Category: Inspiration

Spring Inspiration (March – May)

This spring, I was largely inspired by talks and pieces of writing, maybe because I was fully immersed in my own studio work and I was mostly seeking written and verbal guidance:

“We can never have peace if we cannot understand the pain in each other’s hearts. The more we interact, the more we will come to realize that our humanity transcends all differences.”

1. Article: An Open Letter to the Next Generation of Artists by Wayne Shorter + Herbie Hancock

“L’Engle weathered 26 rejections before Farrar, Straus & Giroux finally took a chance on A Wrinkle in Time. Many publishers were nervous about acquiring the novel because it was too difficult to categorize. Was it written for children or adults? Was the genre science fiction or fantasy? “

2. Article: “12 Fantastic Facts About A Wrinkle in Time” by Ali Parr

“Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”

3. Article: Why Emotional Excess is Essential to Writing and Creativity by Maria Popova (selected quote from The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947)

“Where did I get the idea that being stoic and silent was the best way to be a strong young woman? Modern medicine suggests that we amputate, shut up, or extract what we’ve identified as the problem. That we must “overcome” or “defeat” our illnesses and our wounds. Take a pill, cut it out, burn it off, etc. But what if our symptoms have something to tell us? What if every articulation of our bodies, minds and spirits, pleasurable or painful, light or dark, were a message spoken in a perfect language? In this time when we have so many unanswered questions, the danger is not that our symptoms speak, the danger is not listening to what they have to say.”

4. Article: “Your Body is Attacking Itself”: How Language Can Get in the Way of Healing by Jesse

5. Work by Christoph Niemann

6. Amanda McCavour and her work (McCavour currently has an exhibition of her work at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA (Eye of the Needle) and she was generous enough to do an experimental drawing workshop with us this past spring.)

7. Work by Suzanna Fields

“But practiced at its highest level, mise-en-place says that time is precious. Resources are precious. Space is precious. Your self-respect and the respect of others are precious. Use them wisely. Isn’t that a philosophy for our time?”

8. Article: For a More Ordered Life, Organize Like a Chef by Dan Charnas

9. Holly Exley and her work

10. Tumblr Account: Dear Art Director

11. Article: The Illustrated Correspondence of Artists by Allison Meier

12. Podcast: TED Radio Hour

13. Fran Meneses and her work

14. Album: Good Grief by Lucius

Links: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14

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January + February Inspiration

Note: Sometimes the things I include in these posts directly influence something I’m working on; other times I include things that just inspire and motivate me to continue making work.

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1. Flower parade featuring floats inspired by Vincent van Gogh in the Netherlands

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2. This heartbeat gif

“Envy will eat you alive; cynicism will eat your work alive.”

3. Jerry Saltz’s tips for art students

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4. Paintings by Guayasamín

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5. Exhibition: Queen by Molly Zuckerman-Hartung and Dana DeGiulio

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6. This sewing gif

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7. Poetry Readings

“One of the hardest things about being chronically ill is that most people find what you’re going through incomprehensible—if they believe you are going through it. In your loneliness, your preoccupation with an enduring new reality, you want to be understood in a way that you can’t be. “Pain is always new to the sufferer, but loses its originality for those around him,” the nineteenth-century French writer Alphonse Daudet observes in his account of living with syphilis, “In the Land of Pain.” “Everyone will get used to it except me.””

8. New Yorker article: What’s Wrong with Me? by Meghan O’Rourke

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9. Videos of the old masters at work

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10. Vintage NASA Posters

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11. Isabelle Arsenault and her illustrations for Jane, the Fox, and Me

“I’m not a celebrity, I’m a worker. I’ve always worked. I was working before people read anything about me, and the day they stopped reading about me, I was doing even more work. And the idea that if you’re a mother, you’re not doing anything—it’s the hardest job there is, being a mother or father requires great sacrifice, discipline, selflessness, and to think that we weren’t doing anything while we were raising a son or daughter is appalling. It makes me understand why some human beings question their worth if they’re not making a huge amount of money or aren’t famous, and that’s not right.”

