I received a very sweet note from the tentmaker based in Jodhpur, Rajasthan who has made three tents for our Five Rivers project which is hilarious because we've only shown the piece twice! It's been a pretty sweet connection that we've developed with our contact. He's been engaged and super supportive of the project while others in the art and film world have struggled to get their heads around it.
Today I sent him some photos of the installation at the Southbank Centre. He replied that 'we made just tent and you made it alive and put soul in it.' I had been struggling with feeling "accomplished" around my work, perhaps a pointless endeavor for someone as ethereal as I. But we live in a very physical world obsessed with a material reality, so...
Mr Panwar's words pulled me back into my center. His words remind me why ultimately I do what I do. It's profoundly affirming to be seen in this way.
I had that feeling someone was watching me as I did my make up on the train this morning. Judging me that I hadn't done it at home. Looking at me suspiciously. Then I realised it was a giant Emily Blunt.
Of course it was.