BY MARY PRICE O'CONNOR
Emerge –L. emergere e- Ex + mergere 1. to rise by virtue of buoyancy from or out of a liquid. -1721 2. To come up out of a liquid in which (the subject) has been immersed. Also to rise from under the earth. 1640 3.To come forth into view, issue, appear 1563 (OED) .
I would consider myself an emerging artist. I am 50. I really do feel that over the last four years, that I am rising by virtue of buoyancy from or out of a liquid. A liquid in which I have been immersed, for some time.
A liquid pool of skill-finding, listening, learning, living, gaining experience, also the earthy-grounding of raising my family, being wife, being an independent artist, being all the things I list about myself on twitter… silent film accompanist. violinist, dalcroze eurhythmics teacher, dancer, theatre maker, buddhist, feminist, daughter, sister mother, friend, lover.
In my seeking to learn, refine my practice I immerse myself again. Immerse, come forth into view. Immerse, come up for air. Rinse and repeat. And when I submerge, each time it is deeper, richer.
Isn’t everyone, everyone who is creative and asking questions, isn’t everyone emerging all the time?