Over Christmas 2021, I had a little moment and bought myself a gift: christinepedersen.art —a new web-site. I’ve been watching this project evolve for quite a while, and was thrilled to see that .art was offering an easy to use pop-up artist site builder; I finished writing all the descriptions and up-loading my images yesterday. And so today I can relax, just a little, write a blog post…OK, back to work! All the not-actually-making-new-art-jobs truly take a huge amount of time. There's shooting photography and video - then editing the photos and video (including new #shorts on Youtube), maintaining the written statements and documentation, and making social media posts...and if I’m lucky to write some show applications and send work out into the world, I might even have a rare chance to scrub up for an afternoon and share a glass of something nice with you in a gallery!
And I’m not complaining about any of it (even when I want to drop-kick my computer off a bridge after I've been on it for days. OK, so that bit does tend to suck...) But I’ve worked really hard to create this creative life, where these are my tasks that I have to work at, always trying to do them better, so that people can find and SEE me on-line, as a working artist. Because all these extra jobs mean that I am actually making and sharing new art-work. It’s a struggle sometimes, and I don’t tend to ever really go off-duty—there is always a piece of metal that I can work on, or a damp clay edge that I might need to adjust...and a work in progress photo that I really want to take. All the other jobs naturally emerge and evolve as I make a new piece. I've dropped a short video I made below, and I hope you’ll go take a look at the new on-line portfolio. Let me know what you think—thanks!