For many people in the creative fields, the idea of the muse is profound and significant. This collaborative series by Kristine and Colin Poole pays homage and gratitude to our muses for their years of inspiration and also explores the idea of the many faces of the muse - the many ways in which inspiration manifests.
Ki An: Muse of Curiosity, 27"x 17"x 20," Fired clay, Private Collection: San Angelo, TX
Many years ago, in the wee hours of morning, I sat alone, bathed in the warmth of the kiln that held the final pieces for my BFA exhibition. Quietly, I pondered the future and the relevance of what I was doing, awash equally in self doubts and excitement about the unknown. I wondered how I would know what the next steps on my path were.
And I heard these words, as clearly as if someone had spoken them directly into my ear: "Do not doubt your muse. As I live, you shall not fail. "
Wherever they came from, those words resonated deeply with me - then, as a young woman and still today. In them, I hear “Trust yourself. Trust your voice and your vision. Respect and delight in your artistic soul and enjoy every moment you have to create.”