Susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm.
I have learned that when you allow your focus to become restricted it is very easy to lose touch with everything else that surrounds your experience.
My desire for my art is to share my story, one that helps an individual feel safe: to explore their story, their dreams and maybe even find comfort in sharing their fears. I want them to be safe in exploring their vulnerability. In my artwork I create a space that drifts between reality and a dream world, one that is free from outside judgments, limitations and expectations.
Many individuals grow up with the understanding that to be vulnerable is to be weak, fragile or to be “less” then. My understanding now is that allowing oneself to be vulnerable is to be human and open to the experiences of life’s opportunities for growth. This lookout unclutters one’s mind to acknowledge concepts of diverse philosophies and experience the magnitude of life.
When you allow yourself to be vulnerable your walls of protection are incapacitated and although this can be a very scary place to visit, if you are able to relax into it and see the experience without darken it with your shadow of personal misconceptions, it can allow you the opportunity to expand your comfort zones and compassion for yourself. Your only limits are those that you are willing to accept.
I spent this weekend traveling back into my past, revisiting moments where I felt vulnerable and exploring what surrounded those situations. Trying to understand how I made sense out of them in the moment and my (re)actions. This allowed me the good fortune to land back on my feet, feeling safe and protected. I realized that without these situations I would have averted some wonderful opportunities of growth. This is what I want to be able to co-create thru my work, an ability to connect with people.
This holds me accountable as well as I approach my personal world with the same intent as I place on my viewers, as I am only 50% of this equation.
You may not be able to control what happens, but you can control how it affects you.