I'm a visual artist using discarded plastic objects to make sculpture and installation work. Although I'm Japanese, my parents raised my brothers and me in a non-religious setting and I'm new to Zen practice. I wouldn't really categorize myself as Buddhist, I'm interested in a variety of spiritual practices.
I applied for the Tending Space Fellowship last year because I had been very focused on my studio practice for the past three years and although I was getting a good number of commission work, I had completely neglected self care and my work had become very separate from the rest of my life, and I was feeling out of balance. Now the commissions stopped coming in, and I feel as though the Universe is forcing me to pause and re-evaluate how I'm living my life. I don't know what I'm going to do financially, but meditation is helping me deal with anxiety and fear of the unknown.