Since my boyfriend and I are both artists who recently graduated with MFA’s, we are thinking of moving to Pittsburgh. It is a great Art town and a beautiful city. The Pittsburgh Glass Center is there, and they have really nice studios so there is the opportunity for Steve to make work, and potentially teach a workshop or two. As for myself, I have been concentrating my job effort to the Pittsburgh area, because without jobs, we cannot move there. So, for a couple days last week we picked up and took a road trip. I want to post images of our trip up there because the drive was incredibly beautiful and made me feel optimistic in a way I hadn’t felt in quite a while.
I was talking to my good friend, Corin (see links page for her site) the other night about the passing of Lucian Freud the incredible and inspirational British painter. It got me thinking about all the great painters who have died as of late, and (selfishly I suppose) what that means to me. Lucian Freud, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg and Elizabeth Murray…etc. Though I am sure I have not covered all of them in this short list, these are all painters who’s work at one time or another I have been thoroughly enamored by. These are the people who made me feel the want and need to paint. As these amazing icons slowly fade away I feel a since of great loss and as my good friend Corin said, as though it truly is the end of an era. So what does that mean for painting now?
The end of one era seems to suggest the beginning of another. Will I get to contribute to this era in a significant and valuable way? Will the amazing artists I have studied with other the years do profound and memorable things? Though I am deeply saddened by the loss of these great painters I am excited to see what is next, in painting, as well as the rest of the ever-changing art world.
Until then, I am looking for work, if you know anyone. I have been packing up my studio bit by bit for the past week and half. I finally need to scrape my pallet clean and pack up my brushes. I already miss it. It is amazing how clarifying the packing and moving process can be. I have destroyed paintings (liberating) and in contrast I have spent 2 hours packing up a single painting (“Burden”). Moving it seems for me, is a time to find out what is important to you, what is it to you that holds significance; both in your professional life as well as your personal life.
Finding those who lend a hand (as well as those who don’t) makes you realize who is in your court; a valuable thing to know in life. Life is often full of disappointments, but I still find myself uttering the words “Life is good” on a daily basis. It is good, that much at least I know.
But seriously, I am looking for work, if you know anyone.
I am currently in the process of packing up my life (and by extension my work) to move. I have graduated with my Masters in painting! It is exciting and scary. I remember after undergrad people kept asking me..."so what’s next?" and I thought I was sick of that question then! Turns out, people think you should know what you are going to be doing immediately upon graduation. That is just not how it’s working for me. I will move anywhere I can live, work, and in general be fulfilled. I am going to find a job. I am going to. I am. Eventually. I have spent the last 7 years of my life with a definite direction. Now I am in limbo. As I apply to potentially amazing job opportunities, I find myself wondering what life will be like in 6 months, 5 years, or even much, much later. Though it may not help me with my current indeterminate state, I feel a since of perspective. If I can figure out where I want to be, what I want to accomplish, then I can start building a road to get there, right? So far limbo has been good to me. Don’t get me wrong, this has to have an expiration date.
Without you art would be nothing. You are the most important part of the work. I love to hear what you think about what I am doing. Please feel free to leave comments via the Contact section of the site. I mostly utilize this site as a way to get my work out there in the world...but if you are interested in purchasing or commissioning work please feel encouraged to contact me.
I am what is most commonly referred to as an "emerging artist". This means that I work really hard in my studio whenever I can and I spend nearly everything on my work (time, energy, resources...) with minimal return. It is a build up process. I love what I do, but it can be a hard life in the beginning. Here are some things that keep me sane:
- family (keep the ones that believe in you close by)
- friends (surround yourself in people who are passionate about the same things you are)
- running (I am a marathon/ 1/2 marathon runner, albeit a slow one...exercise keeps my spirits up and frustration at a minimum)
Thanks for reading:)