ART BLOG Exhibitions & Progress

2016 RECAP

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  • Had my art be part of the Plymouth Arts Club Summer Exhibition
  • Started my Transition by taking Hormones
  • Picked up my first Art Award with my Cat Drawing – Eyes On The Prize
  • Received a lot of messages, and made genuine friendship with fellow artists via email
  • Converted the Site into SophieLawson.com
  • Kept my promise of a monthly Newsletter
  • Had periods of intense suicidal thoughts

 

2016 really was a mentally exhausting year. I would say, my least favoured since I was born, yet, so many positive things happened. Most notably, I started my transition, bringing to an end a 36 year struggle of self acceptance. It’s end however, ironically intensified the anxiety and pain; I realise, change and transformation is hard. Fortunately I have art by my side.

It was a mentally challenging year, but I bet I will look back in 20 years time and see it was the most important year of my life. To start my transition was one of the hardest things I ever had to do, I know it won’t be easy, and I know it may sabotage my ability to grow as an artist. The thing is, I had to do it. I became suicidal, I basically quit art for just over a month and had given up. I wanted the easy life, I wanted to go back to pretending I wasn’t transgender, and go back to playing videogames all day.

I did this for a month, dedicating over 80 hours into Gran Turismo 6, but it didn’t feel right. I could feel both art and my need to be free calling me. I took the decision to start self medicating female hormones, almost as a cry for help, and before I knew it, I was taking them via the GP and starting my transition officially. Art returned towards the end of the year, thanks to the 2016 Plymouth Arts Club Exhibition, and I even spent over three months creating the new SophieLawson.com site.

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My art highlight of the year, was winning the BEST IN SHOW award for my Cat ‘Eyes on the Prize’ drawing :)

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Moving forward … I just want to do my best. I want to focus on finding out who I am and drawing as much as I can in between. I expect 2017 to be a roller coaster ride so I know it may be hard to focus at times. I have no idea what 2017 will be like, there are no clear goals other than to do my best every single day.

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

Thomas Merton

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