i dunno about y’all, but i have the worst worst winter doldrums usually and this year in particular.
but–okay–before i really get into things and THINGS (bs there’s always things), can we just talk about how increasingly traumatic and upsetting (in an educational way) steven universe is becoming? while still being an amazing show? like, especially in regards to pearls, the expansion of the homeworld’s purview, and trans-gem fusion (otherwise known as slavery, colonialism, and miscegenation)?
But, combine those, and we end up with the last, like, week of my sketch-a-day project:
So, there are more, but these are the ones that I’ve uploaded to my Flickr; although, they all are uploaded to my Instagram because, well, Instagram.
Thing High Atop The Thing, when did this all happen?
On a related-not-related note, these are how pretty the postcard-prints came out:
Aren’t they nice? And, waterless printing!
I also picked up a sticker-making machine so–STICKERS!
They’re kinda craptastic? Because the tops aren’t sealed but, still, stickers.
I CAN MAKE STICKERS ANY TIME I WANT TO!
Idek. But, I like that I can make stickers of my drawings/illustrations and digital paintings.
I can also (re: still) make buttons.
Which, also, tickles me. And, yes, I did, in fact, design and make Winter Soldier and Captain America buttons and stickers.
I may or may not (re: may, definitely, absolutely may) have a Marvel-problem.
And, further corollary to everything, the first Definitely DePere was last week and was–okay? May’s always really slow, and this one was no different. But! There are three more:
All of them are from 5-8, and there’s a list of places that participate. For June, I’ll be at Polito’s Pizza again–which they have really good pizza (I thew gluten-caution aside and had my first real piece of pizza in a longtime, and it was good.)–but July and September I’ll be at Great Harvest Bread Co.
I still don’t understand why any of us are in restaurants; I don’t make the decisions. *hands*
There’s also a Meet the Artist/New Quarter Opening at the ARTgarage coming up on May 22nd so–yay? I’m supposed to demo, so I have to sort something out for it.
I’m–also going to be putting up a commissions page/information soon? (And, a PayPal button for donations or whatever. And, theoretically, adding things to my Etsy so it’s–has things in it. Again.)
*THIS IS THE SOUND MY ANXIETY MAKES*
Now, have the most recent projecTransparency videos (with increasingly more refined production value!):
Okay, y’all, I’m gonna go do other things (like sleep, jfc, I’m tired).
I really, really have had the worst case of exhaustion-related-to-teaching flakiness to ever happen this week. I just can’t. I’m so mad about it.
Luckily, the things that absolutely needed to be finished were completed (a little late but in no way that was more-than-slightly inconveniencing for anyone but me).
But! In all of this, I’ve been developing a couple new series including predator-prey, which is a corollary series to the unnamed friends series; eloi, which was a series I started back in art school and had largely abandoned (but it was inspired by Stargate: Atlantis and its obsession with Frank Lloyd Wright); scales and method, which is an investigation and return to fundamentals and principles that we learn in art school; and something I’ve been referring to as “studio waste” which is still in it’s infant stages, and I’m not certain how or what I’m actually going to be doing with it.
It exists though.
I’m also wandering back into Artist Journals with a series of embroidered, mixed media journals. We’ll see how that goes.
Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo, evidently teaching actually can spawn ideas for me? Who knew?
So, the first of the predator-prey series.
I’m sorry if y’all have seen them before; they’ve just suddenly decided that they are their own series, so I’m having to shuffle around the designated brain-space for them.
But, the concept behind them–so far–is:
A corollary of the unnamed friends series. While predator-prey shares similar ecology to the unnamed friends series, the predator-prey series is more focused on the potential hybridity of chimeric creatures and non-realistic representations of the natural world.
Of course, because this is me, a lot of this is happening through visual culture products like tv and movies in addition to fairytale structures.
Okay, that’s a lie. I always have exciting things. I AM THE GOD OF EXCITING THINGS.
…they’re exciting to me at any rate.
So, evidently, I’m getting a handle on using my iPad for painting-purposes. Yay me! It’s letting me continue the unnamed friends series without being in my studio. <–Sssshhhh…these guys currently aren’t on my Flickr yet. As special thing for y’all.
On-the-go arting. I likes it, my precious. It’s like arting out of my backpack when I was in art school.
One of my most recent mixed media pieces: palimpsest. A palimpsest is “a manuscript page from a scroll or book from which the text has been scraped or washed off and which can be used again.” So, not literally but yeah. This was once part of a color field diptych that I’ve recycled.
It’s also kinda combining several different modes I’ve been working in: fiber/art yarn, color field painting, and my taxonomy series. So, that’s a thing.
