Monday, September 7, 2009

I thought this might be the start of our artistic commingling...

"Thursday night one month later, he strode into the bar with a manila envelope. Inside was my sketch. I thought this might be the start of our artistic commingling..."

Thanks to Phil for his sketch. (By the way, this is the print of the sketch, not the actual sketch.)

This piece is important to me because it allowed me to embellish on an actual event without being as confessional and personal as some of my other pieces. I consider it a bit more playful. It is very difficult emotionally to share the level of detail I have displayed through my work. The process of recording and recreating sensitive, intimate events has been cathartic, but has also embroiled me in the originating emotional experience.

When I began "Were I So Besotted," I imagined creating a caricature of myself, where I would embellish actual events. I am still surprised by how open the work became. I think the "truth," or my truth, is simply more compelling and relatable than any stories I could create.

In this piece here, I created a version of myself that does not quite look like me. I feel a sense of freedom in having done that.


  1. You are brave to do so too. It's one thing to create the art and sell it online. But to have to show it in gallery space and also be there...too much for me.

  2. Hi Nancy,

    It has really drawn people to me, and has helped me forge relationships with some wonderful fellow artists. It can be awkward, but it's usually okay.

    Thanks for your comments.


  3. I really like what you did with the napkin , Iviva. I'm glad to have met you.