Self-motivation is the key to success.
Working in the financial sector for many years and going back to the education after some time, requires a lot of changes to be made to my old habits. Quitting an industry, that I have settled in, in order to pursue my dreams was one of the biggest risks I have taken. Being self-motivated and self-disciplined was essential for me in order to make my hard work pay off and be where I am at the moment. I am starting a new journey in my life and it is entirely up to me where will it take me. I never compare myself to anyone else as I had different circumstances than everybody else. It doesn’t matter how long it will take you, it matters if you get there in the end. Even though I prospered well working in the totally unrelated industry, my personality and artistic soul would not allow me to change myself in order to fit in and conform. I am glad that it did not allow this to happen. Sooner or later you will realise that being happy means doing what you love doing best not just being comfortable. All in all, all the skills and the experience that I have acquired will be transferable into my academic life.
Here are just few points that I noted and want to follow in order to do well and develop as an artist as I am still work in progress. I could go on and on with things that I need to improve but that’s just natural to be challenging yourself and aiming higher than you think you may reach.
I have researched different manifestos to refer to but the one suggested to us by our tutor nailed it. Riot Grrrl’s manifesto is what I can refer to on many levels.
I do not consider myself a feminist however I like to promote in my art strength, beauty and importance of women. As a very independent and strong female I believe that today’s society is putting too much unnecessary pressure on women. Everyone is very conscious of their image, trying to keep up with newest trends, fashion and try to conform to what society imposes on them. In the progress some lose their self-esteem and allow others to objectify them. On some occasions it is extreme when women decide to modify their bodies in an unnatural way in order to fit in the modern society’s requirements. It is frustrating that those ones who conform making it difficult for those who don’t because everyone expect them to do the same. I also believe women should stick together rather than compete and put each other down. In the end of the day no one will understand you better than the person of your kind. It is vital to be able to stand your ground and find the harmony within yourself so as you won’t give in to what is going on around you and live your life the way you want to not how it’s dictated by the society.
Here is just one of the example of my pieces of art where I wanted to express how far women have come in fighting for their rights and how they have proved their inner strength. In my art I may touch serious topics however I always try to put a little bit of humour in my drawings. I have been inspired by the recent Black Protest in Poland where women got together to fight against a legislative proposal for a total ban on abortion in Poland. Abortion in Poland is illegal except in cases of rape, when the woman’s life is in jeopardy, or if the foetus is irreparably damaged. That was due to be changed and a total ban imposed however after the massive protest the legislation was abolished. Women should be able to decide on what is best for them and their bodies and not having rules imposed on them by the religion or politics.
“Evolution of Women” by Aga
Here is the Riot Grrrl’s manifesto just for your reference.
BECAUSE us girls crave records and books and fanzines that speak to US that WE feel included in and can understand in our own ways.
BECAUSE we wanna make it easier for girls to see/hear each other’s work so that we can share strategies and criticize-applaud each other.
BECAUSE we must take over the means of production in order to create our own moanings.
BECAUSE viewing our work as being connected to our girlfriends-politics-real lives is essential if we are gonna figure out how we are doing impacts, reflects, perpetuates, or DISRUPTS the status quo.
BECAUSE we recognize fantasies of Instant Macho Gun Revolution as impractical lies meant to keep us simply dreaming instead of becoming our dreams AND THUS seek to create revolution in our own lives every single day by envisioning and creating alternatives to the bullshit christian capitalist way of doing things.
BECAUSE we want and need to encourage and be encouraged in the face of all our own insecurities, in the face of beergutboyrock that tells us we can’t play our instruments, in the face of “authorities” who say our bands/zines/etc are the worst in the US and
BECAUSE we don’t wanna assimilate to someone else’s (boy) standards of what is or isn’t.
BECAUSE we are unwilling to falter under claims that we are reactionary “reverse sexists” AND NOT THE TRUEPUNKROCKSOULCRUSADERS THAT WE KNOW we really are.
BECAUSE we know that life is much more than physical survival and are patently aware that the punk rock “you can do anything” idea is crucial to the coming angry grrrl rock revolution which seeks to save the psychic and cultural lives of girls and women everywhere, according to their own terms, not ours.
BECAUSE we are interested in creating non-heirarchical ways of being AND making music, friends, and scenes based on communication + understanding, instead of competition + good/bad categorizations.
BECAUSE doing/reading/seeing/hearing cool things that validate and challenge us can help us gain the strength and sense of community that we need in order to figure out how bullshit like racism, able-bodieism, ageism, speciesism, classism, thinism, sexism, anti-semitism and heterosexism figures in our own lives.
BECAUSE we see fostering and supporting girl scenes and girl artists of all kinds as integral to this process.
BECAUSE we hate capitalism in all its forms and see our main goal as sharing information and staying alive, instead of making profits of being cool according to traditional standards.
BECAUSE we are angry at a society that tells us Girl = Dumb, Girl = Bad, Girl = Weak.
BECAUSE we are unwilling to let our real and valid anger be diffused and/or turned against us via the internalization of sexism as witnessed in girl/girl jealousism and self defeating girltype behaviors.
BECAUSE I believe with my wholeheartmindbody that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can, and will change the world for real.
If you found their manifesto inspiring here is few links where you can get more information on their work.