I’m a very relaxed person, I’m open to a lot and willing to figure things out, so I can handle most things. I always make sure to try to listen to those I’m working with and make sure that there is understanding and collaboration. I am however, prone to defending myself mildly when critiqued, but I’m working on it; internalizing what I’m being told and looking at my work from others perspectives. When I really like an idea though, I push for it. If I know something is right, or will work the best, I make sure it goes through. I think these things will make for a good basis for whatever I end up doing with my career. At this point it is impossible to know, I could be solely a freelance artist, or end up working in product development or design for a corporate company. I’m sure I will have my entrepreneurial moments, even when working for a larger company, times arise where free thinking and innovation are needed. Another dream career would be that of a museum curator or a leadership position like arts management or something of the kind. I need to work on taking criticisms, continue improving communication skills, staying open to differences in all sorts of situations and not being afraid of expectations set up for me.
I had an assignment in my observation class to pick two things, mine being black tea and sketch book paper, and observe through a chosen process how they could be used. These are the results:
My favorite iteration of this process was this one,
It reminds me of a bouquet of flowers, and it was a really nice surprise to sweep the tea leaves off the paper after they had dried and find this. Something so small and yet so complex.
I’m Gabrielle Hakes, I’m a studio artist, but I didn’t always see myself that way. I have dabbled in the worlds of theater, dance, music and traditional art, and now find myself using all of these different views and techniques to make my pieces more interactive and interesting. I hope to be able to work with other artists and businesses in marrying these concepts, and alter the established conventions of the entertainment world. Here’s my card, if you find yourself interested in what I’m doing, feel free to call me!
I don’t really have very many specific motivations, if I do something, it’s purely because I want to. Sure, good grades are nice, recognition is great, and other things of that nature as well, but at the end of the day it’s not what I’m searching for. I seek perfection, or as close to it as possible, in my dealings. If I’m working at a job, I’m going to work to the best of my ability, not because my employer would like, but because I feel it is a waste of my time if I’m not working to my full capacity. I’m an all or nothing kind of person. It’s either going to be the best it can, or it’s not going to happen at all. When put in a situation that demands my attention, I’m all in. Yet when trying to work on a project by myself, the mind set is much more fluid and hard to control. It’s not necessarily that I get distracted, so much as I just don’t want to do something, and so put it off until the want to accomplish it takes hold. Then I’m in the zone and nothing can really distract me to the point of being detrimental.
How do I react to stillness or complexity? I see both as opportunities to think. Stillness for self reflection or relaxation and complexity for trying to unravel the complexities and really understand what’s going on. I tend to spend a lot of time analyzing what’s going on around me. I feel like I’ve referenced this multiple times.
I would say that I’m more internally motivated. Other people and their opinions don’t really have that much of an affect on me. If they like me and what I do, awesome. If they don’t? It’s totally ok. What matters at the end of the day is that I like myself and what I’m doing. If I’m happy, that’s all that matters, because that’s all I can control.
Values. I have a lot of them. Yet they’re not necessarily things that I share with anyone. Quite the contrary, I hold them close to me like some important secret. I live them, but I don’t profess them. I don’t want to be judged for the things I believe or the way that I feel. I don’t want people to have preconceived notions of me. It’s lead me to quite a few interesting realizations about myself and the things that I hold in high esteem.
I value most honesty, loyalty to family, friends and one’s self, intelligence, and consideration of others. I value being a good person. I value doing the right things even when I know I’ll be met with opposition.
The most important quality to me is honesty. Honesty in everything you do. From work, to dealing with those you know, to being honest with yourself. Yourself first and foremost. If you are honest with yourself, it’s really hard to be dishonest in any other aspect of your life. Because being dishonest with someone else also entails that you have to lie to yourself. If you’re honest with yourself, everything else falls into place. It radiates out from the point that is you and improves everything around. “Honesty is the best policy,” is not just a cliche. It implies that everything is being taken into account, analyzed, and reckoned with. Everything rendered in it’s truest form.
I feel that with this, all other conventional values become self evident. You will be loyal to your friends and family if you’re honest in your feelings and dealings with them and you can more readily use and gain intelligence when honest about your abilities and short comings.
There is another dimension that artists step into when they are working on a project. I’ve heard people liken it to a creative tap that we can turn on and off, but that’s not really what it is at all. Sometimes when we’re trying to solve a problem, be it in real life or in our chosen media, we take a figurative step into the next room, where our brains can better process what we’re looking at and form the best way to tackle the said problem. It’s not a choice so much as it is a transformation. Because of this, we have found ways to trigger our “transformation” and make it easier to work when we want to.
One thing that you will almost always find me doing while working is listening to music. Usually it’s film scores and other songs with no words, otherwise I’ll sing along and get distracted from what I’m trying to focus on. I can work without music, but if it’s quiet every little noise that does occur bothers me because I become consciously aware of it. Music is a good dampener of that, it’s fluid, and I know it’s supposed to be there so I can tune it out and focus my thoughts on the task at hand.
Another thing I do while working is step back from the project and take breaks or otherwise reset my brain when I encounter a problem I can’t quite fix. Sometimes this involves pacing the room, going to eat food, working on another project or even giving up for the day and going to bed. It’s pointless for me to run my mind ragged over a problem whose solution will not become clear to me no matter how long I stare at it. It’s far better to switch to something else and refill my creative stores so I can tackle the problem another time.
Learning new things is also very important to the creative process. I often find, upon learning new things, that I am trying to make connections to things I already know, or ways I can apply what I am learning in the real world. This builds a much broader base, and adds to the arsenal of abilities and ideas that I can use to solve a particular problem. The more diverse I am, the better I can approach any situation that comes before me.