Sunday, September 26, 2010

Oh shit, who let the artist start blogging

So, freshman year, one of my class readings was Claes Oldenburg's "I Am For An Art" a series of musings of being interested in art that "does something other than sit on its ass in a museum." As an eighteen-year-old in her first three months of an art school, to put it mildly, it didn't make an impression. Luckily hindsight is 20/20 and all those other clichés. I just read it again for another class, four years later, in the first three months of my senior year and I realized...

I am making that art.

Last year, I reconciled myself to something: I am never going to make museum art. And I okay with that. I make art that hangs from someone's cell phone, or sits on someone's bed. I make art that lives in context. If you put my Bitty Biters in a museum? Everyone would laugh and I would laugh the hardest. Because dude. What?

Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of Claes Oldenburg's art. Neither enamored nor enraged. I grew up in Cleveland and his Free Stamp has been a ubiquitous part of the landscape of my childhood impression of the city and maybe because I've been exposed to it for so long without knowing it was supposed to be Art by a Famous Artist, I cannot bring myself to admire it now.

But I do like his "I Am For An Art." It's hard to ignore it when this is part of the statement.

Ich bin für eine Kunst, die sich auf den alltäglichen Mist einläßt und doch siegreich bleibt.
Roughly (which is to say Google) translated: I am for an art that gets involved in everyday crap and remains victorious.

I work in everyday crap. It is my goal. Toys, charms, trinkets. I want and am happy to make that.

Let's hope I remain victorious.

I'll Be Your Server Tonight

So I said last night that I would post more art. Then I did a six hour shift, where I did nothing but talk on the phone. Then I came home and had frozen yogurt and talked with my roommate. Who is excellent.

Anyway, here's a piece I actually finished last week but I wanted some input from my classmates before posting.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Good times!

So, I would say that MICE went extremely well. I sold quite a bit, did a lot of one-dollar doodles, and met a lot of cool people. If you're reading this blog now because you met me and took my card or bought one of my charms, then hello, thank you, and please enjoy!

Seeing how well today went, I've decided to go ahead and set up my own store over at Big Cartel. The link is over in the side bar and it's the same as my blog:

Hopefully, by the end of the week, I'll have it set up with the products I sold today at MICE.

New art will go up tomorrow!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Bitty Biters!

Hello everyone!

This is the first of some products I'm making this year. I present the Bitty Biters. They are one-inch tall acrylic charms of different creatures I designed. Starting tomorrow, they will be on sale, because tomorrow is the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE). I'll have a table there, selling the Bitty Biters as well as some blank greeting cards of the Dapper Animals, the capybara and the platypus.

For more information please see: