welcome to today, to the Headquarters, to this blog, to my life, to the future.
Being at the Wassaic Project has had me finally focus on making art, instead of just focusing on freaking out or applying for jobs that never get back to me or grocery shopping whatever else I was doing. It is this lovely little town. with beautiful open open roads to bike on, and a studio with all my art supplies ready and set up for me to work. a breath of fresh air from the city. but a nice contrast that has me appreciate the buzz and go and oomph that being in New York City gives me.
Of course, I’ve also been almost paralyzed by my own anxieties. what should I be doing with my time? is this valuable? is this useful? is this the best use of my time here? my time in general? am I wasting time? am I making money? what is money? why bother? how is this sustainable anyways?
and then this PowerSuit Project really started to take shape. PowerSuits, worn as a daily costume, something you put on to take yourself seriously, to do serious BusinessLady things, to have the world see you as a respectable powerful person, to be an empowered strong woman. What if I set up a work area (set inside a bizarre context?) where people came, put on a suit, and did BusinessLady things? What if I made 1 million PowerSuits for all specific different reasons and purposes and people? What if everything was a serious important business-related interaction?
We had a lovely curator visit on Monday from Anne Huntington, curator at AMH Industries. She was wonderful and really gave me some great feedback on my work – mostly that it is resonating with someone. That it makes sense and seems to be going somewhere. From talking with her, and also inspired by my friend Shannon‘s 8-Hour Performances, I decided that today was going to be an 8-hour performance of me working in my studio. not sending emails or writing up proposals or calling people or getting supplies but making things in a studio. No internet or email or calls — working as if this were my real job for 8 hours.
it was crazy! of course, I woke up late. postponed the start of the performance / went an hour later. once I was in the studio, I couldn’t believe how tempting it was to check email/facebook/etc — wanting some sort of feedback that what I was doing was valid. Finally I just started in on a project – almost didn’t matter which one – just to get moving.
Some thoughts and screenshots of the performance throughout the day (i did record the performance, not sure where/if i should post the 8 hours of footage? thoughts?):
today’s daily flag: WONDERMENT
10:27am: wow this is tempting to text/check email/check social media
10:35am: everything is more clumsy with lipstick on
1:25pm: the post office is closed from 1pm – 2:30pm!?!?! they’re bigger slackers than artists
2:59pm: had the thought, “man, I can’t wait to “get off work” so I can call X/ text Y/relax”
3:30pm: thought, “why does this matter? who cares if I make blazers all day? while wearing lipstick? this is a stupid use of my time. Why did I prioritize this? also none of these garments are turning out anyway
3:39pm : WHO CARES. let’s just have fun with this anyway. make a hood for my Bonfire Bear Blazer
7:16pm: end. Bonfire Blazer is almost finished (needs edited hood, liner, button/closure.
celebrate with Ian (studio mate) with white wine in a red cup. contemplate new jobs and 8-hour day structures.
money. art. value. time. business.
i liked this. I think I will do one day like this per week. and also mornings in the studio. to get going instead of getting sucked into the internets….
focus was key.
What did you think? did you drop in on the performance? what was it like for you? please let me know!
more blazers blaizin away… tomorrow.