I haven't posted in such a long time (a month and a half, for pete's sake!) that being here feels a little strange. Everything is so familiar and yet I feel a bit out of place. Is this my blog? Do I still get to write here? And most importantly: how are you, people? I've missed you terribly!
There are things to say of course after such a long time but today I'll only post about one very special event:
On Sunday 17 March I met Susan Bowers!
I thought writing about it a full two weeks later would make it difficult for me to describe my feelings but the truth is that they are all still there, warm and excited. I met Susan. And she is such a wonderful, beautiful person! I felt a connection from the moment we met. And we met on the 14th-century stone bridge that leads to the village, that for a moment became a bridge between two continents.
We were lucky because the weather wasn't really cold and we were able to take a short walk through the village. Her husband Steve took that shot of us in front of the church, on the main square, and Susan emailed me the photograph a couple of days later. We then had lunch in a lovely local restaurant and chatted like old friends. I wonder if anyone who meets Susan could not feel instantly at home with her.
I showed her a few pieces of my work for the exhibition and she liked them. My paper homes are not always easy to 'build' and the emotions behind this work are not always easy to harness. Susan, I do appreciate your encouragement.
I wish they had stayed for a few days. As I told Susan, I had tens of questions to ask her but couldn't remember any of them when we met. Questions about her work, about herself, about her relation to art. I do hope we'll meet again sometime and be able to chat about everything over a nice cup of tea. And next to some tea-stained papers, maybe?
Steve was very patient with us and we had fun joking about their travel experiences. He is a doctor and my parents were doctors too, we also had some laughs about that. Even though these two weeks have been crazy, the warmth of our meeting is still present. A lovely day to remember. And to repeat.
Since I know that my blogging will be scarce till I finish my work for the exhibition, here's a preview of what has kept me from writing this entry earlier:
- two severe migraines only two days apart. That basically means that I was sick and useless for four or five days in a row.
- looming job problems, unexpected and worrying.
- working three full days in the Exhibition Hall again, also unexpected and very distracting.
- spending a day in Zaragoza, the city where the exhibition will take place.
- having to put everything aside and work on a commissioned piece for a couple of days. This one was a pleasant distraction.
It will also take me some time to catch up with your posts and news, sorry for that. But I am looking forward to it and to viewing all your works, that inspire me so much. Thanks for still being there.