Maly Mann, Painter


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With intentions to become a teacher, Los Angeles-based painter Maly Mann subsequently left university to pursue a freelance lifestyle as an artist. A pathway that was always calling, yet blurred with fear. We meet with Maly to speak about the moments that are pivotal in developing creative’s work — time, anxiety, and the courage to call her own boundaries.

Imagery by Nastassia Bruckin


How do you overcome feeling anxious or nervous?

Anxiousness has, and will always be, a strange concept for me. I have never known how to grasp it until it was a part of my reality after I moved to Los Angeles. Though, I am not blaming LA for my sudden rush of anxiety, I think it has always been in me. With that said, it took a bit of time to figure out what methods worked best to ease my nervousness and anxiety. I realized that social media played a big role in the difficulties of calming my mind. I think when things hit heavily I remind myself to take it slow and to take a deep breath. Waking up in the morning and not going directly into my phone, drinking a nice big glass of water, taking a hot bath, and listening to music before I start my day has been a huge help. I do this when I can, and when time permits, but it's always itching on the back of my mind because I know how beneficial it is for me to have a calm day.

If you’re feeling stuck, or uninspired, how do go about transforming your thoughts?

This is a tough one, and I have to be the first one to take my own advice here… I have friends who are in the creative field that have this feeling, too, and I notice a common theme: We all tend to bash ourselves and make ourselves smaller than we are because it is so hard to keep moving forward.

The first thing I remember to do is to forgive myself because being uninspired or stuck, as it is, first and foremost, okay. Giving myself space to center emotions. If I can, I try to write down a list of the things I feel are holding me back internally and I ask myself, 'What's not wrong?', and 'How can I use the positives to further aid the negative?'. Taking it one step at a time is essential.

What rituals do you practice in taking care of yourself?

Setting time apart from the rest of my daily activities is my first step to taking care of myself. I have to constantly remind myself that it is okay to say ‘no’ - it is not a bad thing. Having alone time can be the best thing I do to love my body and mind. When I feel captive in my surroundings, I go for a nice long drive and/or take a walk, and give myself some time to be alone in my thoughts.

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