Thursday, December 31, 2009

And The Stars Still Scream For You (updated)

This is my submission for the Artist Trading Card Challenge at Be A Voice Arts, that I will be sending this week in the mail. This will be part of a larger project regarding the subject of domestic violence. And there is no actual trading going on, it just refers to the size of the card, which is a 2.5 by 3.5 inch piece. I still need to write a little bit about my DV 'story', and then it's entirely gone from me...





Instead of putting my name on the back, I decided to write, "In Memoriam: Carolyn H. Goetsch", for my mother. Making this tiny, little, piece got me really choked up, I cried, in fact...a few times. The words evoke such meaning for me, and it's yet another example of those "silent screams". Therefor, I feel compelled to use a variation of the words again, very soon. They re-effected me way too much not to do so.

ETA: What I wrote for the ATC
My personal story:


And the stars still scream for her...

Carolyn was an intelligent, creative and extremely compassionate person, in life. She continues to hold a beautiful soul, even in death. Carolyn was my mother, and the guiding force behind my art and my life, now and then. I was so proud to be hers, and am still proud that she was mine, however briefly.

(Carolyn H. Goetsch was murdered in 1989, by her son. He is currently serving a life
sentence for first degree intentional homicide, and reckless endangerment. A ‘life sentence’ in Wisconsin is 25 years.)

-Shana R. Goetsch



Yesterday, I also signed up for the International Domestic Violence Memorial's first mural mosaic project. I think it will be an awesome thing to be a part of. Either way, Wisconsin now represents y'all!

AND I finished uploading more of my 365. series onto flickr. I now have paintings through two-hundred, ninety-nine up, right now. For something a little different, these two, successive, circles are the front and back of one piece...





365.two-hundred, ninety-four





365.two-hundred, ninety-five


I'm coming into the home stretch with these circles. I'll be FINISHED ON THE 14th of JANUARY, 2010. Happy New Year, and watch out for my Big Book of Circles, coming soon!


11 comments:

Vag said...

very powerful indeed. every year the dv shelter here has a memorial at the lake and we name off the women who have died from dv in our county...the number grows each year. scary and sad.
i bet this is real hard but it is so important to get out...for you and for others.
i'm proud to be your friend in this world.

shana goetsch said...

i don't even know what to say. i'm thankful.

Heather said...

Such a powerful piece and big message in a tiny format. You continuously blow me away by the amount of depth, feelings and soul that goes into your work.

shana goetsch said...

thanks you heather, really. it means a lot.
happy new year everyone!

Laura said...

Thank you for your comment! You are my inspiration for my photo-a-day project--I love your circle series. 295 is especially lovely. Good luck with all you do this coming year!

A .J Hughes said...

Powerful and moving words Shana!and a truly remarkable and special piece of work.

shana goetsch said...

thank you very much AJ.

Anonymous said...

Kind of leans a little bit too much towards the cliche teen angst sort of thing you see in high school. Though that's maybe the issue with a lot of your work, even the stuff that isn't so "darkness-hoping-to-be-mistaken-for-interesting". I mean, if you're really being honest with yourself, you already know this. You are always too narcissistic and lost in your own head to ever really communicate anything.

shana goetsch said...

i am always too narcissistic and lost in my own head to communicate anything? do i know you then? or more importantly...do you feel you know me?
i believe that issue here for the trading card piece (i believe you are speaking to that) is that it is my story of domestic violence. so it's really whatever i want it to be, since it comes from my perspective. and it's a minor part of a larger whole, and specifically, nothing you probably know anything about starting to portray visually (since it is my experience).
now if you weren't so anonymous we could actually have a chat, you who know me so well, and all of my intentions towards all my art.
i call 'random picking because of insecurity issues' as your deal.
but thanks, it was constructive, and thought-provoking, your criticism. what a joke.

Vag said...

who is this person, i.e bag-o-douche????

shana goetsch said...

some coward, obviously, by the non-name. someone who i pissed off in a critique, i'd assume. it's pretty obvious...don't you think?