Travels as Kalili
Art has always had a place in my life but sometimes a reluctant one. As a child growing up, I drew and painted, making and illustrating books with themes like magical flying bunk beds or talking animals. I lived in a world of my imagination and art-making and reading were my outlets.
As an adult, through art therapy training, working as an art therapist and after that, art school, my art became more “serious.” An oldest child, inclined to follow the rules, I tried to do and think what I was told. I loved the possibility in art therapy, of helping others heal through art but sometimes got lost in the theory of it. Some of the magic got lost. In art school, I became fascinated with print-making and paper-making, hand-made books and smaller sculptures and enjoyed learning new techniques and pushing the limits of my abilities. I felt myself becoming a little freer as an artist again. And yet, art school had its own rules and expectations.
Then came children and several moves and I put art-making aside for a while. The 100-year-old house we live in now has a separate studio, something I never had before. At first it was merely a wonderful place to store all my art, until a year ago, when I found Lani Gerity’s Puppetmaker blog and started participating in her on-line art community.
Participating in art exchanges within this community of creative women has been a magical process for me. I find that my art flows from a much deeper and truer place. I will trust in Kalili’s guidance. She is powerful and strong and a little frightening, not afraid to go into dark places and scare out whatever is lurking in there. And I am ready to go in there with her and see where she leads.