Category “Recent Work”

Two Ways of Looking at a Baby

New Variety of Depression
Rivka Galchen

It’s true what they say, that a baby gives you a reason to live. But also, a baby is a reason that it is not permissible to die. There are days when this does not feel good.

 

Waking with Russell
Don Patterson

Whatever the difference is, it all began
the day we woke up face-to-face like lovers
and his four-day-old smile dawned on him again,
possessed him, till it would not fall or waver;
and I pitched back not my old hard-pressed grin
but his own smile, or one I’d rediscovered.
Dear son, I was mezzo del cammin 
and the true path was as lost to me as ever
when you cut in front and lit it as you ran.
See how the true gift never leaves the giver:
returned and redelivered, it rolled on
until the smile poured through us like a river.
How fine, I thought, this waking amongst men!
I kissed your mouth and pledged myself forever.

 

Self-Deception

Self-Deception

“Oh the gift that god could give us, to see ourselves as others see us.”
-Robert Burns

An awesome article by Marcie Bianco rocked my world the other day. She explores the question “Why did so many women (specifically, white women) vote for Roy Moore”?  That’s a GOOD question, Marcie Bianco. I’ve also been wondering why the hell women voted for Trump. The answer she gives is pretty simple – I will paraphrase.

Women support abusers like Roy Moore and Donald Trump because they view alliances with men (husbands, brothers, prospective boyfriends) as crucial to their stability / safety. Women put the opinions of men first to maintain their status. This prioritization of men’s opinions (usually subconscious) is called internalized misogyny.

When I read the word “ALLIANCES”… I got it. I thought, “Yes.” Another lock of the tumbler fell into place for me. I guess forming unusual alliances to secure power isn’t a complicated concept, and it’s something informed feminists have probably known about for a long time, but I’ve been unable thus far to grasp WHY ON EARTH WOMEN COMPLAINED ABOUT HILLARY SO MUCH. And. Now. I. Know.

Elsewhere on the internet, author Emily Fridlund lists her 6 favorite books about self-deception. What a timely and fabulous list. Two books that I’ve read recently that touch on this topic include:

 

Tokyo by Mo Hayder
Good NIGHT, I enjoyed this read. I picked it up at a thrift store in Australia! Books from thrift stores aren’t supposed to be great! The story is divided between a present-day plotline that investigates the question “when is ignorance the same as evil?”… and a flashback plotline on events up to and including the Nanking Massacre.

The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
This one is more sci-fi, but has similar themes about deluded groupthink leading to military atrocities. The author was born in China in 1963, so has a connection to China’s Cultural Revolution. If you want to have the pants scared off you in regards to what people are actually capable of, well, this is one of the books that’ll do ‘er!

Oh yes, and I’ve just made some women’s rights enamel pins (pic above) – inspired by a line from HRC. Coming to an Etsy shop in the near future!

 

Pintastic

Pintastic

I had a great time working on 2 pins for the WeMake “Pin That Shit” competition. (Stuff It and Mutha are my designs… shout out to Ashley Pieren and Callie Anderson for the others!) We chose a theme of female empowerment for our pins, which was a wide-open and awesomely fun brief! I’m proud to say our set of pins won Best in Show… more info here.

Harvest 2016

Harvest 2016

Lots of breakdowns (and a FIRE) but it was still great to be part of the Jochim Farms wheat harvest in MT. Everything was bittersweet as it’s the last year the farm will be operated by my family. However, three cheers for Dad’s retirement and also to over 100 years of truly amazing work on the farm.

 

 

Hall of fame

 

 

Ladies and germs: the 10 best drawings from the 99 problems daily drawing project. So many good memories! This is when the drawings went RIGHT. Look at me, learning to use the filbert brush (shark fin) and the fude brush (everything else), learning to use a dry brush (nail polish) and an overloaded one (nosebleed), learning to paint slowly (cigarette smoke lines) and quickly (meteor).

I would be tempted to claim that I am the best artist in the world, ever… if not for the post I’m going to publish next…

Also, briefly, because it relates to things that are black and white (like these drawings) and things that are Polish (like me), I want to recommend the beautiful movie “Ida” by Pawel Pawlikowski.