Sandy is an award winning artist whose work appears in collections around the globe. Her work is the result of a fierce commitment to a spontaneous and intuitive process. In fact, you’ll hear the phrases ‘letting go’, ‘being in the here and now’ and ‘empty mind’ several times in this interview. Working across media, including ceramics, painting, installation and sculpture, Sandy’s work is always bold, energetic, and hugely life-affirming.
This conversation was recorded at her home in the seaside village of Appledore, Devon, in the UK, where Sandy also has her studio and exhibition space. Some of the topics we cover include:
- key moments that helped her to define her intuitive approach
- how Sandy cultivates a state of ‘not knowing’ when creating her work
- the value of trusting intuition and allowing your body to lead your creative process
- dealing with uncertainty, fear, and not liking your work
- the importance of ‘letting go’ and saying yes
And what drives her to consistently take on new and bigger challenges.
This was a delightful conversation with one of the bravest artists I know. Sandy’s commitment to, and trust in, the act of letting go, of not knowing – is as challenging as it is inspiring. Please enjoy.
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