What is it they say? May you live in interesting times? Well, we’re certainly doing that! As a general rule, I don’t like bringing politics into my art, I know many artists do but it’s just not for me. That’s not to say I don’t have opinions and don’t care, I do, just that my art tends to be about other things. However, I do feel I need to make some comment on the ‘Brexit’ issue. Don’t worry I’m not going to admonish you for your viewpoint or try to convince you to mine. Ok, maybe a little but not in the way you might think.
Here’s the thing. Brexit, Great Britain leaving the European Union is happening. For good or ill it’s going ahead and what does that mean for artists such as myself? Well, we’re in for a period of change, just like many other people, BUT it doesn’t mean we’re closed for business.
I’m still making and creating art and I’ve never seen what I do as limited to just this one country. I have exhibited abroad in the past (and hope to do so again in the future), I have also sold my work to different countries. The themes I deal with are universal, even if my specific way of dealing with them owes more to western European culture than others.
So from a personal standpoint, I don’t care if you live in Grimsby or Greenland, New York or New Zealand if you feel a connection to my art that that makes me happy.
Thinking about this made me realise that I was very focused upon Britain and, while that’s natural because I live here, I don’t want to limit the scope of my work. I make it for myself and anyone who connects with it. So I decided to put my big girl pants on and tackle international shipping on the website, something I’ve been putting off for far too long because setting it all up was scary.
Except for a few countries (mainly in the Middle East and Asia) that I’m still trying to get costings for everywhere is now set up and I’m feeling really happy about it.
We may be living in interesting times but I’m going to continue making my art and looking for those special human connections. It’s that connection which makes us the same ‘tribe’ and I don’t want to exclude any of my tribe.