Butts

Yes. Prose  Cons is up!!! yayyy thesisss!!! and yes, the butts are mine. now to write the paper…

Show looks great!!!! so excited for the reception and everything!!!!

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Something to say: updated

Im thinking of projecting this on the ceiling on loop above my island, gallery visitors can watch whatever parts they want and call in. I can also re-record this video or change my voicemail message (its not to my normal phone btw, its to an online set-up system). I might switch online systems though, I don’t like how this one has the guys voice at the end and cut me off, but this is a sample site. my other option is to redirect to a message through my normal cell phone, and i cant redirect all calls that I get on my real phone for a month, so, i can do that for the opening or something but not the whole time its up. I’m also working on two different films/videos with people so I’ll see how those turn out. I also need to work on my set-up more with my sculptures.

Video

Collaboration

This week I started working on a collaborative film project with my friend Christian and my cousin Devon, both of whom graduated from film programs. The idea of the film is “waking up from apathy” but we’re still ironing out details. Also, I recently had my drawing midterm and was stupid and forgot to photograph my set up. oops. I will re-set it up and photograph it to get some pictures up. I also had a a talk with Julie and realized that I need to chill out about the thesis show. What will be will be, so to speak. Not to say I shouldn’t work, but Julie said I already have stuff I could put into a thesis show, so I should chill out. It’s more a matter of me being satisfied with it that I’m more concerned with. To be honest I’m also slightly concerned with my family seeing nude photos of me up on display, because that was part of my mid-term set-up. Particularly my great aunt, I don’t think she’ll understand. Oh well? My Mid-term critique also helped me think about how to speak about my work and that my final from last semester is about childhood intimidation of sexuality…not that I’m working with that anymore. I think I was freaking out because I really had no clue what I wanted to put in the show, but I’m starting to get more of an idea I think of what my show might look like, maybe. I also have that video I spoke about in another post that drives people crazy, like, I feel bad for making people watch it, but I know I shouldn’t feel bad. I’ll post it when after I make an updated version.

Letter to a young woman artist

To a Young Woman Artist,
I’m sorry this has to be so short, because I have a lot I’d like to talk about with you, but try to read between the lines.  I hope you’re angry but get it over with fast and use it while you’ve got it.  I hope you don’t stop being angry now and then until things are better for all women, not just artists; I hope you’re working from yourself and know how to fuck the art worldpressures when you get out there; and I hope you’re working for everybody else too; I hope you’ll be the one to figure out a way to keep art from being used the wrong way and for the wrong things in society; I hope you make your art accessible to more people, to all women and to everybody; I hope you think about that now and aren’t waiting till you make it, because that’s likely to be too late.  I hope you remember that being a feminist carries with it a real responsibility to be human.  I hope and I hope and I hope . . . love, Lucy Lippard

Something to be said…/discomfort

So, I saw an artist online named Heather Donahue who did these wordless conversations with people, and then she made a video to an ex and edited all the words out. I made a  video partially in response to that, partially something I was already interested in my work. I’m interested in the inability to talk about certain things, for whatever reason; taboo, personal, vulnerability, possible speech impediment, etc. Or something that you can’t talk about in spoken language but want to talk about, how do you talk about it? A lot of my work last semester was trying to translate something from an emotional language into a visual one, but it wasn’t something that was spoken about. Like the drawing exercise of being blindfolded and drawing something that you’re touching. Some things you can’t really express in words, or if you could you don’t think you’d be able to in a way that will get across what you want. This video isn’t about anything too deep, and to be honest didn’t take that much acting for me, lol. It’s obviously (which you’ll get when you watch it) about hitting the wall when talking. Which for me happens a lot, when talking about positive or negative things really. If you know me you’ve probably seen this in action. I really wish I could have recorded some of the past voicemails I’ve left for people, to use with this theme. I’ve made some voicemails that were so beyond awkward that its to a Tim and Eric extreme, but not even on purpose. The panic of having to leave a voicemail is something I’ve talked about with many people. There is also the panic with making a video. Anyway, she deals with communication without the voice, and I guess this is more about the inability to communicate via speech for some reason. Hitting the wall is frustrating, and brings to mind being red in the face with pressure. I would maybe try to make something more about the frustration and pressure and less about the insecurity. What’s even worse, is having the ability to communicate and not being taken seriously because of your voice itself, self-esteem, or subject, or just the fear of this being the case. Anyway, I know the video isn’t that good, it’s really my first attempt at it and it might take a couple more attempts to go about this in a more effective way.

