I know I don’t really have time to write a blog post about the lovely Lesley Guy right now, but it felt so important for my future happiness that I wanted to be able to remind myself when looking back over the blog in the future how inspiring this lecture was. It was my very last context lecture today and I was so happy that it ended on a good one. For some I spoke to, it sort of depressed them, the harsh realities of being an artist which Lesley spoke of -but for me I loved the honestly which she spoke with. Firstly she began her talk referring to her ‘artist career’ however she then re-phrased this stressing that she was wrong to call it a career it was so much more than that it’s an “Art Life.” The title of the talk was “Love your Art” but Lesley soon brought us crashing back to reality saying- “because no one else does.” It’s important for me to really enjoy what I’m doing, otherwise it’s just not worth the stress. She spoke honestly about the Art World and it flaws. Lesley also made me realise that there is plenty of time in my life for art. If I feel like I want this enough in the future I need to make time for art. But it doesn’t have to be in a rush, I’m going to need to get a job, she was a teacher for 7 years. I could do that, I could be an estate agent, I could do a residency in Australia who knows? But make work that makes you happy Rach.
Lesley Guy- Love Your Art