Here's the cool thing about working with paper sculpture and living in Seattle: YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT RAINS. Also, my panels are still currently drying. (Yeah, new life lesson: Don't ever use paper cement. Stuff's weeak.)
So, here's my most recent piece of work!
Carolee Schneeman is mostly a performance artist, but I would describe her more as multi-media artist. She makes these elaborate backgrounds, and performs in front of them, expressing the female struggles.
One of her pieces that she has that sticks out in my mind is called Interior Scroll.
Yeah, what? Okay.
I appreciate the concept of her work, especially in this piece, that the woman is suppressed and is not noticed as an intellectual being in society. The only sort of wisdom that comes out of the woman is through the vagina, because well, that's where babies come from.
When I look at her work, it is definitely shocking. I was taken aback by the work she did: I found that it was put together with what looks like to be trash, and then do a very sexual performance in front of the piece. It was slightly uncomfortable, because it was definitely confrontational and violently addresses the feminist movement of the time. Then 40 years later, she moves on and does her piece on her cat, before her cat dies of leukemia. I think when her cat dies is a pivotal movement for her artwork. She starts expressing her loss by creating her piece, Infinity Kisses II, which questions her own mortality.
A friend recently bragged about how easy my life is compared to hers, because I attend art school and sit around and draw for 6 hours. I don't spend my time writing papers for classes I don't even care about. No, I just sit and draw forever. I wish art school was that simple. I find that I struggle with this concept of people, especially the ones closest to me and my relatives think that art school is easy and impractical.
Sometimes (not sometimes but almost all the time) the more emotional things are for me, the easier it is to come up with an idea.
I decided to pick camouflage.
Do you know those billboards when you drive by, that say one thing on one side, then say something else on the way back? Like, the first billboard is about fighting about child obesity, and then when you pass by it on the way home, it says something like "OH YEAH MCDONALDS IS AWESOME FEED IT TO YOUR CHILDREN!"? Well, I'm adopting that technical structure for my project.
They are parallel texts: "You're an artist, It's impractical/You're an artist, it's love on paper."One way, you see the negative text, up in yo grill being like, "You're an artist, you're a failure son!"and then the other side will say "Yeah well, fuck that other side." Obviously, not as straightforward and silly as that.
I'm using print art as my studio x class, so I can fill that requirement and work on something that I'm not so good at. (Turns out when I have a focus, I like print art more than I expected. yay for exploration!)
The main thing I want to work on is the actual craft of my artwork. I don't exactly have problems with concepts exactly, but it's the way I execute the project. So, I have to keep this neat. This is going to be an interesting experience, I can tell you that straight up.
I've made my monoprints on newsprint, to symbolize how the fragile words are, and that if you don't really care about what people say about you or your work, then it has no meaning whatsoever. Then, I'm going to take those sheets and spray mount them onto cardboard (the fancy kind), and cut out strips of 4 or 5 inches across, and use paper tape (my love) to secure both panels together. Then I am going to glue the rest onto cardboard. This will hang on the wall. Somehow.