Thursday, April 27, 2017

What an Artist Should Create, Who They Should Represent, and How they Should Spend Their Time.

If you are an artist who worries about what you should or shouldn't do based on the snarky assumptions and attacks of others then you will NEVER make any work. So next time someone states what you should do, just tell them you didn't get the memo and carry on doing what you do.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Birthday and Cancer Exhibit

It wasn't planned this way, but I suppose it is fitting that the reception for my show with bestie and jafapal Nancy about Art and Cancer should fall on the my birthday. Last year it was filled with fear and uncertainty.

35th POST
I ate leftover cake for breakfast, HAH!
My son and dil sent me an ice cream cake for my birthday yesterday. I thought to myself this morning "hum! I bet it fits in with my oncologists calcium recommendations, right!!!! yeh, riiiiiight!!!!
 Meanwhile still waiting for radiation treatment to start.

This year I celebrate being HERE, and treasuring all those dear family, friends and community support.
 My gift is to pay it forward. 
 I leave you with my favourite video
the beautiful thoughts and memories it inspires

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Publicity and Bosom Buddies: Yarnbomb Installation

 Nancy and I starting installing our exhibit  with the yarnbomb wall and the the "lost bear" wall taking up the bulk of our time. Can I just we are SORE arg! Originally the yarnbombs were on my trees.
yarnbomb tree yellow springs ohio
All these yarnbomb circles and boobs were donated by so many dear people and I am happy we are able to showcase them in the gallery.

BIG  thank you to the Yellow Springs News and Dayton City Paper for featuring our work ♥

'Bosom Buddies'

By Karen Ander Francis Photo: Susan Gartner's painted head courtesy of the Jafagirls, whose Bosom Buddies exhibition runs April 21-May 14 at the YS Arts Council Breast cancer. The diagnosis is always devastating and its treatment is nearly as dreadful as the disease. How do you manage once you've heard the diagnosis?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Meanwhile Back in the Studio

I made the mistake of getting so lost in the technical part of a piece I was working on for my upcoming show that I was blinded to whether it really had any aesthetic value or imparted the right message. So the weekend I left it alone, spent Saturday craft playing with my besties, and the evening going to Wheat Penny in Dayton with friends. Sunday was a day out and then lazing on the porch swing late afternoon reading and enjoying the summer sunshine. 

Monday: Went to my art/textile group meeting and they gave me an honest critique which basically confirmed why the piece is really just not going to work, no matter what I try to do to it. 

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The Vagina Tree and the Craftivism Sisterhood in Yellow Springs, Ohio

although that isn't what we called it ;) back in January when we did this.

There is a 'vagina tree' in Yellow Springs, Ohio

A tree in the center of one Dayton-area community bear an unique fruit: felt vaginas. Carra Spaugy, a deli associate at Current Cuisine, has noticed. "I just looked out the window one day and it was there," the village resident said. "It kind of popped up over the winter."

I have to admit I do find the response to the article interesting and words being tossed about such as libtards, hippies, classless, vulgar,  trans-phobic, disgusting, pornographic etc etc
and I have to wonder at the mindset of someone who sees a leaf shape as pornographic, hum!  Until the news decided to do a story 4 months after these were installed it was a non story, nobody complained, and many seemed to see them as  pretty tree decorations.  This was done as a creative way to privately represent how WE felt at the time of the inauguration and yet be enjoyed aesthetically by the public, hence the reason they were intentionally ambiguous. That it took a news story four months after the fact before anyone noticed tells me we succeeded. The interpretations/critisism AFTER the news article are four months too late. 
The direct response to a presidential candidate  by many at the time of inauguration was rooted in the misogynistic comments regarding women's private parts.

Nasty Women Exhibi
Women Protest Trump with Art
Protester Paints Grabby Donald with her Privates

UPDATE: 4.14.2017
Police Blotter Yellow Springs News