Thanksgiving–November 23

Checkin’ in… yesterday was a pretty good day. Only a couple more weeks to graduation, then I will have to begin putting together a plan to continue showing my work. I am gathering some material but it seems that if an artist is serious about showing: it is a another full time job.

I am going to make this short because I have one more piece to add to the Grinder. The switch is done now I need to frame it in..


Oh yeah… be sure to check out Flock, I have been using it for a few weeks. Flock has really combined the best of the web by allow me to combine my love for art, making it more convenient for me to blog, and extending my research capabilities.

November 21, 2005

Wishing all a great Thanksgiving.

Working hard on my Thesis Show.  Postcards will be out soon.\n\nDecember 15th will be the Grad show … followed my graduation on December 16th.

My niece got some sort of report this cancer seems to be very localized so surgery is the way to go… We haven’t heard the number of tumors she has.

Mike is with friends upstate Minnesota. I am hoping he will be coming home tomorrow. Finally the skies are clear but it is cold today.

I am looking forward to working ing my drawing and finishing it up tomorrow or Wednesday. I will be needing to work on the video soon.


One Step Closer

The projects are going along well. Having fun with Director. Have tried the Director animation a couple different ways which ever way I have done it, it is a real drag on the processor.

I can’t believe… I can’t remember how to do repeating loops or set up functions. Some other things I remember so well.

The sun is out — would have been a great day for drawing but it is so blasted windy. I am hoping Friday will be better. I have to figure out how I am going to hang the camera for my installation. Seems I’ll be doing a performance piece with the camera mounted above me while I am tracing my shadow on the floor below. The image caught by the projector of me tracing my shadow will be projected on the wall.

Next couple days I will post the floor plan for my thesis show.


Oak’s Shadow @ MCAD—Oct 20, 2005

Waiting for sun… having a good time today. Working on the animation for my final project–”the Grinder.” It is going well but needed a bit of a break. So here I am.

I certainly don’t get tired of taking photos. This image was taken the morning of Oct 20th. Before I started my drawing that day. I did draw yesterday but it got very cloudy so I had to quit at noon. I am hoping to be able to resume it again on the Tuesday or Wednesday. The weather doesn’t look like it will cooperate until then. Bummer. 

Do hope to get my animation done today.

OMG—I am going to graduate.

Check in– Yesterday was a good day. The software for the “Grinder” is working. Will be drawing Friday and producing the last drawing piece for my Thesis Show.

Still got to get to IKEA to find the enclosure. The enclosure I really want to have finished by 11•22.\r\n\r\nHanded off my thesis to Piotr so now all three of my committee members have it. The Learning Center is doing a final read. My committee will meet on December 12th at 12:30p.m. I will graduate on the 16th. Whoa!

I chose to put Michael’s and my photo up because I need to acknowledge how important this man is to me. I’m the blonde and Mike is the handsome man in from of me.


Busy next couple of days… I got the software running for the Grinder piece. I will need two computers but I think it will work out just fine. Today I need to finish my citations and get the furniture for the installation. Perhaps I will be able to work on it later today and tomorrow. I think I will be able to do some drawing outside Friday–looks like it will be a nice day.
Nothing profound but logging in.

Out the Back Window

This photo was taken in 2004. A bit dark, I know, a bit depressing but I had to pause when I saw it. My life will be changes quite significantly in the next few weeks.

Today I have been doing catch up on putting myself online. I found Flock, a new browser. Wow! I can’t believe the additional features it offers. Check it out. I’ve been playing with it all day. I think it has introduced me to a whole new way of thinking about how to network.

Flock – New Media, New Relevance

[…] when writing for a global audience with a variety of perspectives, being “relevant” is more important than being “authoritative”, and will better encourage a global dialogue. And in order to be “relevant”, writing must not implicitly subordinate cultures that are foreign to its own intellectual tradition. This is not a matter of ethics or morals; it is a matter of being relevant to today’s world. 

Dyske Suematsu 2004

I’ve been playing with Flock and have made incredible discoveries. New to me…  Technorati, Last. FM, and Each of these interconnected groups of people with similar interests–these sites go a long way in creating virtual communities and with it comes for me a new way to check in and reevaluate.

The last few weeks I have been reading and writing about Kara Walker, Bill Viola and James Turrell. What I discovered about their work is that each of them work hard to reveal the fallibility of our perceptions. Each of these artist work to reveal alternate or realities to the viewer. That is the relevance of their work–they let the light in.’

For the last couple of days…

I have been working on the course I am teaching at Minneapolis College of Art and Design–Postcards and Beyond, the portfolio portion of this site and my résumé. It feels like I am ready to move into this ArtChangesLives. Working on my résumé trying to put my life on a page is very similar to drawing a line. In a sense, it is very much like trying to get from point x to y as directly as possible. Well, when I lived it, it certainly wasn’t clear at all. A résumé isn’t designed to show the lines that never worked out–the disappointments, the multitude of choices, the dawdling to the delightful distractions and amusements along the way and the calls to stop. We are called to knit events into tidy little packages. Sad, I say that because it is the challenges and the untidiness that really informs a life and created mine.

A line is a dot that went for a walk.

Paul Klee
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