I thought a lot about the text for this month’s prompt. In fact, I spent over a fortnight letting it drift in and out of my mind, writing down the odd idea, letting thoughts about it come and go.
Reflecting on your identity is not always easy. Especially when you feel like lots of aspects of who you are are in a state of flux. Becoming a mother shook up a lot of my beliefs about myself, and made me reassess my priorities. Now that I’ve been inhabiting this role for a few years, I’m coming back to old parts of myself that became subsumed for a while by motherhood. I’m also planning for the future, and thinking about the aspects of my identity that will shape that future.
Another part of the prompt was to get artistic with presentation. I didn’t go with the layering of gesso, stencilling, and misting that many have opted for, simply because I don’t have all the supplies for that, and didn’t want to go out and buy them just for this. Instead I worked with what I had.
In addition to the main prompt, I made a little page with the key words that came up for me in the course of the exercise. This helped me crystallise what I wanted to take away from the task.