What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting
I spent the majority of Thursday not thinking about the 2017 Emerging Artist New Work Exhibition Opening Reception from 6pm - 9pm. I actively distracted myself by calling an airline that owed me a refund and spending about an hour and half on the phone. We’ll see in 8 weeks. I continued the day by spending 3 more hours on the phone...I am not a phone person.
Admittedly, I was nervous, hesitant, but also thrilled.
My project, Ends Meet, is an experiment. I used the opportunity of support from Creative Pinellas to push my work past my familiar boundaries. This had me walking on pins and needles because I had not had enough time to digest the work and yet in hours a diverse audience would attempt to do just that.
When the doors opened, and the crowd thickened, those who turned to a set of black drawn curtains and bravely moved through the threshold quieted in concentration and slowed in step.
And that was really all I wanted.
The audience though, welcomed my project with interest. I found that many had the willingness to concentrate and consider when presented with new concepts and actually yearned for those boundaries of media and disciplines to be crossed.
I’ve been actively challenging myself to remove expectations and to instead be present in time. The more I practice this, the more stunned I am by the those in the Pinellas County and their amazing curiosity.
The night was a buzz and I felt proud to be a part of a very talented group of artists.