Honestly, this is totally not my favorite piece; however, I have had several people really love it. I think it’s kinda safe and pedantic and not really doing more than being pretty, but conceptually, the idea is embedded in the idea of the palimpsest as well as making references to Beauty and the Beast (which is so often the safest of fairytales in my mind) but problematizing it by being on the outside of the story–we are but observers hearing the stories told over and over and going to see ruins–and placing visuals cues for women’s work and how Beauty is both the paragon and the subversion of femininity as well as cue-ing for Rose Windows: symbol of the Virgin Mary as well as being one of the main points of Biblical education in pre-literate Europe.
spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: non-Euclidean geometry (or, The Queen’s Mirror)
Katrina (‘Trie) Blasingame
So, I have a massive thing for the Queen’s magic Mirror. Mirrors (and windows) kinda freak me out because they’re these places of Otherness and alterity. They’re, theoretically, showing us reality, but that reality is different for each person, so how can it really be reality. It’s very quantum.
And, the Queen’s Mirror is even more-so because it sees everywhere, sees the future, sees the past, is a voice and face that only exists for one person, and can move into our world to become something even more horrifying, more grotesque. So, yeah, the Mirror is kinda a thing for me.
non-Euclidean geometry is kinda the Mirror taken to different places: objects in space, bulbous and grotesque, the Sacred Heart, and the vagina dentata. All of this framed in fairytale, illuminated manuscript ways. There’s even some Scott Treleavan reference in there in the framing.
I kinda like these little Vine-vidlets for documenting my pieces. They’re so difficult to photograph; I think the vidlets do better.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, this has gotten really long again, so I’m out.
…yes, I do realize that I freak out–internet-publicly via void-screaming–most of the time. Sorry-not-sorry.
It’s a thing; I’ll stop someday.
Who am I kidding?
So–whatever–submission. This is what I submitted. Now with headcanon!
heacanon: Utilizing Tuttle’s idea of “shadow sketches,”Echo doubles the mythological figure of Echo and the visual culture character Echo from Dollhouse to bring the idea of shadow-selves forward and to emphasize the myriad of selves that we each have and (re)present depending upon time, place, and circumstance that come from that same central place of self no matter the societal or cultural impositions.
headcanon: Fairytales are always about that which is seen and unseen, that which can become manifest with just the right circumstance, just the right nudge. fairy forest works with that idea and illustrates it through the change that the piece undertakes via the absence and presence of light, both exterior and interior.
headcanon:The Wolf-Prince references the ubiquitous “wolf” (i.e., beast-form) characters in fairytales as well as placing the idea of idealized “prince” into question. Additionally, The Wolf-Prince references a number of characters from visual culture: Oz from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rory from Doctor Who, Derek Hale from Teen Wolf, anything and everything from Game of Thrones, and so on. By referencing these vastly different characters in difference ways, the paradigm of the beast and the prince is problematized.
headcanon: Anthropologically, “Ur” is used as an indication of “original” or “primordial;” additionally, Ur was also the first city of Sumeria. The Ur-Prince draws upon this ideas, these references, to negotiate the ubiquity of the prince-figure in fairytales and how the prince is largely an incidental figure whose agency wears ruts in the surface of the tale, yet in the decision to represent the prince as useless, purely ornamental armor, there is hope and shadowing of the new “princes” who have begun to crop up via (post)post-modern fairytales like Once Upon a Time and Grimm.
headcanon: For me, the story of Kore-Persephone is the origin site of all fairytales, is the discursive space in which we can see how all the strength of the feminine was appropriated, changed, and buried by the assertion of masculine whims: Persephone’s original Minion ferocity subsumed and subordinated by Doric invasion and assimilation. The story of Kore-Persephone, as we know it now, is the story of most fairytales with its juxtaposition of opposites that really aren’t opposites and transformations that really aren’t transformations: death stealing life and life changing death; shy maiden to powerful queen; cruelty begetting mercy; the conquered becoming the conqueror.
…should I be being this enthusiastic and spazzy in a public forum? IDK.
Okay, so yeah, that’s kinda where I’ve been: having meetings with the Andrew Linskins, the gallery manager for NorthCoast Gallery (which is part of NorthCoast Productions) and printing cards and working on more pieces and thinking about installation and trying to not freak out every other minute.
So, a full week.
They’re not the best cards ever, but I tried. <–An artist friend of mine thought they were very nice. I’m just happy I could afford to print them.
‘Cause, they look like this in reality:
Yeah. I WANT PRETTY SHINY GLOSSY CARDS.
*kinda sulks inappropriately*
I am, however, attempting to finish this monumental (for me at any rate) piece so that I can hand it in the front hall of the building that NorthCoast is in.
IT’S NEVER GOING TO GET DONE! /o\
…see, and this is why I hadn’t been posting this week: I’m kinda wreck and leaking emotions everywhere.
Pieces! I finished a four-part piece yesterday.
