How Art Crept Up on Me

//How Art Crept Up on Me

My game plan as an early adult was to be an actor. It didn’t pay well. The art crept up on me slowly, and now is a huge part of my life. I owe some of this to a sublet apartment I had in my early 20’s, which was entirely pastel pink–possibly the only colour with which I ever had issues (chronic early childhood gender misidentification coupled with embarrassed parents). I spent my time in that sublet frantically drawing large pastel artworks to lean against the offensive wall colour in order to try and feel more comfortable. It had less to do with expressing myself and growing as an artist than it did with hiding the pink. However, I started to really get into it. Then the city contracts to teach summer camps came, then teacher’s college and a renewed desire to explore other media.

I now find that my students are a constant source of inspiration. Everything they see is through fresh eyes. Without even realizing it, they push me to push myself. Technically, I am their teacher, but it really is a two way street. I think that’s how all art works, ideally anyway; writing, music, drama, any visual media; it’s a synergistic construction within a group of people. Give and take, question and challenge, push and explore…


One Comment

  1. Tolly Bradford January 8, 2018 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Hi Wenna –

    I just looked through your site. Wonderfully inspiring to me. I wish I could send my older son to your class; he’d have the right sensibility to feed off your enthusiasm and creativity. I’m, of course, glad you did a bit of acting back in the day, but so happy to see you in your element here. I also like you used the word ‘synergy.’ Wasn’t that the group name you started in Teacher’s Collage? I especially like your comment about teaching as a dialogue. I still find that, even with my ‘academic’ world of ‘expertise’ hanging over that. Undergrads, especially first years, are great for that.

    (irony too, that Justin T really is PM now,…we were ahead of our time in 2001!)


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