Monday, November 30, 2020

Be defeated, carry on

 Art work is hard.

Artwork is a working through of disappointments and a growing recognition of failure to the point of defeat.  But still we wake up, and there is inspiration, and we go on.

Be defeated.  Carry on.     Agnes Martin

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

my town studio again

She was inside and the outside was alive and separate.
My solitude is my treasure, the best thing I have.
I am my own riddle.
O sir, you must not seek to steal away my solitude.
It is a thing we women are taught to dread.
O the terrible tower.
O the thickets round it.

from Possession by A.S. Byatt - found in November 1991 journal

Saturday, November 21, 2020

we are in the midst of a revolution that will ultimately change how we see

We are in the midst of a social revolution that will ultimately change how we see everything, as radically transformative as the smashing of an atom.  There is a re-evaluation of the female principle in religion, in psychology, and in the quality and relationship of humanity to the planet we live on.  Artists who restore the iconography of the sacred female to contemporary culture are healing the imbalance between the masculine and the feminine that plagues our social fabric.

From 2002 journal.

I think these words are by the intelligent Canadian art critic Robin Laurence because I was reading her book about Gathie Falk at the time.  But I am not sure.  If you know who said these profound words nearly 20 years ago, please comment or email me. The words resonate still.  xo

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

existential questions

Her singular approach arises from the soul, her inner core, unrelentingly feminine, yet with a deep concern with universal themes, existential questions, and the passage of time.

Making is intuitive, exploratory, and without catering to market pressure.

Her innovative manipulation, trial and error process, poetic perception of the matter....the materiality of her projects.

Diane Charbonneau's beautiful writing about glass artist Susan Edgerley in Studio 2019 spring summer magazine