I usually write a Welcome to the New Year post filled with things I'd like to do and make, maybe some specially chosen words to guide me, a photo or two of white winter scenes or a cozy jack by the fire. As we head into the second week of January 2022 I'm even less inclined to welcome this fresh, new year. Currently I'm lying flat on my back as my SI joint gives me grief. Again. Tom is in town picking up a solenoid or adaptor or thingamajig to try and fix our heating system which went on the fritz just before we head into our first major deep freeze. Not one plumber/electrician called him back. Assholes! The 'Whole Family Together' holiday plans got trashed because of this latest round of The 'vid. And frankly don't see any light at the end of this pandemic tunnel.  I'm just really done with it all. Happy fucking 2022. ...
In our ongoing series Between Artists: A conversation with Bridgette Guerzon Mills she asks: I am super curious how your media break went. Was it hard? Did it take some time to adjust? Do you feel like it's a necessity in today's world?   Caveat: my summer break was more about "I'm Going Outside" than taking time away from media per se though that, in fact, was what transpired so I'll answer from that perspective. When I had my epiphany of Maybe I'm NOT a 'Working Artist'  I felt this strong need to GET OUT OF THE STUDIO. Yes. I just yelled that. Much the same way you do when watching one of those horror flicks where the girl (Why always a girl? Seriously, we are NOT stupid!) says, "Gee, I heard a noise in the studio." At midnight. When alone. In the dark. During a storm. And the electricity has just gone out. Then proceeds to descend into the inky blackness. Yes. That strong. Yes. That loud. The social media aspect didn't even ente...
I'm making progress on the pieces for the Spring show and I thought it may be of interest to show how I go about developing a series, one of my favourite things, actually. There are generally three stages/criteria that virtually all my series have in common. Subject matter. Theme and visuals. Size. Yep. It matters! Look and Feel. Unifying palette and markmaking. Subject Matter Almost always there are words that kick things off.  For this current series, the show theme is 'Memory'. I wrote about this paragraph in  my last post : "He hated confronting those lost moments, being presented with some detail from his past and having to look on it like a stranger. It made his life feel like a made-up thing. A net full of holes." Which got me thinking about the reliability of our memories, the lives we construct and alternate realities. Right on the heels of a paragraph or phrase are the visuals, which often show up as if they had been connected all along or something. ...
Memory.  What is your very first memory? What if it wasn't true? What if WHO you are is based on lies-okay so not lies but mistruths and faulty memories? This is what I'm thinking about right now.  Shortly after I closed up shop at the end of June, ready to head out into the garden for the summer, I received an email from a gallery curator asking me to participate in a show next April.  You may recall (or not -  here's the link ) my answer to question 9 ("Describe THE thing that would make you think 'I've made it'") in 10 Questions for Artists was " A gallery owner that comes to ME and asks for a solo show. Yep. That'd pretty much be nirvana for me." If you ever doubted for one minute that The Universe is always listening, trying to help you out? Let this be a gentle nudge to say, "Yes. Yes it is!" Thoughts become things, my friend. And lest you get all hot under the collar saying, "Yah. Well, Jen. I've wanted to earn a...
Wednesday's 10 Questions for Artists was the tenth and final installment for this series. I may revisit it in the fall, so if you'd like to join in, let me know . This also marks the beginning of my hiatus on posts and published artmaking. I'll be focussed on my garden, swimming in the lake (well, sitting in my floatie) and taking a media break until September. I'm sure there will be a photo or two posted on Instagram so be sure to follow me there, if you aren't already. A big thank you to all the artists who took time out of their busy schedules to answer my 10 Questions. See all y'all in the Fall!...
If you've been around the Nova Scotian arts and crafts community for any length of time, you will recognize Julie's name. But it wasn't until a few years ago that I discovered HER work. And I gotta say, sorry Julie, I didn't quite get what she was doing. Was she a knitter? A printmaker? What were all these spidery things on paper anyway?!? And then Julie posted a series of process videos on Instagram which made me sit up and really take notice. They were DAYS in the making. And that's just the prints! That isn't taking into account the time to create the intricate lacey shawls. There is something about a complicated, time consuming 'start to finish' process that woos and inspires me. Perhaps it speaks to my back-to-the-land/homesteading soul that feeds my need to know and do #allthethings but suddenly those "spidery things on paper" were making me swoon. Someday, I hope to be able to create a body of work as personal and intricate and so obvio...