Studio Sessions: On Passion


When I was screen printing every day, while scrubbing emulsion off of a tightly fitted screen, I would sometimes think, "Why the hell do I do this to myself?"

Society tells us that we must love our passions 100% of the time. It makes sense - our generation, and the one before it - grew up with our parents telling us we could "do anything we wanted" to. I have yet to find out if that's true. What I know not to be true, though, is that it's not possible to love your passion without bias.

I can remember super late nights in the studio back in Chicago when I was in college: I'd have to take bathroom breaks to splash water on my face and go on snack runs just to keep myself awake through endless hours of hassle after hassle. Screen printing, like many other art forms, can become frustrating at times. The transfer might print backwards, the emulsion may spread on too thick, the light table might over-burn your image. Somehow, though, it's always worth it in the end. It doesn't matter how many prints are botched, what your hands look like after 5 wash-out bin trips, or how many unnecessary calories you've eaten once you see a successful print advertised on loved ones' stomachs in the form of a freshly printed tee.

Artwork constantly makes mischief for its' artist, but that's how the studio goes sometimes. It makes the final piece feel that much more precious. Finally - success.


Do you struggle with your own work or at your own jobs? I always wonder how different industries handle this frustration. Let me know in the comments below.