And, they are supposed to go together like this:
This piece is really inspired by spending way to much time on Tumblr. I’m not even kidding.
And, there are classes! Ya know, if y’all would like to take classes. With me. At the ARTgarage. <–I’m totally going to have to create a sidebar with all of the classes. It’ll be less nutty. Right? Right.
Okay. That’s it. That’s the post.
What do y’all think? Of the show? Of the work? Y’all have been so quiet lately.
I’ve been up to my pointed little ears in work. Gallery Nite was last week, so that’s always kinda epic on November because everyone is trying to get everyone else to buy what they’re selling.
(NB: I actually sold a skein of yarn. Mind, y’all, it was like a $15 skein of yarn, but baby-steps, right?)
I was also busy because my bookmaking class at the ARTgarage went (and I think it went well, but I also haven’t looked at the evaluations because evaluations scare the bejeezus out of me after years teaching College Composition. Just no.)
We made six book-types in six hours: instabooks (five forms), hard-backed concertina/accordion books, pamphlet books (they did 3-hole, and I showed them 5-hole), “easy” Coptic bound (still took an hour and a half), Japanese stab stitch (the easiest version but with supplemental instructions on the other three I have wandering around), and a folded altered-book form.
So, yeah, a lot of books in a very short amount of time.
These are two of the books that we made. Everyone chose their own colors for everything, so no person’s book was like anyone else’s unless the person chose it to be. These were the ones I made during the class so that I could show the students what to do.
It’s actually kinda difficult to make the book and talk about making the book at the same time. I hadn’t expected that for some reason. I think, if the class goes again, I’ll be better prepared for that difficulty.
…it totally didn’t help that I hadn’t made books in a while and kinda hadn’t expected the class to actually go.
I’m thinking about talking to the SAW coordinator at the ARTgarage and seeing if a bookmaking class (or papermaking or some sort of fiber arts class) might not be a good addition to the standard curriculum of painting, pastels, and drawing. Not that that isn’t all well and good and necessary, but it seems like it might be nice to start introducing them to alternative art-making forms, right?
What got me thinking about seeing about these additions is that an art!friend of mine asked me (and a bunch of other artists) if we would be interested in helping out with a high school (portable) mural project. I was, so I am. *\o/*
And, another art!friend of mine is putting together another show and has asked me if I’d like to play. This is my friend who coordinated and curated the Circus Nerve show last April, which was amazing and bizarre and we should totally do another circus-themed show because that was fantastic! The piece I made specifically for the show was this guy:
So, yeah, that’s exciting!
And, NaNo is proceeding apace. I’ve actually cracked 40,000, so only 10,000 to go!
Mind, y’all, I think I’m only through about a third of my actual plot, but meh. This silly thing is actually going to be a fully conceptualized and plotted out novel if I die trying! <–There shall be no dying; there shall only be victory!
And, that brings us to poetry. I have been promising, so here are some of the poems I’ve been writing and posting on my on-the-go studio Tumblr/fandom Tumblr (because, if y’all have noticed, a lot of my art-practice is highly conceptualized from visual culture/popular culture, fairy tales, myths, legends, and well, yeah).
Really, honestly, it’s been going on since I got up ridiculously late today.
And, yeah, y’all did read art!hangover. I get hangovers from strange things (e.g., arting, people, people), but interestingly, I don’t get normal hangovers from drinking. Mostly, because I have a ludicrously high tolerance so that it takes so long to get me even going on a good buzz that I get bored with drinking and I find something else to do. Or the party ends. Whichever comes first.
So, yeah, the art!hangover has to do with the change of quarter at the ARTgararge combined with a massive funk that took up most of the last two months, so the last week has been a Case of the Amazing Arting Squid (coming soon to a theatre near you).
The L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poetry/Word Art part of it reads:
a little sea-woman (not really, just a stupid girl)
all operatic beauty and siren-song strength
(there’s always a Before—Before always seems
like a place to have remained if we were sane
rather than rapid, rabid liminality)
then–oh, then–a glance, a rescue
and it’s all idiotic love-at-first-sight
and forego present-identity
for the encompassing ambiguity
of the Loved-Self
destined for 300 years
that ends in sea-foam dissolution and
enter the Sea Witch
driving a hard (maybe cruel)
eternity and salvation available only
through idiotic romantic love
through true loves kiss
(because, of course,
she is Abomination and Fallen
not because she’s Mer
but because she’s a She)
fins to sword-sharp, rending
voice for legs
like Morse Code
self-sacrifice and transmutation
sword-sharp pain to legs to dancing
(because there’s always a
lateral trade in these things)
Mer to something not-quite human (simian)
fish to ape
…and there’s betrayal–
there’s always betrayal–
and betrayal breeds betrayal
dancing to heartbreak
(not everyone knows that its possible
to die from heartbreak
the walking wounded
missing more parts than in that
and all that’s left is more betrayal
the only salvation is blood and death
betrayal and another’s heartache
(there’s a lot of betrayal)
knife to blood to pain to legs to fins again
of course, yet–
because she’s heroic and stupidly in-love
and some oddly skewed feminist ideal
of courage and curiosity and so much
so, there’s no betrayal;
instead there’s suicide and sea foam
water sprite to air elemental
sacrifice and suicide and 300 years of
playing some sort of St. Nicholas scavenger hunt
(for the naughty and nice)
gains some sort of salvation
that a heartless god denies those of
The L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poetry/Word Art part of it reads:
tell me about the bodies
drug from the water
track-lines and bruises visible on
pale, mutilated flesh.
