Learning so much about visual culture and art in urban spaces during my exchange and taking a break from painting for a couple months- unfortunately, I felt like there was so much more to life and art than one of my silly paintings. So I wanted to quit it. I saw it as a dead end where I couldn't branch out and do what some public space artists were achieving. Working in communities, collaborations etc. presenting work in public spaces, making interactive work in public spaces. These artists were really setting the stage for the viewer in the way they directed and curated their projects.
This time of uncertainty within my practice (during my exchange) showed me that I was not satisfied with the life my paintings were going to live, set in a gallery; selling the work to the elite person that I was criticising in the work itself; all while pertaining to a space that is not accessible to the public which my work is inspired by.