You might ask, “What happened to ACT I?” Well, it seems to have disappeared sometime between the ages of 55 and 65. About the time you’re asked to mark your age group on a survey and you realize, if you’re being honest, you have to check the next group up.
So, I’m beginning this series with the title “ACT II: Behind the Studio Door.” It refers not only to this unavoidable stage in life but also by extension my studio focus.
The idea came about when I was offered an opportunity to serve as the Artist in Residence for the Pinellas Community Foundation’s current program exploration of local elder needs. The program is called “ACT II: Aging in Place.”
As it is, not only do I fit the criteria of being “of a certain age” but the themes of my work have been drawing (however unconsciously) from some of the concerns and personal experiences at this point in my life.
The program requests that I, and other artists across the disciplines, create works that reference the theme in some way. This has encouraged me to be more intentional in asking the question, “What does it mean to me to ‘age in place’?”
I look forward to you joining me on this weekly exploration as I attempt to find some answers through the creative act.
Perhaps you will have some thoughts you’d like to share in this process of discovery — please do so below. A conversation is much more interesting than a monologue!
Challenges and successes, frustrations and questions, process and artwork, all that and more are in that mixed bag that sits Behind the Studio Door. What will fall out next, as I enter and trip over it?