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In college I heard terrifying tales of people getting “out in the world” and not having the motivation, work ethic, or inspiration to keep creating work. I never really feared this for myself though, because I began showing work early on and continue to do so. I’m not the type of artist who enjoys showing the same work over and over for years. In general, I try to create new work for each exhibition or opportunity. This keeps me on my toes (and always making new work.)

Except when I can’t.

Recently, I moved to a new house. During the last few months before and several weeks after the move I have not made much new work. I’ve thought about it and thought about it, but can’t seem to make myself do it. I have even participated in three events that ought to have spurned fresh work, and thought up two different projects I’d like to start, inspired by the move itself. Despite inspiration being present, I have found myself at a stand-still. …


Marie-Elena Schembri

In my work, I consider myself to be equal parts observer and creator. I try to capture beauty, emotion, life, and the magic that occurs in the human experience.

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