tell me a story
because we are all
left in the wreckage
tell me a story
spanning a 1001 days, a 1001 nights
tell me about the bodies
drug from your memory
graceful lines and shadows
full lives lead in echoes of you
The L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poetry/Word Art part of it reads:
This piece was actually inspired by Spiritflesh by 1001cranes.
That one’s really more Tuttle-esque in that it’s more about the shadows being cast than the shapes themselves.
Okay, I’m going to go. I’ll try not to be such a slacker.
I don’t have anything done from it yet (actually, I’m kinda still incubating it a bit), but I think I might be ready to talk a little bit more about it.
So, for those of you playing the Home Game, once upon a time, I was a dyed-in-the-wool academic.
Still am, actually; I just do art-y things now that write papers or present at conference mostly.
And, if you’ve heard this all before, please feel free to skip to the end. Just like in Princess Bride. I promise there will be no damaging of perfect breasts in this. No breasts were remotely harmed in the making of this post. Swear.
But, yeah, academic, and I don’t fanart well because, while I’m an artist, I’m not really a draw-people type artist. I’m conceptual and mixed media with sculptural tendencies and a hankering (sic) for fiber. So–drawing, not really part of my wheel-house except when we’re talking about things like my unnamed friends or the beast series.
It’s just how I roll: fast and outta control.
I’m also post-postmodern (or quixotic postmodern or conscientious postmodern–something of that nature), which means that I deconstruct, analyze (and is it just me that “analyze” is kinda a pervy word?), meta, reconstruct, and meta some more.
Again, this is why popular culture/Visual Culture, fairytales, and mythology are like my THING. They’re inherently meta, and I can just fiddle meta about.
What I’m planning is kinda a two (maybe three?) pronged series where bits and pieces of fanfic are going to be translated into embroidered pieces and/or giant Word Art (because Word Art was always one of those things I enjoyed playing with and working on, but I really haven’t had anything Word Art-y in the process since I left Art School because it always seems to take up so much space and there’s already a space issue in my studio because old art hasn’t sold or hasn’t been boxed properly to be sent to storage), and there’ll be sculptural not-installations that are meta character studies like I’m totally cos-playing evil-werewolf!Stiles from Dogs of War by Saucery and this image by creature13 and have plans to install the costume as an art piece with these sources cited. And I have ideas for semi-Cubist metal sculptures/wall pieces that are, like, gestural experiences of certain characters or moments from fandom and stuff with exquisite-corpse-esque interpretations of media.
So, yeah, it’s gonna be fanart, but it’s gonna be fanart in that was that isn’t in a traditionally-fanart way.
…I’m likely to end up being really unpopular everywhere? Maybe?
I’m very good at citation. I swear.
And, because I know most people don’t read my blog for me being all wordy and blathery and stuff, here’s some yarn (imaged as a process) that I just finished up.
And, believe it or not, I sold these three skeins:
Also, since we’re here and talking about yarn and fiber and things, I’m going to be at ArtStreet off and on all weekend with the Traveling Treadlers. Also, I have my class information, if people are interested in classing with me:
“Give Spinning a Whirl.”: An Introduction to Spinning Yarn <–Sorry bad!title is bad. We tried “Spinning, yo.”, but I didn’t want a Knitta-Please-level of awfulness; the only other thing we were coming up with was “You spin me right ’round, baby, right ’round.”, but we figured it was wrong for the demographics.
When: Thursday, September 13th 4 – 6p.m.
Saturday, September 29th 10a.m. – 12p.m.
Tuesday, November 13th 4-6
Where: the ARTgarage
Cost: $50–includes drop spindle and roving
6-in-6: Six Books Types in Six Hours
When: Saturday, November 10th 1-4
Sunday, November 11th 1-4
Where: the ARTgarage
Cost: $60–includes materials
Additionally, Gallery Nite is coming up on Sept 20th. I’ll be there demo-ing and trying to be charming.
Questions, comments, concerns? What to ask me what I’m thinking with this fandom stuff? Go for it! I do enjoy chatting about this stuff.