Monday, April 12, 2010

Art Saves

This week I have the privilege of being a guest curator on Jenny Doh's new website, Crescendoh. I love this website Jenny has started. Every week she features 4 artists and their stories and each artist shares their personal favorite posts and new links to inspiring websites and blogs each day.

This week you can read the story of how Art was a tool that saved me, along with the stories of 3 other guest curators and 3 guest readers. In addition to sharing my story and a link to one of my favorite posts from my own blog, I get to direct readers to two of my favorite blogs or websites each day, so be sure to check these out daily for a glimpse of what inspires and moves me.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Everything and Anything


Growing up in the 60s and 70s messages for girls were mixed. Most of my friends moms were stay-at-home moms. I remember mine taking night classes when I was in grade school, but during the day she babysat a little boy whose mom went to work in stylish office clothes. She seemed exotic and intelligent and foreign to me. And maybe just a little "bad" like those women who got divorced.

We girls were told we could be Anything we wanted to be when we grew up. But somehow "Be Anything" translated in my mind to "Be Everything for Everybody". 

Maybe it was those early mixed messages. I remember seeing a plaque somewhere in my grandmothers house: "A man will work from sun to sun, but a woman's work is never done." and grandpa and dad and all the uncles being served their dinner on TV trays by the wives as we kids lined up to help ourselves at family gatherings. That message seemed clear. Serve the husbands first, let the kids eat and then clean up after everyone. 

What a relief to finally realize not only can I be anything, but I really don't have to do everything. And I can explore and take my time and make a mess and even ask somebody else to help me clean it up.

Everything and Anything is an assemblage framed collage that explores the idea of femininity, beauty, and the role women play in the home, society, the arts, and religion.