Art room insomnia

My art room

I woke up at 3.30am in the morning after hearing that Donald Trump won the election the previous evening (Aussie time). I felt incredibly anxious. Unable to get back to sleep I made a cup of tea and went into my art  room. It looked a mess, total chaos. I sat with the dog for a while reflecting that perhaps it represented my state of mind, the state of America, or maybe the whole world.

I had an urge to clean it up, bring some order, make it better. Get Real Jude. It’s the middle of the night!! So I pulled out the camera instead, just taking photos of the mess. After a while, I became absorbed, and the photos took on a more creative look. My anxiety subsided. Is this optimism and hope breaking through?

If nothing else the American election results have got people who are ordinarily apathetic thinking and talking about politics. It took Trump to do it. Go beneath the ten second grab, look beyond the slogans, the mud slinging, half truths and untruths. Say no to the media circus. Politicians reflect something about us, the constituency. If we don’t like what we see, we need to ask is there a better way and how do we contribute to it?

By Jude Tulloch

An outsider contemporary artist, I revel in exploring ideas through visual mediums and pushing the boundaries of my creative practice. In life, I strive for balance, by caring for the earth, practicing Tai Chi and learning about the world through travel.

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