I was a little hesitant with the whole idea of starting a blog but here's how I reached my final decision. Let's take it back to last summer: I started thinking about what I really wanted to do with one semester left. (about time) A website was always in the plan but never in the near future, and I never really thought about starting a blog but I always admired the idea of people exchanging ideas and sharing what they're passionate about.
I started thinking about it and romanticising the whole idea while I was in Madrid documenting all my visits to museums, exhibitions and art related events, but decided to just settle this when the time comes...aaaand the time came sooner than I thought.
I graduated last February and I knew for sure that I wanted to pursue art as a career, there was no doubt in that area but my problem I guess was when and how. I spent a lot of my time applying for masters programs in Europe and putting together my portfolio, stressing out to meet deadlines, only to realise the only reason I was doing that was to win time and avoid the whole "what am I doing with my life" shenanigans.
Which is why I'd say I definitely launched the website before I was even ready to share my work and my ideas (not that I'm 100% ready now) but I felt that it was necessary for me to set a deadline for myself because otherwise, I'd just keep postponing the whole idea like I did for a long while. And a lot of it had to do with a fear of falling into the whole post-grad-blues-awkward-transition-phase-black-whole that so many people experience. (which is compleeeetely normal by the way.)
So I stayed up thinking about it for a while and did my research. I found that the fusion of ideas I wanted to share and explore in my blog and post on my website wasn't really around online, at least not in Egypt, which is great news for me but also pretty intimidating in a "okay well where do I start?" kind of way. So this is me, starting...
I'm definitely not saying that I have this whole thing figured out, on the contrary, I'm not exactly where I want to be or expected to be at this point, there are ups and downs and I'm completely fine with that because there's so much I can't control, but I've come to realise a few elements that helped me stay on my track.
For example, a lot of my friends graduated before me and everyone had a completely different experience, which is why, as cliché as it sounds, its so important to never compare yourself and your journey to others, especially when a large majority of your population refers to the art industry as a "joke."
I also found that structure is definitely a blessing. and having some routine is necessary, because for a while it was difficult to know which way was up, what day it was, and what each day was going to look like, and honestly, having no one's pressure but my own has definitely helped me stay in my lane.
Setting small and specific goals is also important. Success is relative and for you the whole idea of success could be something spiritual and for others it could be financial independence, so I found that celebrating my achievements no matter how small they are, they're still powerful and noteworthy.
Anyways, this isn't a how-to-get your-shit-together post, so let's get to the announcements!!
so a little update on whats going on and why it hasn't been as active as I would like it to be. So far I've only been blogging weekly for the "artist of the week" features every Sunday, which I must say has been so rewarding so far with several responses from the artists themselves and just being able to share people I admire and their work that inspires me is a great feeling. And the support from so many people has made it a satisfying and valuable experience. Truth is, there was meant to be more content shared at this point, but let's just say that not everything goes as planned. However, fortunately this is about to change.
There is more happening "behind the scenes" and the blog is currently a work in progress. so here's what's been going on:
1. STUDIO! currently working on my studio and bringing it together. I haven't had a proper workspace and its kind of been holding me back but hopefully by the end of this month everything should fall into place. (Also, stay tuned for a studio tour blog post soon!)
2. Working on paintings (stay tuned for more additions to the interchange series) and upcoming personal projects i'm excited to share towards the end of the summer. (a little hint: some are sort of a continuation of "illustrating proverbs" but this time towards a different direction.)
3. Trying to publish my book. Currently contacting publishers. I'm going to be honest its not easy, its a painfully slow process but as soon as something happens, there will be a dedicated blog post. In the meantime, there will be a limited amount of books ready for sale (and maybe a few giveaways here and there) so make sure to follow up on the blog, facebook and instagram!
4. Perhaps because its the holy month of Ramadan, art related events in Cairo have significantly decreased but here are a few other things you can expect from my blog:
- exploring and bringing awareness to the art scene in Egypt: reviewing exhibitions and events.
- sharing pertinent content that I find important and opinions/discussions on relevant events.
- artist interviews (if you have an artist in mind, please feel free to comment)
- and most importantly, sharing my work, from the process itself, to 'making of' videos and ideas behind them.
If you have any ideas for anything you'd like to see here, by all means comment your thoughts!