M: I travel a lot for work, and this structure is helping me grow as an artist and as a student. I had a week of not talking or zooming with Tariku, so I had a little bit of leeway to get my ideas in order, and at the next meeting we talked about the research I had done. It’s beneficial for me to have that extra week, or few days, to get my stuff together.
It always comes back to the discipline and time management of how I go about making my art. Tariku talks about how he approaches art making and how he is always in the studio and that gives me the sense that it’s all about discipline. I have all the research, I have all the names of artists, the ideas, but when it comes down to it, it’s about putting in the time for the work. Sometimes it is hard to get into the studio and put in those hours. In our meetings, Tariku will say, “Don’t forget to put in those hours, don’t forget to get in the studio, maybe an hour or 30 minutes, but just do it, do it, do it”.