I deleted the video. I think its more effective as a performance piece.

Another idea is to talk about how many choices we have today with EVERYTHING. I feel so overwhelmed sometimes. I was thinking of doing a grocery store video of how I shop, which is really a very long process full of many categories and decisions. Lia said she might help me film that.

I think most of these should be performances, instead of videos. Lately I’ve been stirring my tea/coffee for obscene amounts of time when with friends. I started doing that after watching Tim and Eric in class, but I’ve been doing shit like this for years. I put a bumper sticker on my car crooked to purposely annoy other people (it worked).

I think the new big theme in my work is discomfort and making people uncomfortable (although my other works also made people uncomfortable, I’m just now realizing this as a theme). Whether it’s in sculpture, video, photography, or performance.

Quote time!!!

So, I’ve been working on my mannequin casts and other side projects, photos, a video (maybe, I’ll see how it turns out) but nothing is ready to put out there in the world yet. So, I’ve been reading a lot of great things lately and want to post some stuff and quotes.

“…and then until things are better for all women, not just artists; I hope you’re working for yourself and know how to fuck the artworld pressures when you get out there; and I hope you’re working for everybody else too; I hope you’ll be the one to figure out a way to keep art from being used the wrong way and for the wrong things in this society; I hope you make your art accessible to more people, to all women and to everybody; I hope you think about that now and aren’t waiting till you make it, because that’s likely to be too late. I hope you remember that being a feminist carries with it a real responsibility to be a human. I hope and I hope and I hope…” –Fragments, FROM THE CENTER

“True art, which is not content to play variations on ready-made models but rather insists on expressing the inner needs of man and mankind in its time- true art is unable not to be revolutionary, not to aspire to a complete and radical reconstruction of society.”- Manifesto for an Independent Revolutionary Art, Andre Breton and Diego Rivera

“It realizes that the role of the artist in a decadent capitalist society is determined by the conflict between the individual and various social forms which are hostile to him.”-Manifesto for an Independent Revolutionary Art, Andre Breton and Diego Rivera

I took a lot of valuable quotes (and sentiment) from this article (which is also the article I mentioned during my critique): http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/24/arts/design/outside-the-citadel-social-practice-art-is-intended-to-nurture.html?pagewanted=all&_r=

“women artists have shown a vitality that shuns strategy and stylistics in order to honestly depict the image of the core of their being.” -WET, Mira Schor

“I am interested in solving an unknown factor of art, an unknown factor of life. It cant be divorced as an idea or composition or form. I don’t believe art can be based on that…In fact my idea now is to counteract everything I’ve ever learnt or ever been taught about those things–to find something inevitable that is my life, my thoughts, my feelings.” -Eva Hesse

“People ask me, ‘You’ve been talking about this for 40 years. Have things gotten any better?’ And actually, I have to say, they’ve gotten much worse.” -Jean Kilbourne, Killing Us Softly 4. I recommend watching “Killing Us Softly 4” on Vimeo (also it’s 4 because its the 4th version, there isn’t 4 parts) if anyone hasn’t seen it. Another good video is “Missrepresentation” on Netflix. Netflix has some good documentaries right now. I want to watch “This Film is Not Yet Rated” also but haven’t found it online yet.

Fall’13 Semester

These are two power points that summarize everything I did in the Fall’13 semester. The first one is a REALLY long power point that I made for DrawingIIIA to give to Julie, and the other is for fun (I recommend the fun one). Enjoy.

1. DrawingIIIA

2.  Oh the places my sculptures can go!!

Over winter break I was traveling for a while so I didn’t do that much work, but when I got home I had way too much time alone and just started questioning everything I was doing and went slightly insane. So now I have to sort all that out…so thats what I’m up to now…. 🙂

I’m excited for this semester and am taking some really fun classes.

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