IN DREAMS BEGIN RESPONSIBILITY
W. B. YEATS
MARGOT BOWMAN 2011
SUBJECT : NATHALIE OLAH
PHOTOGRAPHY : ARIANE LEBLANC
If I didn’t view my decision to be an artist as carrying some responsibility I knew I’d soon fall into that bracket of self-professed ‘creative’, forever pursuing half-arsed ventures destined for the bin or worse still, fifteen minutes of fame. The work I’ve produced so far stems from a sense of responsibility that is two-fold. I have an obligation to work as hard as I can on my chosen profession; but the only reason I chose this profession in the first place was because I always felt I had to share the stories that existed in my head.
Ideas have always been associated with weight. The initial excitement of a thought is always followed by that much more daunting problem of how to realise it. I live that anxiety and prioritise it above all else.
The quotation comes from W. B. Yeats whose poetry often takes this dilemma as its subject matter. It was also said by Keats (who died at 26) : ‘O for ten years…so I may do the deed/ That my own soul has to itself decreed.”
Nathalie has writing plays for the last few years one of which received critical acclaim at last years Edinburgh festival. she has just finished her first novel and is working towards and exhibition in October.
Painted Truths is published monthly in Notion Magazine
Margot Bowman is an Artist and Designer living in London. She is the creative director of The Estethetica Review,
a publication focused on ethical fashion published biannually in conjunction with the British Fashion Council. Other ongoing projects include the Painted Truths series, 15Folds and everythingissoamazing.com. Making work to challenge the expected, the strange beautiful and the imagined physical.
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