Friday, April 29, 2011

Trina Robbins

Trina Robbins gave a talk at the Toonseum on Wednesday night on Dale Messick. I found her to be delightful and quite inspiring. As a young artist I hope to create stories that don't exploit women as well. 






Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

These Are a Few of Your Favorite Things

I'm working on a project and would love to include collections of people's favorite things. I'll be posting the photo's on my Tumblr here! Just send them to my email Speaking4lines@gmail.com. Thanks

Here are my favorite things below.

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hi

So today I'll be at the Quiet Storm from 3-7pm doing short interviews for a video and zine I'm working on based on the concept unbuilding walls. It will be sold at Fleeting Pages this May! Essentially I'll ask you a few questions about you're personal experiences and take a photo or two that will be turned into an illustration for the zine or a painting. I would really appreciate it if you stop by!

Jessica

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hanna

Saw Hanna tonight such a refreshing and exciting movie. Film synopsis "Raised by her father, an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna's upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin.

Saoirse Ronan
,
who played Hanna,
commented on her character, saying: "We meet her as she goes out on her own, and when she does she is fascinated by everyone and everything she comes across. My favorite quality of hers is that she is non-judgmental; she shows an open mind to, and a fascination with, everything."



Joe Wright interview on NPR

Saturday, April 16, 2011

April Showers

Today I had a chance to visit Handmade Arcade and Pittsburgh Comicon. Meeting Terry Moore was the highlight of the day. Below are a few shots.





Ben Kehoe and Andy Kehoe (photo: Mel)

Cara Lynn Kleid






This girl was insanely awesome.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Meet me at the Quiet Storm

So I'll be at the Quiet Storm next Wednesday and need participants for a zine I'm working on. I may video you or take your photo if your ok with that of course ;) It's for a zine I'm working on that will be sold at the Fleeting Pages bookstore! The topic is Unbuilding Walls. Some of the proceeds will go to ALS research.

Thanks!
Jessica

Sunday, April 10, 2011

hitRECord Collaboration "Christina's (Your) World"

I started a collaboration on hitRECord a few minutes ago so if you're interested in collaborating please do! You can add video, audio, text or images to the collaboration. Here is the link. Over the past year I've been asking artists and musicians to help with video and installation projects I've been creating. hitRECord is a perfect outlet for this.

From the website 
"We create and develop art and media collaboratively here on our site. So rather than just exhibiting and admiring each other's work as isolated individuals, we gather here to collectively work on projects together. Videos, writing, photography, music, anything -- we call them all RECords."

Friday, April 8, 2011

Future Tenant - Sugar Factory

Had an amazing night at the Future Tenant event Sugar Factory. The art auction was definitely the highlight of my night. I won a piece from Ben Kinsley and Jessica Langley both brilliant artists! More pictures here and a short video here.

















Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Chat with Caroline Myss about the Pleaser Archetype

What bothers me about the Feminist Culture

I've always considered myself a strong woman. When I look through a fashion magazine that is brimming with vacant seductive poses I know those images are there to "sell" a product and as a graphic designer those images are not real. The one problem I have with certain literature with a strong feminist slant is that sexuality can be portrayed in a negative radical way. 

I don't agree that being a strong female means you can't express you're body or feel good about showing it off. What if you like wearing a short skirt? Isn't that the whole point of accepting different perspectives? I also think that portraying women as vulnerable physically is not a completely negative thing. Vulnerability is a strength we don't ALWAYS have to appear strong and in control that only leads to a very stunted way of existing in my opinion. I do think the topic is very important to bring light to and I'm excited to understand more about how women are portrayed within popular culture.

Some very helpful links:
Feminist Frequency
Bitch Magazine
Feministing

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Christina's World

When I was little I came across a painting that stuck with me and also seemed to an encompass something quite familiar. The painting was Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth. At the time I felt very uncomfortable in my own skin and also a nagging sense of distrust when it came to my interactions with people. I tended to gravitate towards the forest and spending hours walking in the woods fascinated by nature. In the painting her world seems to be separate yet still connected to what she's viewing.

When I researched the painting I found that Christina was actually physically disabled but I related more to the act of being emotionally vulnerable, almost absent of that instinct to discern when to be protective and set boundaries. Yet at the same time being extremely guarded with my heart and body such an odd paradox.

I've been deeply exploring in my own work what it means to be emotionally turbulent, confused but extremely idealistic and strong as well. I've learned my limitations within what illusions I have created in love. They were quite unmovable and defensive until I realized my main issue was the lack of self love I had. I think love is such a tremendously fascinating topic that only in the last few years I've come to grasp. 




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