This summer has been a plodding art season for me. I never stopped producing because deadlines forced me in the studio but for a variety of personal reasons these last few months have felt, creatively, like wading through treacle. It seemed appropriate therefore to use the occasion of Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year – as the subject of the first work in what I hope will be a new series.
Rosh Hashanah is a time to think about forgiveness and return. Art making, like all creative endeavours can be cyclical and often we need to forgive ourself our failures, our beating ourselves up, our refusal to allow ourselves rest and renewal. When we do, the return to creative flow is often our reward.