“Big ego, low self-esteem”

Lubaina Himid, photographed at home in Preston Lancashire. Photograph Antonio Olmos for the Observer

Lubaina Himid, photographed at home in Preston Lancashire. Photograph Antonio Olmos for the Observer

Is there a certain type of artwork that you keep in your bedroom?
Strangely, there are works of mine in the bedroom, but they’re not works that I’ve shown. They’re experiments with painting, plants and patterns, very quiet things. I don’t get too agitated about them because they were never intended for something. Otherwise I’m full of doubt: are they good or not? [laughs] It’s that “big ego, low self‑esteem” thing that artists have.
(Lubaina Himid, quoted by Killian Fox, “Home is where the art is: what Paula Rego, Lubaina Himid and other artists hang on their walls,” Tim Adams, interviews by Imogen Carter and Killian Fox, The Guardian, 8-26-18)

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About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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