The Spirit of Making - meditations on creative and spiritual practice. An ongoing series.
In September, I met with Mimi Robson. An artist, a printmaker, Zen practitioner and I'm lucky to say, a dear friend.
I photographed Mimi's practice at her studio. I watched her quietly creating marks on a 3 meters long hemp silk hangings, using a Sumi ink made from soot.
We talked about Zen, stones and creativity. I hope you're going to enjoy our conversation.
You can find Mimi's work at:
The hanging were made for a commission for Kudhva's opening of The Engine House.
I know from a conversation we shared in the past, that you have a zazen practice. Can you tell me when did you first get introduced to Zen?
What impact do you think your daily sits have on your creative practice?
I feel that my practice of shikan-taza teaches me to be fluid and resilient. It also connects me deeply to my Self. When my mind becomes murky, stressed or confused, a sit can clear it to reflect what I truly want to express in my art, and this helps me to always feel connected to what I create.
Do you consider making art as a form of meditation?
Do you think a spiritual practice can enrich the creative practice and vice versa?
What is the most precious book on your bookshelf?
If you were to revisit your earliest work; the place where your interest in art began; do you find themes that connect with your work today?
Who did you ‘want to be’ when you were a child?