Heads

2013 was the beginning of my art career. I had been a dropout for a year and a half and had spent the whole time out of work or education while in therapy. When originally I wanted a career in music, my mental health decline had meant I was now no longer practising. My mum suggested I attend sessions with a local arts and music charity to get back into it. I wasn't sure, but it helped that I was going to be the first participant on this particular project, because it can be damn near impossible to enter room full of people who already know each other when you have social anxiety. When I turned up, visual art materials were laid out on the table between me and the music rooms. I spoke to the people leading the session about how I came for music, but how I did also have an interest in art. Despite my interest I was still reluctant to have a go, because I had that all-too-common sentiment of 'I don't know how to draw'. It's a phrase which I heard again and again from other people in the years that followed. Everyone draws as kids. Far too many people stop, stuck behind the mentality art is something only other people do. The stuff on vinyl records below is the first visual art work I did there, using the materials laid out on that table. I got positive feedback and tried more things, again and again, never getting around to getting back into practising music. My default when I started was creating images of heads. If nothing else, that's a solid starting point.