Ellie is a total perfectionist and is normally very hard-working. When she gets stuck into a project, she will work flat out until it is completed. She will often strategically plan and visualise things in her head whilst lying in bed, walking or swimming, so that she can get things done as efficiently as possible and to the highest standard when she finally sits down to work.
In the in-between times, when there are no pressing deadlines or no inspiring projects on the go, Ellie is easily distracted. When she loses focus, she has been known to waste hours on end on the internet and recently particularly on Facebook
. After these sessions, Ellie feels depressed and suffers from an immense sense of guilt.
Ellie believes that entering into a new collaboration and working in the same space and on the same project as another artist, will ensure that neither is distracted by such trivialities. Each artist will help to motivate and inspire the other and to ensure they stay focussed on the task in hand and complete it to the highest level of quality.
Ellie wishes to use the start of this new collaboration to professionalise her working week - to be strict about the working day in order to ensure time is used efficiently and that goals are achieved. This should result in neither artist being required to work late into the night, as often occurs at the moment. Both artists can therefore begin to create greater distinctions between their work and leisure and can enjoy more recreational activities such as watching films and reading in the evenings and weekends, rather than experiencing the constant guilt that 'there is work to be done'.
The working day should also allow time for more structured research. Ellie wants to begin a reading programme in which twenty pages of philosophical, theoretical or critical texts are read each day and then discussed. This will help to progress and develop collaborative ideas and to define a context for the new collaborative practice.