Tuesday, April 28, 2009
(thanks to vag for the head's up)
AND this week at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, we are 'celebrating' National Crime Victims' Rights Week. We are especially acknowledging the Victims Of Crime Act, as well as honoring the victims themselves, in Milwaukee County.
These cameos that are lining the entire first floor, represent people who have been victims/died in the face of violent crime. Each silhouette has an accompanying tag which gives the full name and age of the victim, as well as how they died. There were waaaay too many infant cameos up on those walls. It was terrible. Most of them were under the age of 30 years old, in fact. I really got a sense of the magnitude walking down the long hall, seeing these on either side. They were seemingly infinite, and I felt like I was walking in a graveyard. Really. Powerful.
On the main floor of the courthouse, there is also a display that really got me wrapped up. Most of the pieces that I found were made by youths and children...which absolutely broke my heart. I have been so fortunate...thus far.
This piece had the most lasting impact on me:
it reads (in part):
Why didn't you scream
Why didn't you tell
Why didn't you fight
Ask him why he raped me
And I think those words of wisdom, from a child, are perhaps the most important ones I've heard in a very long time.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
And the official UPN promo. The episode itself is NOWHERE online right now. Still good though. (rent it or something, season 5)
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I ran across this Kathe Kollwitz quote (below) and I started thinking about how perfect it was, the description of what she does/did with her work. Not to put myself in this same category, but I feel that it also aptly describes what I try to do with my non-circular paintings. The key word there being "try".
I have been thinking for a few years on the subject of what my work means to me, and how it is being projected, and I have come to the conclusion that it's about the body. More specifically it's about blood...gross right? Or beautiful and life-giving, however one looks at it. I suppose for myself, I think it's both. It's that very dichotomy that interests me the most, and is what I strive for in my pieces.
I like the messiness in life, I like the grit of it. It makes me feel alive, like a human, and as I was always meant to be...natural. And, like a key fitting in a lock, perfect; perfectly human, perfectly flawed, perfectly fitting in this world. Even though this world is hard, I think I ultimately enjoy the fight, I enjoy the dirt, and I enjoy the body.
“I have never worked coldly … but rather, in a certain sense, with my own blood. Those who see my art must feel that.” -Kathe Kollwitz
Deer Hart (Dear Heart)-Golden
Deer Hart(Dear Heart)-Bloodsport
Deer Hart(Dear Heart)-Loaded
Deer Hart (Dear Heart)-Force
Deer Hart (Dear Heart)-Warm
Deer Hart (Dear Heart)-Mournings
Deer Hart (Dear Heart)-Mornings
Deer Hart (Dear Heart)-Pains
Coincidentally, my Artist Statement (from last year) is also about blood, and is still very relevant to this year's series...
I looked, and I saw the earth in flames. Her face was nothing but red.
The color red is associated with people's passions, be they joyous or painful. It is the color of the very essence of life, it is our blood. Blood is unique in that it carries two opposite connotations, it can be the giver of life or the harbinger of death. The giver of life has always been a woman, and the earth has always been personified. "She" is essential and ingrained; her experience is elemental, powerful, sanguine. She is not without a face, she is in every face.
...and, it still fits the lock.
(all images copyright protected, Shana R. Goetsch)
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
These are from April 2 until today, and I'm really pleased with the latter part of the sequence. 365.eighty-four, I especially want to lick...it's so richly blue and spirally. Okay, I guess I'm no slouch after all.
It's not really so serious, but I'm in a creative funk right now. I am annoyed with the weekly circles, but that just means I have to try more things, I suppose. I feel I have exhausted my abilities, but that I must keep making them. It was all a part of the deal I struck with myself.
Other than that, I'm having trouble getting a grip on my next figurative piece. The words I chose are not resonating with me personally, so I assume I should move on and find something else for right now. I believe I spent a solid two weeks thinking on the words, and it's just not coming.
These paintings I will not force, unlike the circles. However, the circles are technique only, and they take little to no thought for me....and so I pushpushpush.
And on that note, more circles should be up later tonight.
Monday, April 6, 2009
allongé (extended, outstretched)
pirouette de deux (turn of two)
posé en tournant (poised turning)
tour de force (strong turn)
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Field of View VII
No longer mine. I just dropped these two pieces off as a donation for the Riverwest Artists Association's upcoming Furnace Show and Silent Auction Event. The fund raising event will be Saturday April 25th, with early bidding starting on Milwaukee's Gallery Night, April 17th. If you are in the area, and take a particular fancy to these, you can get them for cheap...just make a bid. (suggested price at $60.oo each, ready to hang)
And I am now an RAA Board Member, as well as being on the Gallery Committee...watch out, Milwaukee.
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