I think it’s been ten years since I drew from a model. 10 years! I am so rusty but enjoyed it immensely. Not sure why I waited so long to do it again. In trying to find the largest sketchbook I could to take with me, I had to use a 1/2 used one I had kicking around from college around the time I was writing my thesis and preparing my grad school applications. And, not surprising I suppose, is how many of the quotes I scribbled inside remain relevant to me today as they were when I was writing my artist statement about 15 years ago.
“Most exciting and encouraging has been the blurring of boundaries of all sorts and a serious and complex investigation on the part of artists, critics and curators of the ‘fuzzy edges’…” - Annette DiMeo Carlozzi
“The acceptance of eclectic cross-disciplinary artistic practice, the mining of high and low, the incorporation of power politics (race, class, gender) as content for art are all standard fare. Think mix and match.” - Teresa Bramlette
“Hybridity of form, maturation of identity politics (including feminism)… far less obligation to treat everything from the ‘culture industry’ as an alien object. This goes beyond the critical stance of orthodox postmodernism with its politically correct distance from appropriated images and policed boundaries between fine art and mass production.” - Johanna Drucker, Art Papers, May-June 1998
“More lasting in the ’90s has been an art centered on the fragile nature of the human condition, where the body is expressed through absence rather than presence…embodied ides of absence/presence…” - Olga Viso
“The most significant development in the ’90s has been pluralism - the decline of the center…” - John K. Grande
“I don’t think that the visual arts have the power or cultural saturation that would be required to create or even inspire social or political change.. I want puzzles and poetry… the creation of a great hall of mirrors.” - Debra Wilbur
Local and wanting to draw, too? Apache Cafe every Monday for their Bohemian Circus.
It is true that I miss intelligent companionship, but there are so few with whom I can share the things that mean so much to me that I have learned to contain myself. It is enough that I am surrounded with beauty.