Wednesday - Storytelling and Art
Lately I have been involved in conversations about the relative value of blogging versus Facebook and Twitter - since blogging takes so much more time and effort than the other two.
Here is where I come down on the subject.
Blogging takes more time, true - but to me, blogging is part of my art form. The other two are marketing tools.
I collect bits for stories on this blog. I put up varied art works - so I can see how they look and I work the relationships between photos and works to enlarge the story.
My blog posts are often boring - even to me - but they are a net for catching bits of story. I appreciate the folks who stop by and I hope you will keep coming - and I am particularly grateful for comments but --- in the end, this blog is for me.
I am doing private work in a public forum and people are welcome in the studio.
Recently I began to understand what I am doing on the blog - in a new way - and to see how it relates to an old art form. I am scrap booking - using the blog as the scrapbook.
I don't mean in the current consumer form where people use new materials to make formulaic storied photo collections. I applaud these archiving efforts but I have an aversion to the mass-produced feel of them.
My work focuses on collecting and compiling images, words and events. Putting them together in a random form - to capture the everyday and to connect the past to today.
A few weeks ago I happened to notice a beautiful coffee table book at the library - Scrapbooks: An American History by Jessica Helfand.
The book contains pictures of a collection of fascinating old scrapbooks. Collage. Collecting. Compiling. Beautifully written essays about the impulse for scrapbook-making and discussions of each individual work.
Fireworks went off in my head. The book validated my long-time impulse for album making and scrap gathering. I first exhibited albums in 1975 at the Washington Women's Arts Center - a collection of photographs organized to tell a story with handwritten text added.
Now reading a history, The Scrapbook in American Life, I find myself in good company from the Greeks forward. As a child of the 40's reared by women of the 1920s and 30s I am a product of the social impulse for women to collect and glue.
Even as a storyteller I collect bits to make pieces.
Voila - here is language - academic, artistic, and personal - which brings my work - story and visual art - together under one umbrella - as a scrap-book-ing.
My blog is my scrap-book. My work-book. And just like any scrap book - each page tells you a bit but for the full meaning you have to take a look at the whole.
I like that it also reduces my carbon footprint.
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