The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
DM: Dulcinea Rattet / 25 / Nanny and Freelance Visual Artist
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
DM: I have found that the only way to keep myself motivated to create my personal work outside of my M-F job is to just sit down and paint. If I wait to be "inspired", I almost expect too much of what being inspired means and neglect the discipline part of being an artist. The more I paint, the more inspired I am, so the more I paint... and so on. That being said, my main inspiration is currently movement. Also, walking near the ocean, under trees, or near flowers are sure ways to get my creative juices flowing.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
DM: I used to struggle greatly with this when I worked at a non-profit arts museum. I was still proud of my work, but I did feel very depleted at the end of my work days and had no energy left for my personal creative practice.
Since I decided to jump out of the professional world to a job that I could just enjoy and be present in, my happiness has gone way up and my stress levels have gone way down. This has resulted in feeling more inspired, productive, authentic, and present in my creative practice.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
DM: With my visual art, I feel the most creative and productive in the early afternoon. With my yoga practice, sometimes I feel more creative in the morning, other times late at night.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
DM: A longer-term goal would be graduate school applications, in the hopes of earning an MFA in painting. Currently, my main focus is on my changing creative practice through a new body of work. I would also like to show my paintings again in the Pioneer Square Art Walk.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
DM: As I briefly mentioned in the previous question, I am still discovering my creative process in my new work, which is quite exciting after just concluding a series I had spent almost four years on. Creating with the mind of a student again is wonderfully challenging. I am suddenly attracted to new aesthetics, such as metallic paint and lines, and am creating in an unfamiliar way. As far as color inspiration goes, I will often go on a walk to gather color palettes. Flowers, the sky, the ocean, and other natural elements greatly influence my color choices.
TCU: What scares you?
DM: Climate change.
TCU: What does success mean to you?
DM: Spending all of the little moments of my life doing something I actually care about and can stand behind. Living authentically and passionately while still supporting myself and my loved ones.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
DM: Just a big thanks to Meghan!
Thanks Dulcinea! If you'd like to see more of her work and learn more about her, head over to www.dulcinearattet.com.