Can you share a little more about yourself, your upbringing, and background — what has been integral in becoming the woman you are today?
I grew up in a small country town in Switzerland. Being an only child, I spent an enormous amount of time poking sticks in the ground, watching bugs and hiding away in my room with a fresh pad of notepaper and sharp pencil. To this day, not a lot has changed. I still very much enjoy time on my own, pottering in the garden or getting creative in some way; whether that's through photography, sculpture, writing or rearranging all the furniture in the house (to my husband’s chagrin). My Dad, though very much a private person, as well as being a fantastic chef, liked to dabble in painting and took me to galleries and the opera as a child. I think it's through these experiences, my admiration for him and a certain amount of solitude as a child, that I have always had a lot of interest in expressing myself creatively. At 18 I decided to move to Australia (let's be honest, there was a boy involved) and though I initially felt very lost, as one does at that age, Melbourne eventually got its hooks in me and I now can't imagine not calling it my home.
We’re always learning and relearning, discovering and rediscovering parts of ourselves. Tell us about what you’re learning about yourself at the present moment.
I re-learn again and again that just as I'm feeling almost invincibly confident, something will come along to rattle my core and bring me down a few pegs, the knowledge that life is ever-changing and could come crumbling down around me. I deal with this by reminding myself daily how very lucky I am to have what I have or be where I'm at any time in my life. It has made me so much more grateful and through that, happier.
What are some personal non-negotiables when it comes to maintaining your own sense of “wellness”or “balance”?
Space and being on my own regularly are absolutely essential to my wellbeing. I love seeing friends and getting out and about, but I always crave my cave shortly after. It's how I reset and charge my battery. I also very much love and rely on yoga these days to balance out my spine and mind.
Is there a metaphor, a quote, a piece of writing, or visual composition that is speaking to you right now?
'To talk about paintings is not only difficult but perhaps pointless too. You can only express in words what words are capable of expressing - what language can communicate. Painting has nothing to do with that. ~ Gerhad Richter ' - I believe this is true for all artforms.
What brings you alive? When do you feel the most awake to this feeling?
When I'm creating without pressure and for no one but myself, when I'm dancing, enjoying delicious food and wine with friends and reading a particularly captivating and soul reaffirming book in the bath.
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