaces her art create for her inwardly ... Her wonderful humor of calling one of her first pieces a self portrait and titling it "Wide Hips". The utter and sheer irony that she applied to 7 art schools after college and was rejected by all seven of them. I see and hear this again and again, this story of waiting for convention or conventional rules or other successful people / successful artists to approve you in order for you to do what you have a burning desire to do, how it's completely irrelevant. And quite possibly Janet's art became that much stronger and more beautiful and daring because of the pain she went though.
"This story is about taking imagination seriously. Fourteen years ago, I first encountered this ordinary material, fishnet, used the same way for centuries. Today, I'm using it to create permanent, billowing, voluptuous forms the scale of hard-edged buildings in cities around the world. I was an unlikely person to be doing this. I never studied sculpture, engineering or architecture. In fact, after college I applied to seven art schools and was rejected by all seven.
I went off my own to become an artist ...."
And to all the beauty, inspiration, truth, wonder, awe of this woman and her art, I feel my own brand forming more strongly. This is what I want to promote. Yet another woman who dreamed of something, imagined it, and then created it. xo