Happy New Year everyone!! Today is 1.11.11. The first day of the year was also marked by 4 1's, and in signature fashion, I wasn't able to blog on New Year's Day of 2011, so I am doing it now. By hook or by crook, I had to be blogging something today. The biggest price I am paying for not blogging in such a long time or touching my art in ages is the feeling of disconnection and isolation to Sunday House, which was something I started because when I did, it felt like the safest place in the world for me to express and be myself, create the things I like with no apologies for not making any world-changing statements with them.
My move to Manila was 20 years in the making. Every bit of making my way back to Manila seemed to be dreamed of, everyday that I spent away from it. I think each moment I spent abroad was lived with the intention to make the most of it, gear myself for the day when I'd be back here. But what to make of being back here? It's been so interesting. It's a big relief, but more than that, my moments in Manila make me realize that I appreciate having lived away for a long time. Whatever experiences I lived through prior to this have allowed me to gain a sense of self-- not pressured to fit in, make a statement, just be. It's rather nice!
So after figuring out all the logistics and making a comfortable foundation for the beginnings of a design-related career here, I am back to Sunday House. And I am still glad for this space. Will want to write more, show more, and shake things up more for 2011. One of my biggest achievements here is to fit my three bedroom MO apartment into a studio space, the contents of my art studio now belonging to a few clear boxes. The dining table is now my work space, covered in decorative paper, canvas, paint brushes in containers, glue, stamps, all the accoutrement of creating, Sunday House style. Yes, we want for space in Manila, but it doesn't matter. What I am grateful for is the blank slate I have and the inspiration that I see, hear, smell everywhere. I am excited to show how they all translate here. Welcome, 2011!! You belong!!