A reflection on my first solo art show, Awakening


How do I feel about my first solo art show?

I woke up this morning to the sounds of birds singing and the sun shining in through the curtains. It was like God gave me a gentle wake up call... I felt a sense of lightness and love. I was awakened to the thought that my first solo art show was a success.

When I was in middle school, I made the decision to simply be creative when I grew up. I had no idea what that would entail, but I knew there would be challenges. I was deterred many times along the way, but I never lost faith that I would find my way.

This experience was a reminder that I am living. I have become the creative that my 12-year-old self always dreamt of being. With the help from family and friends and God, I’ve created a life that has allowed me to experience joy in everything that I do. More importantly, I’ve been able to share and celebrate life with really amazing people.

I wanted to have my first solo art show in my hometown of Indianapolis because I wanted to be with my loved ones. I’ve awakened to who I am as a woman and an artist because of the people that showed up- who’ve always shown up, who’ve always loved and encouraged and supported me. In a way, my first solo art show was a thank you to all of them.

To be seen for who I truly am and to be praised for all of the work that I’ve put in over the years was wonderful. But it was all of the months leading up to the show that gave me the most joy and satisfaction - the creative process, the collaborations, the planning, and the connections that I made along the way.

So how do I feel? Immensely grateful.

Much love, G

Gina Tyquiengco