From left to right: In the Works, In Repair, In Control
18″ x 24″
October 26-27, 2014
I finally finished my submissions for the Medical Avatar exhibition that’s coming up. Despite my busy schedule, I decided to enter this show because the theme is relevant to the work that I’m currently doing. I had even planned on doing more self-portraits this semester.
The prompt was this: Entries should include three self-portraits: you as you are today; you as you will be in 5 years if you continue with an unhealthy habit you have today; and you as you will be in 5 years if you continue with a healthy habit you have today.
This process was pretty frustrating and I wasn’t surprised that it turned out that way. Self-portraits are hard for me to get through. It was an interesting experience, making three self-portraits in different styles and with different messages. I’ll post more background information later on.
Thanks for visiting :]
I tend to take things for granted when I have a lot going on, and by “a lot going on” I don’t necessarily mean being really busy (although many days I am). Every year when the holidays start to approach, I start thinking a lot and I get a bit overwhelmed by my thoughts. I have two theories to explain why this happens to me. The first is that I look at the end of the year as a time to reflect on the past year. I think about where I was, emotionally and physically, this time the year before. What changes did I hope for back then and what became of those hopes? Were any of them turned into realities, and if not, why not? I think about what next year is going to bring and whether I’m excited for the future or scared. My second theory is that this cold weather makes me feel lazy and well, cold. I really want to just nap, watch Netflix, listen to music, and drink hot drinks.
On Thanksgiving Day though, it’s nice to take a moment to remind myself how fortunate I am. I have everything I need to survive, and as a diabetic, that’s saying a lot. Aside from having those essentials, I have lots of things that allow me to live comfortably and happily. Not everyone can say the same. So today, be thankful for the things you have, instead of focusing on the things you don’t. Have a wonderful thanksgiving :]
I’m not doing a very good job of keeping the site updated, I know! :/ The last few months have been crazy in a slow kind of way if that makes any sense… The future is still a little fuzzy, but I have been taking steps toward the things I ultimately want. I promise I’ll actually elaborate on that in the next few posts (which will not be months apart…). After some updates, these are the next 5 posts you can expect to find here (maybe or maybe not in this order):
- My August show at Larkin Arts
- The story behind the collaborative bookshelf chair
- The story behind the conjoined twins project
- The zillions of hours that led to me finally earning a teaching license (this will probably be split up into multiple posts)
- My experiences at some conferences/workshops in the last year
I have so many things I want to share! That’s just part of the list :P
It feels like I just graduated from high school yesterday, but here I am, a college grad. I have mixed emotions about the whole thing really, and I don’t think it will truly hit me that I’m not going back until August when I’m not packing up the car with all my things to move back to campus. It’s bittersweet for sure. A big part of me feels very ready for this next step (whether I can clearly tell you what that next step is exactly…well that’s another story). I graduated cum laude and I’m super proud of my accomplishments. I’m excited to see what opportunities may present themselves to me. I’m excited for something different and new.
Don’t get me wrong, though, I am pretty nervous about the future. I’m still in the job-searching period of my post-grad life and waiting anxiously for an offer. Right now, I am looking for a position as an art teacher hopefully not too far away so that I can live at home for a little while.
I do miss JMU and the people I became friends with there. I miss the beautiful campus and the feeling of independence I had. It’s kind of sad knowing I’ll never go back there as a student. I’m also not looking forward to paying off my loans… There are definitely some perks to being done, though. I get to be around for more family stuff and spend more time with my boyfriend and friends who live here. I also don’t have to move all my stuff again (for a while at least). I can hopefully manage my diabetes better now that I’m a little more in control of my schedule and what I eat, etc.
I have lots of plans for the summer to keep me busy while I nervously await a job offer! I have another art show in August in Downtown Harrisonburg, so I’ll be working on stuff for that. I’ll put up more information on that show very soon. I’m also in the process of opening an Etsy store! I’ll mostly be using it to sell my hand-painted clothing, but I’ll probably put some small drawings and paintings there too. I will also post something about that once the store is up and running.
I’ve been contacting local artists, galleries, and boutiques in search of more opportunities to get my work out to the public. I’m kind of unsure as to how I should approach this kind of thing, so I’m seeking advice from those who know more than I do :P
I’m not too sure where I’ll be in a few months, which is kind of intimidating, but I’ll be sure to share my journey with you guys on here :] Stay tuned!
Me and my super supportive parents :]