Groundcover installation in progress | New Mexico | 2007 | photo by Abigail Doan
The transition from summer to autumn is always, for me, an opportunity to take stock in what has been shining brightly in my life but what also might need to gently fade away. I am typically far better at also updating my blog with news and imagery that inspires me, but these past few weeks have been more about making myself available for others as they go through seasonal adjustments and major life changes.
This does not mean that I have not been working hard behind the scenes or trying to be honest about what matters in my own life or the lives of people and projects I care about. I am currently trying to let go of the feeling that I just do not do enough, get back to people in a timely manner, or accomplish all that I envision happening.
As my community increasingly expands, my goals of remaining 'genuine' and also creating work that reflects the maturity and clarity that I feel as both an artist and analytical thinker, is a challenge to balance.
I guess that I just needed to openly state all of this, as my biggest fear is that I might let vital and perhaps under-recognized opportunities or quieter moments slip away. A new season is often quite poignant: there is the assessment of varied 'groundcover' underfoot and the identification of new threads that emerge amidst the daily routine. There is also a natural shedding that occurs and the possibility of seeing things in a new light. This might be the ultimate (creative) fuel source for the darker days ahead – both the unraveling as well as the protective inclination one feels towards what remains, what prevails, and what is precipitously dwindling.