New Directions for 2017

Hello everyone!

Wow! Where did the time go?! I know that they say that time flies, but I’m going to have to quote my beloved grandmother, who made it almost 96 years on this earth. I consider her to be the utmost authority on how one experiences time.

“Time doesn’t fly, it evaporates.” -Eileen McGuire, on countless occasions.

Writing about art was not necessarily my biggest creative goal of 2016. With so much life transition, grief to process, and general life craziness, I guess that I just needed a bigger break than I intended.

So, with that being said, I can’t promise a schedule right now, but here’s what I can promise:

  1. More features on individual artists and their studio practices like this one. I enjoy meeting with people one on one (In any instance) and I enjoy learning the stories behind the art.
  2. Exploring alternative spaces and the communities of artists that run them. Having run the administrative side of a communal, artist run gallery, I know the importance of having these spaces available for artists of all levels. This is especially true in times where there is a great need of safe spaces for artistic expression. I’d like to see who is out there working for the greater community at large, and not just within my own backyard.
  3. Lastly, some in depth discussion and dissection of my own art. I think it is important to be able to discuss the stories of the people that lie beneath the surface of each piece that I’ve been working on. This will be just for my own benefit and growth.

In the last year I have discovered that while I do try to remain pretty diplomatic and open in general, my own political and personal feelings have been growing more concrete in the current climate. I’ve realized in a way that I had been afraid to give a full opinion in many ways for fear of backlash in my past writings. My favorite pieces from that era are the ones where I do come out of my shell a bit more. As such, I’ll be expressing more from my own strong voice and identity that really cannot be suppressed any longer. I’ve got opinions and when they are strong, they are HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPS. (I’ll bet that there are some of you out there who have been waiting for this. Believe me, so have I.)

However, I will NEVER tell anyone that they CANNOT or SHOULD NOT make art (unless they are physically harming themselves or others. If that’s you, that’s something we should discuss on the side in person). Creative expression is CRITICAL to our growth as a society and species. What has lasted the longest? Our art. What will I say then? Oh let me count the ways! How it could be better, how it relates to our contemporary society, what may be missing from what it could be claiming to state, how it could perpetuate stereotypes we desperately need to break from, etc., etc., etc.

I’ve been out of the game for quite awhile, but now is the time that our voices need to be heard. If this blog can be used as a platform for those who need it, I’m happy to help amplify the messages that need to be heard.

Be seeing you soon. Cheers!

 

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