Saturday and the blank page dilemma …
This week I plan to write my CV, so with that, my artist statement and portfolio I can apply to be an associate member of a local art group.
Sounds easy and to some it would be very.
But for me it is going to be a struggle, I don’t have an artist’s curriculum vitae. No matter how I try I cannot get blood out of a stone. At school I did get 6 O levels including art and I did enjoy my art classes. My home environment was not conducive to making works of art. So I did a daily paper round after school to earn the grand sum of 9 shillings (45 pence) to attend Saturday Morning art classes at Southampton Art School. For 3 years my friend and I took the 10 mile bus journey; little girls still in ankle socks and with big dreams. If I close my eyes I can see the space and smell the smells! Afterwards, before our journey home again we would walk back through the bomb sights still derelict after the war, to find a coffee bar where we’d sit dark corner and watch the students laugh and act cool.
Then, I wanted so much to be an artist and I still do, but during the journey in between it wasn’t an option.
All this does not stand up in the CV in three sentences let alone the recommended 2 sides of A4, so the page is still blank!
For those who read my blog yesterday, there is a part 2 of my story of my dad and for whom I wish to become a print maker. I think also he would approve and better without a CV … but for now it is vital!