Artists Make Art: Personal Stories - March 2016

©2015 Trudy | Drift Sojourn

©2015 Trudy | Drift Sojourn

I started my Artists Make Art series of posts when I first launched this blog—which brings my personal, professional, and creative thoughts, ideas and work together—in December of 2015. I shared the original Artists Make Art essay in December and now each month I share a post like this that details some of what I created in the previous month. I am working on a few long-term projects with projected publication in spring and summer, as well as doing my continual writing and photography that I share within my various online spaces: Gradient Lair (Black women and art, media, social media, sociopolitics and culture; womanism), Drift Sojourn (food, travel, lifestyle and macro photography) and Cinemacked (entertainment, aesthetics and sociopolitics of good film and television). I shared an Artists Make Art post in January and in February

In March I created: 

A difficult thing to do is to navigate being a creative person whose creativity is also work, while dealing with mental health struggles (i.e. Anxiety) and dealing with active hourly online abuse, for years on end, when my work involves social media. Nevertheless, this is what I do everyday. I photograph. I design. I write. I curate. I critique. I analyze. I create. I do all of this while trying to navigate social media space that is extremely abusive and violent. Still I rise. But that does not mean that I do so without trauma and scars; I made that pretty clear in my last two essays here, if anything. Art saves me, as I have said many times. But sometimes I do wish that I did not experience anything that art would need to save me from.  

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