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Victoria Baker listens to herself



Victoria Baker, fine art student at Oxford Brooks, does the Listening to Yourself exercise


When going into this exercise I expected it to help me organise everything on my to do list. I also thought I could sit down and talk to myself about my art projects and how to progress with them. I believe talking to yourself is like doodling, it stops you from focusing too hard and allows your mind to become clearer. I tested myself by doing the exercise when my brain was foggy and I couldn’t get my work done. I thought somehow it might kick start the thinking process.

I began by discussing the topic of my current project, non-linear adolescence and domestic space. The conversation quickly merged into a reflection on the detachment of childhood and adulthood. I explored my feelings of disassociation with the child I saw in old photos of myself. I assured myself that the limbo I currently lurk in has been exacerbated by experiencing adolescence in a time where I am either locked down in my family home I looked down away from my family.

Although the conversation itself wasn’t necessarily positive, I found experience to be soothing. I ended with a clearer mind. I was able to be more honest with myself which, I believe, in turn will allow me to explore my art practice in more depth.

I believe if I continue to do this exercise on a regular basis it would help me clear my thoughts and get to the bottom of any anxieties, making day-to-day life easier.


Talking to yourself allows you to explore your subconscious mind on the deepest personal level. Once the concept becomes natural thoughts and feelings come out that you may previously have been unaware of. Whether you’re overflowing with ideas or your mind is empty. I think it’s a great practice for anyone.


Audio transcript


Talking to yourself, allows you to explore your subconscious mind on the deepest, personal level. Once the concept becomes more natural thoughts and feelings come out that you may not have even previously been aware of. I think this is a great practice for anyone, whether you’re overflowing with ideas or your mind is blank. It was really helpful for myself, to get my creative ideas flowing, which in turn influenced my art practice.