Friday, March 20, 2009

Blah, Blah, Blah

This is New Orleans: Languishing Muses II.
24 x 24"

I have to do some blah, blah, blah about my work today. I like doing that less than I like putting hangers on the backs of my pieces. I do not hate it as much as speaking in public, but it comes close. Perhaps I would feel better about the whole idea if I called it writing rather than blah, blah, blah.

If I write about my work, I'm writing about myself. And then I will be judged. It makes me weak in the knees. Suppose I sound stupid. Ignorant. Mean and nasty.

I've made 11 pieces in this series so far. I feel I must do 12. I really wanted to do more when I first started, but now other fabrics and colors are creeping out and I'm not sure what to do next. But I know I must write about what I have already done.

Anybody who has tolerated reading this blog for a while, knows that I am a huge fan of New Orleans. I do not live there. Probably never will. But, I really don't like to say "never" if it limits my options too much.

I have lost count of the number of visits I have made. I believe it is 16. It is very unlikely I will get to visit this year, but I am planning on a visit next spring. The crime rate is definitely a deterrent. From what I have been reading, 1994 was one of the worst years for violent crime. Chances are good that I was there in 1994. However, I did not have a child then. I do feel more concerned about visiting now.

There are many places in the city that I have not visited. Like it or not, I am a tourist when I visit. No, I don't go and get drunk on Bourbon Street. But I do ride the streetcars and look at the big pretty houses. I visit the zoo and City Park. I shop on Magazine Street and stay in the Quarter. There is a lot of the city I have never seen. However, I do feel I have seen more than the average tourist.

So, now I must explain why I have made these 11 quilts. Why are these things relevant? Who would really care? How many Central Pennsylvanians would be interested? We're far too worried about the chicken zoning ordinance than the problems in the greatest city in the US. Well, we do have a New Orleans-style restaurant in town. I ate there once.

Hopefully, these pieces will appear on my website very soon. With some kind of explanation. I want to move people to think about New Orleans. I want something good to come out of what I have created.

Naturally, I would love these pieces to sell like hotcakes. I'm going to feel very positive about that. That will make it happen. Meanwhile, if anyone knows of an organization who is doing a lot of good in New Orleans, I'm looking to donate a percentage of my sales from the New Orleans series.

Now, off to write. Ha. Ha. Some of you will receive a comment from me on your blogs in the next few minutes. And hey, the sun is out. The snow (yes really) has stopped. It looks so nice outside.


paula said...

hey kim, I looked a little on google but ran out of steam. i know you will find a way though!

I seriously doubt you are going to sound stupid, mean etc. when talking about this body of work. It speaks for itself when I look at it, in fact it speaks in ways that WORDS CANNOT and that is powerful. yeah i know you will want to write something to help market it for the website, i would just suggest you stay in the zone of your passion that drove you to do this in the first place. No one can contest passion, and if they do they are the ones who look foolish.

paula said...

ps you say you want to move people to think about new orleans. well you have moved me, and i like that your art doesn't make me feel guilty or depressed or think about the ugly part even though i know so much more needs to be done there.

i know this has been work and a challenge and you've put so much into it, but now is the time to take a breath and realize that the HARDEST part is probably the marketing and finding where this body of work belongs. don't be hard on yourself, dont let the steam blow out of you ( i dont envy you but you made the work and now its your responsibility to get it where you feel it needs to go) I would like to believe/think that things find their way to their right places/people, but sometimes i know we also have to be the instigators...its part of that stupid life is all about learning thing.
I know you can do it if you brush yourself off and find a way to get excited. that passion that allowed you make so much work in such a short time will guide you to the next part.