A recent project on Electric Lit, a favorite place for inspiration in art and writing, is a post from Kelly Link who asked her followers to describe their writing project as a couch. Ha! I’ve done that already in both art and writing so I will share. The digital art was created from an essay I wrote fifteen years ago but recently dug up and incorporated into a book in process. Here are a few excerpts from a chapter in the book titled – A Lot Less Chaos.
I was asked recently about by work and how I got to this place and time. Here is a tiny bit more but much more is coming in book form later.
Born in Colorado. Road-tripped 45 states and lived in 7. Most of my life was spent in California from the OC to the Bay Area, Los Gatos and Carmel. VP career in technology – then started my own PR firm. That went bust in the dotcom crash. As always, I picked up and kept going. Been involved with so many things it’s hard to remember them all but I learned so much from each and every one. It is true there are no failures – just a rich tapestry of experience.
I have been bent and broken, but I hope into a better shape.
The art above is one of my favorite early works. I called it Old Order.
Long ago I worked for the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising – FIDM – in Los Angeles. I loved the job but I was very young and had many more paths the travel. It was there that I fell in love with white dress shirts. I loved to wear them – all kinds from silks to linens and I loved to see men in them. I had an “ex” actually question why I wore white so much. “You’re not exactly pure, you know.” LOL. The irony. Any impurities I had at that time, I pretty much learned from him!
“I’m a believer in the power of knowledge and the ferocity of beauty, so from my point of view, your life is already artful—waiting, just waiting, for you to make it art.”
Toni Morrison – Feb 18, 1931 – Aug 5, 2019