And when I discovered today that she too has done a psychoanalytical training and moved on from it, something made sense. But not in a wordy way. In the way of a door opening where there was only wall.
This is what she says: “I undertook a psychoanalytical training and noticed that artists use the same language when describing the process. There is a similar mindfulness; attending to the underneath and enabling what is hidden to emerge; forming new patterns in the apparent. I worked in particular with groups in which the interaction of several awakened the individual: I notice that I cannot make something with just one part.” And I notice she takes the best of psychoanalysis and makes of it something luminous and fluid and alive. It gives an old troglodyte who is still rolling in the mud a splash of hope to take in her tea!
And of her work: “I don’t take inspiration as literally as I think some do: I don’t sit down to make something that has a fixed link. For example, even if I were given a brief, I would let it settle in my mind, consciously reminding myself of it and letting it influence my experiences for a few weeks and then when I go to make, I put the preparation away and try to act as a conduit for those experiences to emerge: I am alive to the possibilities but try not to interfere. I am always interested in the resulting work but not surprised – it has a fresh familiarity; a new look at something very known.”
Oh, and I learned last week that The Architect is also taking a ceramics course. So there you are. Where? There, of course.