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Welcome to My Antarctica

When I was a child, I was never happier than when I was left to my own devices. This was not for a lack of friends or family but more because I found the worlds I created inside my head to be so much more. . . in sync. . . with who I was and what I wanted to be doing. No matter the game or the season, I was always able to create entire worlds within my own experiences and occupy those spaces for days on end.

I've come to see that while this is not all that uncommon in children, it is usually driven out or buried deep within as we grow into our teens and beyond. We are taught, with good reason, to work and play well with others. . . but some, no. . . many. . . take that to mean they should leave their own self created worlds behind.

Some people hold on to it in a small way. It may be a…

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  • Born on October 10
  • Joined September 12, 2010

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About

Welcome to My Antarctica

When I was a child, I was never happier than when I was left to my own devices. This was not for a lack of friends or family but more because I found the worlds I created inside my head to be so much more. . . in sync. . . with who I was and what I wanted to be doing. No matter the game or the season, I was always able to create entire worlds within my own experiences and occupy those spaces for days on end.

I've come to see that while this is not all that uncommon in children, it is usually driven out or buried deep within as we grow into our teens and beyond. We are taught, with good reason, to work and play well with others. . . but some, no. . . many. . . take that to mean they should leave their own self created worlds behind.

Some people hold on to it in a small way. It may be a hobby they have or a club they join, but again, this can often involve others and not give us enough time to explore quietly and without distraction. And that is fine for many. Just not for me.

It took me quite a long time to recognize that the only way I could really find peace and happiness in the world we live in was to honor that strong imagination and self-creative drive within and to realize that it is perfectly fine to want to be alone. I believe that no matter how close we may want to be to others in our lives, they can never occupy any part of that sacred space within unless we know it deeply ourselves. . . and you can call it imagination, you can call it the consciousness, you can call it our life experiences. . . it does not need a title though.

It is, at the deepest levels, who we innately are.

And those parts of ourselves are truly a landscape in every metaphorical sense and expression of the word.

Sometimes I think that is a vast and lonely place we occupy inside. And it is easy to see why so many make such great effort to either open it up and share it or to close it off completely as they drift into cultural and social assimilation. The time we spend there alone is the only way we "map" that landscape of ourselves so that others can come to walk there safely with us. Instead, we often just grasp at reference points to fit into one group or another. At first glance we may think we are quite alike but, to me, to look at another and assume we are similar is to compare one mountain range to another with just a glance and call them the same.

For me, the last few years have been about returning completely to the spaces I occupied in childhood. Just with an adult mind to facilitate the outward expression. . . I'd like to think my art has become somewhat of a reflection of those simple and quiet inner tales, exploring my own crossroads of both the physical and emotional worlds. Revisiting my own landscapes of the past and those old inner playgrounds and dreamworlds too.

Perhaps I am so fortunate as to, once in awhile, accurately capture my own geography. Illustrating it with a visual language which seeks to suggest more than it expresses, to evoke reactions that will resonate and recall situations which leave trails of implication to follow in the viewers own heart.

Maybe these pieces are a starting point or a reminder of the desire for exploration along your own journey as others have been the reminder for my own.

I hope you like what you see here in this place. It's the slow and ongoing mapping of the landscapes I've come from and returned to.

In My Antarctica.

Wishing that whatever it is you are seeking in your own world, you may find it within everything that you see.

nicolas hall

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In compliance with Etsy's artist disclosure policies I must confess to you. . . :

I am also a seller on Etsy under these shop names and genres

Shadow Of The Sphinx -
Handmade Statues and Votive objects fashioned after Ancient Egyptian Artifacts

Bewilder and Pine -
Handmade Curiosities, Scale Miniature Buildings and Magical Miniature Creations

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