When it comes to making art, life has a habit of getting in the way ... How the hell with the emotional and physical demands, the financial responsibilities and the sheer domestic chaos that are part of having a family - do you keep creativity anywhere near the top of your 'to do' list?Rachel PowerI wish I had the answer, not least because I'm trying to become again the artist and maker* I once was, before 'life' derailed me some years ago. It could all end in tears but I'm going to give it my best shot. Are you struggling to sustain your creative self while also sustaining your family - your children if you have any, your partner, perhaps your elderly parents?
I realised the world, everyone in it practically, will give more and more responsibility to any woman who will continue to accept it. And when the other responsibilites are too great, her responsibility to herself must go. Or she has to take a thoroughly selfish position and refuse the world, and then acccept whatever guilt there is.Kate WilhelmI wonder, does that sound familiar? Except I'm refusing to feel guilty or consider myself selfish. How about you? (I'm thinking this is a topic I will return to in more depth.)