- Category: In The Studio
- Published on Tuesday, 20 July 2010 13:17
ambivalent, adj. having conflicting feelings about something (e.g. simultaneously attracted and repelled) or characterized by or expressing such feelings
That's me, the ambivalent blogger. I love reading other blogs (attracted) yet not so excited about writing my own (repelled). I think it's largely due to the fact that it takes me way too long to get a post done. I don't have the knack that some others seem to have for quickly writing pithy comments, post a couple of pictures and be done with it. I write, then think, then edit, then take forever to resize and upload some photos. All the time thinking, "I could be in the studio making something" and worse, "What a dork I am." Maybe if I did it more often I would get the whole system down. I know I'm "supposed" to blog as part of a scheme to get my art and my name out there. I get it, and I'm trying to do all those "supposed to do" things, but really, I'd rather be in my studio.
Actually, I have been in my studio and here is what I've been doing. I've been obsessively making these tiny aprons as part of a developing series on Women's Work. I have a couple of hundred made by now and it's hard to fathom how long it really takes to make so many. So I just keep plugging away because my concept involves lots and lots of these.
Each apron symbolizes all the mundane tasks that have traditionally been relegated to women. It started out as a complaint of sorts, but as I have been working along it has transformed to also encompass an expression of homage. I note my feelings of ambivalence on this topic too. It's complicated (what isn't?) and eventually I suppose I will need to write a whole artist's statement about it.
As expected this post has taken me quite awhile and my day is slipping through my fingers. I'm going to go set up to do some painting with thickened dyes - backgrounds for some aprons.
Until next time -