Life gets in the way of writing about my life.

Clearing, sorting, checking off chores, bills, exhibitions, done, done & done. No more performances for the year & no painting. I have sold enough of my paintings to grant myself 6 months of writing. I must hit it hard, be mega focused & finish this manuscript, my second book now, half-way written.

It has been two years since two huge publishers said they must wait for my completed manuscript before they sign me. It has run through my head – so what of my life, who really cares? All I want to do is paint, that is what my life is all about, what brought me to New York & to this point. I applied for a literature grant twice, declined, declined – regardless I still have a niggle to finish this second autobiography.

I asked my long time East Village friend Lata Kennedy why I should finish writing my book. I went to her wedding a decade ago, my then priest boyfriend conducted the ceremony. Crying she exclaimed, “You have to finish!”
I asked, “Why”
She said, “Cause you live life with no excuses, fearless you make your work, blow us away & then onto new project to surprise us again. You have to write it cause we need it Theresa, your strength, your example.”

As if that was not encouragement enough I asked another friend who was visiting New York from Australia. Henry Everingham used to be a journalist for Sydney Morning Herald. He helped me rescue a chapter from a corrupted disk that I had written for my first book THE DIVINE MISTAKE. I asked Henry, “ Give me good reason why I should finish this book.”
He replied, “Cause you can. You are a bloody good artist and you can write. You have to finish it. You may think your life is relatively normal well it isn’t it is extraordinary. Most people do not leave the country they were born in, family that they know & lifestyle they are comfortable with, you are in New York surviving, thriving as an artist. Theresa there is no question it is your obligation.

From July 1 until January 1 2013 I am writing full time – over & out.

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About Theresa

Australian-born artist Theresa Byrnes began to exhibit her paintings in 1986 at the age of 16. She has had over 20 solo shows at spaces including Saatchi & Saatchi in New York and Australia, Cristianne Nienaber Contemporary Art NYC, the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C., and many galleries in New York and Australia. Her work has been included in Documenta USA, Art Gotham, Redlands/Westpac Invitational Prize and over 25 more group shows. In 1996, Byrnes was awarded a Young Australian of the Year award. Her performance pieces, which have been seen all over the East Village and repeatedly at the HOWL Festival, have been called "wondrous," "purist," and "uncompromising," by London's Daily Mirror. Byrnes published her autobiography The Divine Mistake in 1999 (Pan Macmillan, Australia). She moved from Sydney to New York in 2000 and received Pollock-Krasner awards in 2003 and 2006. A monograph on Theresa Byrnes’s work, unifying her abstract painting, performance art and portraiture, is planned for publication by CHARTA BOOKS in 2012.
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