Create a journal entry: Define your goals
Why am I here?
I live in the Caribbean (on Barbados for the moment) & have been trained as a lawyer & adviser in biosafety & climate change. Above all, though, I am an artist. I realised this about myself comparatively late in life, but it was a defining point of my being. Art is therefore a hugely interesting & important part of my life, so any course that focused on it was going to merit my attention. I was also intrigued by what I hope will be the chance to gain useful insight into the Chinese contemporary art scene--its key players, actors, & schools of thought--& the chance to form helpful connections with other artists, curators, & collectors there & elsewhere.
I'm also interested in exploring the idea of the universality of motivation & impetus in the artist's creative process. I am an abstract expressionist painter--a school not especially well appreciated on Barbados or other Caribbean islands--& my work is therefore intensely personal & highly individualistic. Every time I plunge into the depths to retrieve/bring forth/give birth to a new work, it's an exhilarating & life-renewing struggle. I'd like to share that approach with others here & see it in the context of the experiences of artists from very different cultural backgrounds--see that creative struggle reflected from others' viewpoints, as in a mirror. How will they relate to me, & what will I see in myself & my work then?