just in case you needed a reason to make some art today….
Work in progress: “should I be?”
I’ve debated sharing this work, it’s so personal. But what is being an artist other than sharing intensely personal things and hoping that someone understands, or relates, or enjoys.
I am not pregnant. I don’t know when or if I will ever be pregnant again. But what about being a woman or having a child leaves people entitled to ask the current or future status of my uterus? Or comment on the shape of my body? It’s happened often enough that while at first I found it funny, I now question why this is considered appropriate behavior?
I keep thinking that I’ve never felt much disadvantage being a woman. Limited by my gender isn’t something I felt applied to my life. But maybe I’m just aging into it.
As I continue to explore the options of community and public art I happened to think of the idea of a community/shared sketchbook. I have some wonderful friends at the local coffee shop that agreed to host the book and my hope is that people will use it to create and share images. My fear is that it will become a trash heap of vulgarity…but I suppose even that would be a meaningful statement in its own way. What I really want is a retrospective of sketches from our community, and a kind of analog version of shared blog, if you think of it in the way that sketches are generally rather private and this will be public, just as blogs are kind of public diaries.
If this happens to work in this way I have another similar experiment I’d like to move on to that might be just as fun.
Encouraging words on the cover from Crass, and prettified by me.
Back on the apathy train…finally printed up the ‘meh’ design from several weeks ago. I feel like these are useful in my life. They are calling cards, so they can be handed out and that way you don’t even have to go through the effort of speaking.
Just last week I stayed up late in the night to finish this bee motif…only to find it could have waited another week. I’m terrible when it comes to time, I’m usually always too early or too late. Story of my life, honestly. Either way, I enjoy the way it turned out.
Which, if you like, can be voted for at spoonflower here: http://www.spoonflower.com/contests/299
And as usual, not satisfied to leave it at that, I made a lino carving of the bee and flower. I was attempting to experiment with doing a background block of color, but of course since I cut out the bee and flower instead of leaving the background full size, it causes registration difficulties. So it may stay monochromatic, or I may add some color to the bee or flower or maybe even do some kind of mixed media thing with it. Either way, I do love me that bee.
I’ve been sharing many negative thoughts and feelings and such on here, and so I considered not sharing my little sketch. But then I thought, eff it.
all the places we once
are slowly disappearing
and it’s sad
the parts of you in my brain
to all these locations
it’s easier this way
an alzheimer’s of development