Helen Simard shares her thoughts following Creating Connections, organized by Art Circulation and Nordberg Movement (Sweden) on the 1st of June 2021.
We were asked to think about growth.
I’m not thinking about growth yet.
I’m thinking about surviving.
The past 18 months have been a brutal crash course in flexibility and adaptation. In releasing expectations to accept reality. Even after pivoting dozens of times, my best-laid (and rebooked) plans mostly fell though.
I can’t think about growth yet because mostly I am thinking about how to get through today’s ever-shifting reality.
But I do recognize the ways I’ve grown over this pandemic, both as a person and an artist:
-I’ve remembered to value the process as well as the product;
-I’ve learned to cherish the “working” as well as the “work;
-I’ve become more clear in my needs and boundaries, inviting my collaborators to do the same;
-I’ve valued my and my team’s well being;
-I’ve daydreamed, played, and expanded my horizons;
-I’ve allowed myself to create without worrying about the outcome or how the work would be received.
As we move forward and “reopen” (or “reclose”, as the case may be), my hope is that will continue growing, if not, perhaps, in the linear fashion that we have grown to expect. By shifting my focus from growth to growing, can I remember to value the process as much as the outcome?
Work : Papillon
Performer : Nindy Banks
Photo: Hoi Do Phan