Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Truth and Justice

I found out about this today. Sojourner Truth takes her rightful place in Washington.
(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.

Slideshow for RAA's Silent Auction Event!

Get it here. I took all of these photos and altered them to bl/wh because I think they look real nice and jazzy that way. Hope you feel the same!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Come And Get 'Em

Weekly watercolor paintings here.








aaand cheers.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Eighty-five on Through

Weekly circular-style paintings are here.









Monday, April 13, 2009

The Body

This episode of Buffy was one of the best hours of tv I have ever seen, truthfully. The Body, is the episode where her mother died. It was/is so hard for me to watch it, but it is so perfectly portrayed and written and shot. It is a very thoughtful look on death and how it effects real people. This episode in particular was so stark and quiet and powerful, and considering the genre of Buffy....different, important. I can't find the actual episode, but I think that this video encapsulates some of the lines/best expressions of grief in the show. The confusion, the emotion, is very tactile and very real to me in this episode. Again, hard to hear. But I think I need to deal with my own difficulties of this nature every now and again. A reminder and a tribute, I suppose.

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

Blood Sweat and Tears

Let's talk about all things bodily. Also, let's look at my whole Deer Hart (Dear Heart) series, in conjunction with that idea.

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

Oh! Right.

I scanned these a few hours ago and was just staring off into space, when realized I had something to post. Whoops. It's one of those days....a dreamin one.

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.

365.seventy eight








With a Capital T

That stands for 'Trouble'...
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

And Then Some More

I had to pony up a few more pieces for the show. These are at least double the size of the other circles, probably triple. (8x13ish) Here they are:

(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 VIII

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.

If you would like to learn a little something extra about our new space, The Jazz Gallery please go here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Coffee and Amonia

Stain. I used some on the last four of these seven. You know the drill...