Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Invisible Artist

The Invisible Artist

Hey, I wasn't complaining, just talking about the realities some older women, and women artists, face. There is a reason the guerilla girls are still on the go.

"Good George, Bad George and Okay George."
I had fun doing this painting (oil on canvas) and it is one of my favourite paintings.


MargaretR said...

I do enjoy your videos, Jaffabrit. So your mother is an artist too?
You get better and more confident with each one. Keep up the good work!

jafabrit said...
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jafabrit said...

thanks margaret. I'm experimenting so it's good to know I might be improving with each video.
Yes, my mum is an artist :)

sue beyer said...

Hi Jaffabrit,
Loved your video. I might have a go in the next few weeks :-)

I am lucky that my relatives are interested in what I am doing. My cousin is also an artist, I think this helps. I find that anyone who comes to visit is interested (the plumber) which is nice. maybe it's an Australian thing? I am going to do my best to not be invisible. I love what the guerrila girls do.

Betty said...

I liked the video. It was nice to hear your voice as well as seing the paintings on the wall.
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Dr.John said...

I enjoy your voice as well as the pictures.

Snoo said...

I love your videos Jafabrit. And I'm sorry but your voice makes me feel all warm and happy. Been in Yorkshire too long me thinks :(

I like your George painting. I like how you can see different things in him through the different ways you've aprroached painting him.

Know what your talking about with the invisible thing.

Anonymous said...

I really appreciated this post Jafabrit! I totally got a chuckle about your experience going into a head shop and the shock of being seen! I like wearing the invisibility cloak myself.

Believe it or not, I have a post in draft mode about the Guerrilla Girls sitting in my blogger account right now! I am re-reading their Bed Side Companion to the History of Art right now.

I loved seeing your wall of faces too and am curious about the garment standing off to the side.

Janvangogh said...

I walked into a Spencer's Gift shop a few months ago to look for a LED scrolling belt buckle. I know I shocked them when they actually found out I was going to buy something.

There is a small shopping center nearby where I tell my friends that it is a good place to go to if you want to get ignored. I know it isnt my age, but how I look.

I would hope I would never have to resort to wearing a red hat. Have joked about wearing a green hat and starting the anti red hat society.

BTW, still love the voice.

Still Waters Studio said...

I have reached that invisible age also. I'm trying to find new ways to get my art out there rather than filling up my basement. I'm trying to get bolder.
I love your videos. They make me feel even more as though I know you. There are not many artists that live near me so blogs seem to give a sense of community even when people are far away.
Also thanks for visiting my site and the nice comment.

jafabrit said...

cynthia, I am sort of used to being invisble so yes it is a shock when I am actually NOTICED. Looking forward to your post on the Guerrilla Girls. I haven't read their book, is it good?

oh the garment on the right is a Salwar Kameez I bought in Little India in New York many moons ago. check out this site, has some examples.

LOL Jan on the green hat.

snoo, betty,dr.john,s till waters,
glad you enjoy the video and my voice (although I have to say I didn't know I sounded like that and it sounds strange to me).

sue, I am lucky that the people most important to me are very supportive and interested. Sounds like you have a lot of support and are blessed in that regard.

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Mark Daniels said...
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Mark Daniels said...

I like the paintings featured in the video.

Speaking to what you address there: I think many people feel invisible. And it always goes back to that word you used: incuriosity. (I checked and it is a word, by the way.) People are often terribly incurious about things they don't understand (like being an artist) or things they don't want to understand (like how grieving or hurting people may be feeling).

Maybe part of the reason for that is that curiosity requires empathy and empathy--surely a form of love--requires work. (Love, I think, is less a feeling than it is a commitment to the well-being of another. Love, I like to say, is sometimes not what you feel but what you do in spite of how you feel.)

You can't tell that I'm a preacher, can you?

Anyway, your little meditation, camera in hand, reminded me of how important empathy is. Nobody wants to be invisible.

I like your site.

Mark Daniels

Anonymous said...

I'm loving these peeks inside your life. Love the painting of you that your mum did, slightly more flattering than your self portrait, does that say something about how we veiw ourselves as opposed to how those we love veiw us.

You sounded very much more geordie today.

As for people not getting what you do, don't get me started, try scrapping and people just think you're totally insane!!

jafabrit said...

Mark, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughtful and eloquent comments. ah, so incuriosity is a word and good description then :) Another favourite word of mine, and I feel important in relationships, is reciprocity.

Mandy, I have read of your frustrations regarding the view of your passion, scrapbooking. Let's just say arg! is a polite but weak description of how it feels to be marginalized.

Paula Manning-Lewis said...

I also know what you mean about being invisible, although I don't know if it has anything to do with age or sex. My brother actually wrote a song called Invisible about the same type of thing.

As far as shocking people to get noticed, I LOVE doing that! But I've been doing that my whole life!

Great video, I may have to do one too! I think you are starting something here!


fennymun said...

I like the video, it's nice to be able to "hear" your voice. I like the wall of faces too.

It sounds a pity that those close to an artist don't know, nor have interests in knowing what the artist is doing...