|"A reflection on a year and its effects on the landscape and those within it." Hand-lettered inscription in "Dance Around the Sun", a 'zine consisting of photocopies of etchings by Ray Pettit.|
I want to thank each of you so much for sharing your work with me, and for the opportunity to share mine with you! It was heartening to share a moment in the midst of these strange and tumultuous times.
During many of the individual meetings, I found myself offering up little tidbits of information that came to mind during our discussions. Next time, I plan to carry an old-fashioned receipt-type book with carbon paper between the pages so I can take notes in duplicate! Since I did not do that, I have been trying to recollect many of the items and to put them into list form...I thought the ideas as a collection might be fun to share with the whole group.
With Sincerest Best Wishes,
1. Every film Andrei Tarkovsky ever made:
2. Films by Alexandro Jodorowsky. In particular, Alexandro Jodorowsky's DUNE.
3. DIY stop-motion animation tutorial with Monty Python's Terry Gilliam.
4. Brainard Carey is an artist who specializes in coaching other artists. Lots of free resources on his website.
5. If you need short-term housing in NYC, this is a good resource (artist oriented/artist run).
6. The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf
Caveat: I do have some problems with this book (one of the main ones: the author blames the reason Humboldt is not better known in the US on anti-German sentiment after WWII. I argue that Humboldt was swept under the rug because his ideas do not jibe with exploitative capitalist ideology.
I have not read this book yet, but it is on my wish list!
Plants & Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World by Londa Schiebinger
7. My brilliant writer friend Quince Mountain, a trans man:
"Cowboy for Christ"
Short essay: "Is Loving Trans People a Revolutionary Act?"
Qunice and his fiance Blair Braverman recently offered rides to the polls in a cart pulled by sled dogs.
A story by Blair: "What I've Learned from Having a Trans Partner".
8. Anthroposophical Art Therapy (Rudolph Steiner).
Kate Temple, a visual artist and friend who draws on these ideas.
9. Agnes Martin as an example of an artist for whom the work was more about being present than about any highly-developed or contrived concept.
10. Write an artist statement from the perspective of yourself in 10 years, as if you had already achieved many of the things you envision for yourself.
11. Solar cookery!
12. Come visit Marfa, TX!