I have been pondering my creative process a lot lately. I know my creative progression, as well as the work I actually create unceasingly changes. I consider myself an individual that is multifaceted in many ways. I found myself extremely frustrated as a college art student. I felt like many of those working (or teaching) in the field of art were pushing me (and others) to find a distinctive style. A way for you to "sign your name" so to speak. I have been graduated for two years now, inching close to three, and I can honestly say that I have not found that distinguishing style that I am supposed to be knee-deep into. You know the one that is supposed to separate me as an artist, a woman, and as a human being. Perhaps I care too much about a wide assortment of focuses. Perhaps I have too many layers to the point where I do not know who I am. Or maybe my inspiration cannot be confined to a certain style. I will go with that description, it sounds more like the Brittany Kelley I have learned to know and love. Maybe I like, or even LOVE, that about myself. Is that a rebellious act? Is it peculiar to like the fact that I am "all over the place"? I certainly do not believe so. When asked what separates me from another artist, well first off I hate that question, but if I could give an answer, maybe that is it. Maybe the fact that I am a multidimensional creative separates me in a way. I know I am not alone in this though. For those of you who felt lost, for lack of better diction, in your work because you wanted to express all of the things you loved or believed in, this post is for you. For those of you who did not consistently connect with a certain stylized form of art, this post is for you. You are not lost. It took me several years to see what a blessing it is to have a wide range of ideas, interests and studies. Trust me when I say, I am never bored this way. I like that, I LOVE that, actually. My advice? Keep doing what you are doing. Do NOT force your work to look like someone else’s. Do not force your work to “stand out”. Just create. Turn off all distractions. If that venture is different from the next venture, do not feel an ounce of frustration. I kind of wish I would have been content way earlier than March 2018, but I won’t give myself too hard of a time.
Do what you were put on this earth to do. Also, be honest with yourself.