Write On!

I belong to a local coalition that has organized to take actions to help mitigate climate change and one of my ‘actions’ is to make postcards. The cards are printed with a distinct design so eventually someone at the legislators’ offices will notice that there are loads of cards from one group–they’ll see that we’re paying attention. The cards are pre-addressed so people won’t have the excuse of having to dig up the addresses so they’ll put off sending them. (Of course, they have to buy stamps…) I have gotten my cast off, but I’m still a little slow so I’m not as productive as I’d like. But, I should get back to the shop this week and will get back to it! Drop by drop…

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Sources of COVID-19 information: OSHA, CDC, NIH, NCDHHS

March 12, 2020  Well, it looks as though the US cannot avoid dealing with COVID-19–Let’s take care of ourselves and our neighbors. A really informative podcast is this one from On the Media, a WNYCstudios.org show on media representations of important issues. The February 28 show, “Black Swans,” features a detailed conversation about this pandemic with Laurie Garrett, the author of The Coming Plague, among other significant works. It’s a fascinating and enlightening interview.

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We are ripping out the ceiling and insulation of an old house so we can one day live there (we’d hoped sooner, rather than later) and we have been having more than a bit of a time getting safety gear–even Tyvek coveralls are hard to come by–and I’m getting impatient with some of my neighbors. I cannot believe that these particulate filters are going to save you, or anyone else, from the current killer virus; this hoarding is disturbing and disruptive and anti-community. If people feel they need protection, they should agitate for universal health care and a more meaningfully responsive government. Do what matters! Gah, indeed.

Friend in a Satchel

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I’m still focusing on healing, but this ‘cracked wing’ of mine has prompted me to revisit some of my past work. Here’s an illustration from an exercise I had years ago in a graphic design class. Intended for young children, it’s a purposely simple illustration for a book based on a dream I’d had–and I still think my little elephant friend is as cute as it was years ago.

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Here are some 3D examples of an interest that started for me in grad school and has continued till today…

⇒ And, here’s an interesting article by Michael Kimmelman about housing density from the New York Times:

Hey, Ladies

3/11/2020==> This looks good!: IN OUR PRIME How Older Women Are Reinventing the Road Ahead  by Susan J. Douglas  Here’s a review at NYT:   Stop Telling Older Women to Step Aside  by Leslie Bennetts   Let’s beast it, ladies!!! We’ll change the world!

3/5/2020 ==> The hits just keep on coming! Here’s another article confirming my experience in the world:  Nine out of 10 people found to be biased against women  This is an article from The Guardian tells us what we’ve already sensed through our lives’ experience–men, and WOMEN, mostly don’t consider females the equal of males. These findings are a result of a UN Development study and tell us in no uncertain terms that people have a long way to go to become fully human.

2/28/2020 ==> I just came across this PBS video about an artist who addresses in an immediate way some of the issues I discuss below: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Visual Artist: “Stop Telling Women to Smile”  This is really worth a watch!

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“Womanizer”    hammer, women’s purses   2013

This piece and incident, as described below, came to mind just yesterday as did an article from last spring, I think as a result of several things currently in the news: The WaPo’s Robin Givhan’s “Let’s talk about ‘Project Runway’ stars using ‘old lady’ to describe unflattering clothes” from April 23, 2019. Fashion, women who wear it and the men who get to decide…

This grad-school piece above was a ‘first draft’ attempt to express some degree of my lifelong rage at misogyny and the males who perpetuate it. When I presented it to my class, four young-ish men, the response was muted (these guys generally did not acknowledge the facts of sexism and they practically rejected the existence of ageism), but two of them did criticize my choice of purses. I had dug around in my own stuff and had rooted around a couple of thrift stores to find an array that suggested women of different ages, styles and incomes. These classmates told me with straight faces that the purses weren’t expensive or stylish enough, that they weren’t adequate; I could tell from their expressions that they were offended by the low-end items. In other words, these young men with limited experience in life and no experience as women, concluded my piece did not work because my materials were not expensive and designer-made, not because they did not communicate my intent. The instructor did not challenge my classmates; he pointed out a couple of confusing aspects of the piece, then hurried along, clearly not wishing to spend time talking about the world women exist in. It was a lost opportunity for all of us, I think.

So, this is what I was paying for, this is what ‘the academy’ allowed, rewarded and perpetuated. This was a few years ago; I look at today’s news and wonder how much has changed…

 

I resolve to finish these…some day…

 

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These are from a small collection of experiments that I’ve had draped around my studio/living room for a couple of years now. I vow to continue work on them this month, at least; I can’t quite bring myself to make a resolution to finish. ha. I really like the direction they’re going, but I can ruin them with the wrong next move. That’s probably kept me from resolving the design these last couple of years. Okay, so what–it’s just art, I’ll beast it and whatever the result, I’ll have learned something. Rock on, 2020!!! 

something bright for the new year!

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To celebrate the new start presented by the new year, I indulged a whim and bought a big bag of Meyer lemons–a rare treat! I took half of them to try something new: preserved lemons. I halved a recipe from the New York Times, but the recipe seems fairly standard. I may have put in too much salt, but as with so many things, time will tell…

Happy New Year !