“Yeah I’m doing pretty well.” I say to my Mother, squishing my phone to my ear with my shoulder as I look into my fridge. I have almond milk, pre-chopped watermelon (an incident with a knife and a lucky to be attached to my body pinky finger in the first week of moving out is the cause of this ‘pre-chopped’ element), an open can of tomato soup and porridge. It’s mid afternoon and I’m still in my PJ’s waiting for my ginormous load of washing to finish drying so I have clothes to wear. I have three assignments and an exam coming up. And I just remember my rent’s due tomorrow.
Ignoring all of these pressing elements, I call my friend and ask her if she wants to go see an art show because if you can’t do something you may as well procrastinate with something worthwhile.
Jessica Cochrane (jesscochranepaints_) is a talented 22 year old artist who’s incredible artworks are on display currently at the Brisbane Powerhouse. I stare in awe at the huge, thickly layered artworks that hang in the gallery and feel, well, feel like a child. This girl, only 4 years older than me has an actual career and is creating beautiful things. I can’t even chop watermelon or wash my clothes regularly enough to always have clean shirts to wear.
But the presence of someone’s talent is not the absence of your own. Just because someone is great at something doesn’t take away that you are great at things too. I will never be able to pick up a paintbrush and devise an artwork like Jess, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do anything else. The key is to be inspired but not overwhelmed, if everyone was good at one thing we’d have 6 billion lawyers or artists or dentists and that would help no one, (literally no one, imagine having to talk about teeth all day everyday with every person until you died, tragic).
So after I appreciate the art I remind myself that I’m not so bad, I’ve got a load of washing finished, I’ve got enough food in the fridge to make it through the day, I finish my assignments and acknowledge that I don’t have to be 22 and on display, I can be 18 and doing okay. You don’t have to be successful like anyone else, you can be successful like you.
If you're interested in her show, head to Jess's website jesscochrane.com for more details x