So many people regard artists enviously, wishing they could have the life they believe artists lead. But let me tell you, creating is damn hard work. It is often defeating, unrewarding, even soul-destroying. But it can also be enormously satisfying – ecstatically so. The thing is, it’s hard to be creative when your attention is divided between the demands of family, pets, piling laundry, car inspections, food shopping and social engagements.
That’s why so many artists, writers, poets and musicians compete to apply for coveted artist residencies. These residencies, offered by numerous foundations, artist colonies, academic institutions and retreats, provide creative professionals a physical and mental space conducive to, and focused on, pure artistic creation with no disruptions. I am thrilled to announce that I have been offered a residency at the prestigious Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) starting on August 21st.
Past residents and fellows of VCCA have garnered esteemed prizes such as the MacArthur Genius Grant, Guggenheim fellowships and Pulitzer Prizes. I am both excited and cowed by the prospect of working in an environment amidst such talented peers. I don’t really have a set idea of what I will be working on but I have to keep in mind VCCA’s motto: BECAUSE A CREATIVE SPACE IS A CREATIVE EDGE.
It is the process and not the result that is important. I look forward to new beginnings and intend to share my insights on this blog.
VCCA is located in Amherst, Virginia.