The past year has been incredibly hard for me and my family. My partner has been battling the worst flare up of his chronic illness since he was diagnosed in 2003. It has put him on disability and he has missed over a year of work. While he has been suffering with fatigue, pain and getting no answers, I have been there advocating for him. I didn't realize the stress it had put on me until my own body expressed it with pain in my back.
This zine is a photographic essay on dealing with chronic illness from the caregivers perspective. I realized my feelings were more complex than I had allowed myself to think. Caregiving and advocating is incredibly hard and wearing. I only just began my journey into self-care. The reason my partner and I want to release this zine is to start a conversation and bring awareness to people who don't deal with illness on a daily basis. We also wanted to let other caregivers know they are not alone, as I thought I was. The medical institution has not done a good job of giving us hope or offering support. We feel like pawns in a game.
You can purchase the zine in my Etsy store.
I have been applying to galleries and art shows like crazy. I do get a lot of rejections, and am not doing as much as I would like. One of my problems is trying to find the call for shows in time to apply. So I have asked some friends to help alert me to upcoming shows or applications to apply. If you have any leads, I would appreciate an email autumn at autumnsteam.com so I can apply.
This photo is from a show I just did at The Space in Salem, Oregon, the Rejected Art Faire. It was a wonderful show full of our local community.
My next show is coming up in September. Check out my Art Shows link to stay current!
I am so excited I was just added to the President's List at SNHU! That is what a 4.0 GPA will get you!
I am only a few more classes away from getting my Graphic Design degree. I have learned so much and am excited to use my new skills and develop my portfolio even further.
Trump Captured America
I am still in shock over the news that came in about this same time last night. Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, he is now our POTUS. I can not believe such a crass person could get into office. But I suppose with enough money, you can get anything you want. These next 4 years will be interesting and you can expect a lot of art coming from me against the bigotry, womanizing, warmongering, government corporate snuggle sessions, anti LGBTQ, the mother-fucking-WALL, a renegotiation of NAFTA, militarizing the police, and pretty much anything else that has come out of the mouth of the orange man. The writing is on the wall and history does repeat itself if we are not careful.
We are now the laughing stock of the world.
This election season between Clinton and Trump has been a disaster on epic proportions. What a circus that has not brought anything but spectators and the worst in everyone. I have felt anxiety and pure embarrassment this season.
These two parties are totally missing the issues that really matter at this moment in time. One issue that I have seen my progressive friends post a lot about is the crude oil pipeline being built through the Dakotas. This one event has shown the corporate greed, the government back up to that corporate greed and total disregard for the sacred.
The Dakota Access Pipeline has torn up ancient burial grounds and could potentially pollute the Missouri River and contaminate drinking water. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have stood in peaceful protest along with others who joined them in their cause. Their peaceful protests have been met with violence from police forces and private military groups. Some of the videos I have seen show people getting attacked by dogs and militia handling the peaceful protesters with physical violence.
I wanted to try and represent this struggle visually with, "How Crude". Piping crude oil through ancient burial grounds and under a major river will help in killing the earth. What will we give to future generations?
If you have a minute read this blog from Jihan Hafiz. She was one of the protesters who was arrested. This is unacceptable. Humans must stand together for our future generations. https://theintercept.com/2016/10/25/video-police-viciously-attacked-peaceful-protestors-at-the-dakota-access-pipeline/theintercept.com/2016/10/25/video-police-viciously-attacked-peaceful-protestors-at-the-dakota-access-pipeline/
With my new wacom tablet I am able to really get detailed and "paint" with pixels! What fun this has been!
I just bought a Wacom intuos pro to use for my time at school. Since I have not started classes yet, I decided to just start playing around with my new equipment. I have to say this is the best pen/tablet combo I have ever used. It writes with no lag and it just plain works.
I decided to do a simple art project using my new toys and this new digital media. I am going to create a piece of art using the previous piece of art in it somewhere. So for example I created "Mandala" and then created "Raven." I used "Mandala" in "Raven" as the eye.
I am going to add "Raven" to a new art piece next. I will work on these digital art pieces as I get time.
My amazing friend Jonny Willi has just come out as an intersex person. I am in such awe at the courage and journey of my friend. Living an authentic life is sometimes so hard. But this struggle has inspired me to live true to myself and try and define my goals and values.
I am going to post some of my experiments and thoughts. It can be anything from photography to fashion to metal