I should first start to define myself by what medium I prefer, but I don’t really want to do that. I don’t have a preference towards any media. This is the conclusion I’ve come to after being unable to answer, on several occasions, the question of what I am (as in painter, potter etc.).

Instead, my goal is to have a good, solid concept behind everything I make. I’d rather be defined by that than by a medium. Concepts are created during the beginning, idea-generation phase. Not coincidentally, it is when I’m most inspired. The initial flurry of inspiration is exhilarating. 

From there, the idea guides the appropriate medium and the work begins. This is when I’m in a state of flow and I’m totally absorbed in what I’m doing. Nothing else matters. I’m not hungry, I’m not tired, and time doesn’t exist. I’m just focused. There is a tendency for me to want to stay in this phase. To endlessly pour my energy into chasing a mirage of perfection.

Eventually, things do get finished and the cycle starts anew. To be honest, I think I’m addicted to the art-making process. I can’t imagine myself not making art, it’s too internally rewarding to give up. Perhaps, if you don’t already do so, jump into this cycle as well. Not worrying about the end result, enjoy for yourself the process of making art. I say this because we all, at some point, need to escape from reality but few forms of escape allow us to be productive. To take something that only exists in your mind and make it real is a worthwhile pursuit.

Thank you for reading this far and thank you for visiting my website.

-Laura Castro