12. Interview with Patti Smith by Alan Light

Links: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12

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November + December Inspiration

“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.” -Stephen King

1. My fall semester instructors/advisors/mentors: Gerry Bannan, Tim Nickodemus, and Pamela Sneed

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2. Illustrations by Maira Kalman

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3. Documentary: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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4. Cut paper art by Rogan Brown

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5. The life and afterlife of Henrietta Lacks a.k.a. He-La

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6. Book: Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth

“Guaranteeing to “get well” similarly reinforces the notion that health is a binary, with sickness on one side and wellness on the other. Is it? Doctors increasingly diagnose conditions pre-cancerous, pre-diabetic, pre-bad, and everyone’s health is constantly fluctuating, like one’s pulse or blood pressure.”

7. Article: The Pressure to Say You’re OK by Adam Baer

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8. Book: The Reality Shows by Karen Finley

Links: 1a/1b/1c/2/3/4/5/6/7/8

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August/September/October Inspiration

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1. Surgical Wall Project | Joshua Klein, Roy Schneider, and Tonya Floyd-Bradstock

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2. Lynda Boss Illustrations

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3. Andreina Davila | [I AM] Series

4. Art Experiments in Space

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5. Scarred for Life | Ted Meyer

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6. El Deafo by Cece Bell

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7. One Lump or Two? Things That Suck About Being Diabetic by Haidee Soule Merritt

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June + July Inspiration

Extra long because of an intense 6 weeks…

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1. Laylah Ali

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2. Nancy Spero

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3. Christina Ramberg

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4. Sister Corita Kent

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5. Dana Degiulio

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6. Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

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7. Rashayla Marie Brown

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8. Susan Sontag

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9. Agnes Martin

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10. Beauty is a Verb

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11. Ana Mendieta

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12. Alex Gingrow

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13. Marcel Broodthaers

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14. Bernadette Mayer’s writing experiments

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15. Alice Volger

Links: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15

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May Inspiration

Last month I was largely inspired by performances and stories…

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1. Movie: Big Eyes

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2. Documentary/Exhibition: Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

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3. Musical Performance: Banda Magda

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4. Joseph Marr’s sugar sculptures

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5. Kurt Pio’s diamond paintings

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6. Karen Schwartz’s abstract paintings

Links: 1/2/3/4/5/6

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April Inspiration

Wow, can you believe it’s already May? Here are some things and people that inspired me last month:

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1. Terry Winters

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2. Jennifer Bartlett

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3. Amy Poehler’s book Yes Please

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4. Designs by Geoff McFetridge

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5. Designs by Kate Zaremba

“Tig Notaro: I really had the fear that if I walked away from this opportunity to perform that I would never be able to again.

Ira Glass: Oh wow, I didn’t understand that.

Tig Notaro: Yeah. You know, my life could just start changing very quickly. I could immediately be on chemo. I could be ill. My past four months had shown me that who knows what’s coming up.”

6. This American Life by Ira Glass: “What Doesn’t Kill You”

Links: 1/2/3/4a/4b/5/6

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March Inspiration

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1. Grids (still)

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2. Pip and Pop’s Confectionary Installations

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3. Paper Nervous Systems by Barbara Wildenboer

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4. Paintings by Lulie Wallace

“Creating consumes. It is all day, every day. It knows neither weekends nor vacations. It is not when we feel like it. It is habit, compulsion, obsession, vocation…Saying “no” has more creative power than ideas, insights and talent combined. No guards time, the thread from which we weave our creations. The math of time is simple: you have less than you think and need more than you know.”

5. Article: “The Most Successful Creative People Constantly Say No” by Kevin Ashton

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6. The story and work of Judith and Joyce Scott

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7. Alejandro Cesarco

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8. MRI Produce Scans

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9. Online Class: Medicine and the Arts

Links: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9

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