single, daughter (age 7)
What does it mean for you to "have it all?" People go through life seemingly fragmented into pieces of themselves that are divided into past, present and future. This disuniting of experience seems to blend organically in my 40's keeping me in an inhabitance that ultimately leads to a more grounded sense of self – my core becoming the epicenter in which everything easily gravitates to.
Why was it important to you to have a child? Love. I wanted to love like I never had, I wanted to experience this innate love. I wanted to strip away myself for the sake of another. And this love, this sacrifice is only met through the experience of a child. I wanted to be naked, selfless, determined, instinctually passionate. I knew I had something to learn from that of a first born being. And she is my greatest teacher.
What's the hardest thing about being a single mom? Having to do it all. I tell people that at the end of the day if I could just pay someone a one hundred dollars to brush my daughter's teeth I would!
How does your work feed your life? And vice versa? Imagination. I was born with a predisposition to share what tales I see in my mind. Visions of everyday words flashing through my consciousness turned stories. To get lost in a world that only belongs to me, a birth of thought to share is what feeds my life, and to have others make a connection to themselves through a vision I create.
What makes you complete? Images that I create, stories I tell. Overall my tiny child, because she is ultimately and wholly my muse.
Portrait by Vivian Johnson