I am a writer and cardboard artist.
I believe in the power of the stories we tell ourselves, the words we use, and how we can shift that narrative to be our best selves. I discovered this by writing my first novel and, using exercises of the craft, have been rough drafting my own hero's journey. As I continue on this path, my own words - playfully plucked and artfully presented - continue to be my guide; right on my walls, where I see them every day.
HOW THE STAX PROCESS WORKS FOR ME
I use playful writing tools to tap into what I'm feeling and what I want. Then I get a box and cut it into multiple canvases - lots of surface area for taking risks. There are no mistakes. I repurpose every piece that doesn’t make the final cut. I use a playful painting project to represent the topic I'm writing about. Then I put the words and the art together and hang the paintings on my walls.
Extra important ones are hung in high traffic areas. A couple are hanging in the back of my closet - for my eyes only.
They are a reminder of an intention, a feeling, a goal. And, like life, the meaning of each piece may, at times, be fleeting. Using a medium like cardboard lets me move on and make more art. And so the process repeats, the art evolving as I evolve.
STAX is my alter ego. Yes, there’s a story there. But let’s get to know each other a little before we go there.