Tag: writing

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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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…

Laylah Ali

1. Laylah Ali

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2. Nancy Spero

Christina Ramberg

3. Christina Ramberg

Sister Corita Kent

4. Sister Corita Kent

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5. Dana Degiulio

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6. Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

Rashayla Marie Brown

7. Rashayla Marie Brown

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8. Susan Sontag

Agnes Martin

9. Agnes Martin

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10. Beauty is a Verb

Ana Mendieta

11. Ana Mendieta

Alex Gingrow

12. Alex Gingrow

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13. Marcel Broodthaers

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14. Bernadette Mayer’s writing experiments

Alice Volger

15. Alice Volger

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

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Where Does It Hurt?

My final paper/project for my Writing as Art class last semester… I was going to make some edits before sharing it, but I decided to post it the way it was submitted first. I’m very attached to this work and will continue to develop it over the next few months. Creating this project was both challenging and incredibly rewarding. The thought of sharing it publicly gives me a lot of anxiety, but I am interested to see how others receive it. Please feel free to leave comments! xoxo

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Still Here

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I’ve been absent for a couple weeks now and my excuse is just that I’ve been busy (this is a valid excuse, I promise). Anyway, things are wrapping up (no pun intended) as the holiday season quickly approaches, so I am finally finding time to return to the things I’ve had to place on the back burner recently.

Today I am finishing the first paper of my graduate school career (it has been no easy task, but it’s almost done!) Maybe I will post the finished paper in its entirety on the site later, or at least a link to it…but here is a peek:

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In the next two weeks I will teach my last museum classes and gifted art classes of the year. Here are some of the projects we have been or will be working on:

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Literal art gouache paintings

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Monochromatic paintings

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Abstract sculptures inspired by Chihuly’s glass pieces

My goals for this month are to finish a commissioned painting, start a new personal project (which I’m really excited and will share details about soon), and relax! I have a lot more to do, but I’ll spare you the list. Hopefully I will be able to post on here more frequently again, but for now, here is some more evidence that I have been alive and well:

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My Life in Lists

Hello! Do you have snow where you live? If so, I hope you’re staying safe and are able to enjoy it. Personally, I’m not a fan of snow except that I like looking at it and there is a lot to look at today here in Roanoke.

Anyway, I decided that today is a good day to talk about organization. I sometimes forget things really easily, so one thing I do to help myself stay organized and on top of things is to make lists and make lots of them. I make daily to-do lists, lists of goals for the future, lists of ideas, and so on. I even bought a book a few years ago called “My Future Listography: All I Hope To Do in Lists.”

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Recently, I found some small paperback sketchbooks that I really love. They come in two different sizes and a few different colors. They remind me of the Moleskine books, but they are a little cheaper. The brand is Fabriano, in case you want to look for them. I get mine at Michaels.

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Ever since I started buying them last year, I use them for everything–to take notes for an online class, to plan art lessons, to record my blood sugar levels, to sketch, and of course to write lists. Writing things down by hand helps me to remember them better and it helps me stay organized.

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Thanks for reading!

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