Mischa Baka: Nai Palm
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Friday, June 1, 2018

Art success.

June 01, 2018 0
Art success.


Mishka and I went back to the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden to shoot another dance film and search for a broach lost in the last shoot. We didn't find it :(
Mishka was very excited about feeling well ( after being sick for awhile) and making an unofficial video clip for her best friend Nai Palm from Hiatus Kaiyote.

 On the drive there while thinking about Nai Mishka expressed the anxiety of comparing ones self to a very successful friend. Worrying about your own arts value that isn’t as celebrated. Anxious about the friend drifting away on their success unable to be part of your life. I felt Mishka's anxiety and felt the same when seeing the success of my filmmaker friends. Recently with Rodd Rathjens funded feature film, Buoyancy.









 Mishka's excitement of making art today, perhaps coupled with the anxiety created a dynamic that had her very impatient and critical during our playful exploration in the gardens. I understood that this feeling comes from a belief that making art is a finite privilege, and that when making art happens it needs to be cherished and made the most of. A positive feeling sometimes, but sometimes this makes for a manic energy in trying to make the most of it!
 I assured Mishka that we must see art as a process and that this moment is not the be all and end all of which we will be judged. Advice I often give myself. Art arises over time in a layering process that builds slowly. Part of the process is moving past the manic excitement into other feelings that have there own rewards to offer.
 I said, “ We can keep doing this, knowing that one day something magic will happen, but it doesn’t have to be today.” I’m sure I was saying things that Mishka already thinks about and has said to me. But it’s good to be the one saying it sometimes. I also said, “ Perhaps we might not feel as successful as some of our friends, but we should remember that we are making art, and it’s great, so great that it  probably is the prime of our careers regardless of outside success.”   I expressed my true love for her work that is independent of any type of outside success.