Kesha Bruce on Facing Your Fear | 30 Days Unchained: Day 23 Friday 01 February, 2013

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30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 23 2/1/13 | Inspiration: Kesha Bruce Often art and business are posited as polar opposites; the two even supposedly reside on different regions in our brain, art on the right, business on the left. But Kesha Bruce exists to prove all of us wrong. A painter and a collage artist, […]

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30 Days Unchained/#30Unchained | Day 23 2/1/13 | Inspiration: Kesha Bruce

Kesha Bruce

Often art and business are posited as polar opposites; the two even supposedly reside on different regions in our brain, art on the right, business on the left. But Kesha Bruce exists to prove all of us wrong. A painter and a collage artist, Kesha is also a curator and consultant, who helps artists embrace the merits of creative entrepunership.  She also has her own blog, ARTFIX, in which she gives invaluable advice to creatives on how to take ownership of their work and share it with the world. She believes that as artists we should all help each other out in any way we can: “It’s not a cliché to say that there is strength in numbers. I say this all the time—other artists aren’t your competition, they are your greatest allies. Women artists should take this idea to heart.”

One of her most important pieces of advice is to let go of the fear and get creating. We often put off working by constantly searching, sometimes even passively waiting, for “inspiration.” To that Kesha says, “I believe that almost all procrastination is based in fear. Fear that you’re not good enough, fear of rejection, or even the fear that you won’t live up to your past work. The only way to conquer that fear is to face it head on and get to work! There really is no other way.”  This piece of advice is the inspiration for today’s challenge. 

Challenge (Find, Create, or Remix an image that answers the question): How can you conquer your fears?

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Live Unchained: Can you tell us what 6×6 is all about and your inspiration for creating it?

Kesha Bruce: 6×6 came about when my Baang and Burne co-director, Charlie Grosso, and I started asking ourselves the question: What if there were no more art galleries? The answer we came up with was that if there were no more art galleries, artists would have to learn to take complete control over their careers and the marketing and sales of their work. We both see that as a great freeing opportunity.

The whole point of 6×6 is to lead by example. The entire event is meant to be a blue-print for how artists can get together and help each other promote their work. Aside from the six exhibitions, we’ve teamed up with the New York Foundation for the Arts to present two workshops for artists. One will focus on how to fine tune your website so that it not only showcases your work, but will help you build your collector base.

Photo by Howard Romero, Vermont Studio Center, 2007.

LU: Are there things you typically turn to for creative inspiration? Do you think the idea of needing inspiration to move forward is a hyped up excuse for creative procrastination?

KB: Whenever I get “art career burn-out” I take lots of steps to recover and replenish. I consider it a part of my studio practice. I take weekends trips. I visit galleries. I spend a day on my sofa watching zombie movies…whatever it takes. But then I get myself back in my studio and start working. Beyond that it can become procrastination.

I believe that almost all procrastination is based in fear. Fear that you’re not good enough, fear of rejection, or even the fear that you won’t live up to your past work. The only way to conquer that fear is to face it head on and get to work! There really is no other way.

LU: What does living unchained mean to you?

KB: Living unchained means freedom. It means trusting your ideas and your vision enough that you allow yourself the freedom to truly explore them. Creativity isn’t about “making” things happen; it’s about allowing things to happen.

This interview is excerpted from a full feature with the artist. View the original article here.

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained is an interactive creative countdown to the Live Unchained Anniversary Celebration . Everyday for 30 days, we’ll share some of our most popular interviews with Live Unchained featured artists. They include women creatives of various disciplines from across the African diaspora. Her creative journey will be the inspiration for your challenge. To participate simply respond to the challenge question with images (not words). Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained so we can shout you out – it’s that simple. Learn more about 30 Days Unchained, including rules and prizes hereGet your daily challenge from Thursday, January 10th through the day of the big bash on Friday, February 8th at www.liveunchained.com.

Written by Kathryn Buford and Nesrien Hamid

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