Jekyll Island Beach 2012

Jekyll Island Beach 2012
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

THE MONSTERS THAT MADE US


The Rogue Speaks:

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Yep, that's the name of the next exhibit I am in! Before I could get in this show, I had to prove to them that I had come from a dysfunctional family, and that it had affected the way I create my art. Since most of us are the product of a dysfunctional family, the first part was easy. All I had to mention was bipolar, suicide, and major affective disorder. I just this second realized that the initials for the last thing are m.a.d. and that is exactly what they were! They were MAD, I tell you! MAD! Actually that is the line from an old horror movie I once saw, but it works.
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The second part took some thinking, since my work has never been dark, angry, or brooding. I believe that artists should paint to their strengths, not their weaknesses. I do, however, like quirky stuff--stuff that is a little outside the box. My explanation for this is that I really never wanted to be part of a crazy family, therefore, I wanted to be outside the box. One of my submissions is an encaustic, Young Santa, shown above. It is a small piece, only 8 x 8, and I incorporated a broken pair of glasses that just happened to be lying around. O.k., they're mine! But I just got new ones. Works for me. I guess it worked for the curator of the exhibit, because I got accepted.
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I could have mentioned alcoholism, drug addiction, grand theft, incest, severe ocd, hoarding, and a few other things, but those were in my extended family, with whom I had only occasional contact.
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I told just enough stuff to get me in the show. Hopefully I will sell something, which is my main goal anyway. I did pretty well at Brandi Fenton--sold two out of three!
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The artists reception is Friday, April 9 from 5-9, at the Holy Joe Studio (you read that right), 1122 N. Stone Avenue . If you're in town, you are welcome to come. Otherwise, I'll keep you posted!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is this all true, or did you just make it up to get in the show?

Anonymous said...

Why do you tell people stuff like that? Aren't you afraid they will believe it???

The Guy's Perspective said...

I'm assuming you're half joking, and you're just dealing with people who think it's cool to be a "starving artist" whatever that means.

Good luck. I like this piece. Hope you sell some work!

Buffi Neal said...

Judie,
I think we're related! No, I'm sure we are :-) Hey- I love this picture - did you sell it at the show? I thought it was your father, but then when you said santa and I could see it clear!

I had to cut a lot of my crazies out of the book... and my first group of reviewers didn't think a homosexual minister was any big deal - so I let them know he was also my grandmother's cousin AND her husband. Enough said.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love your artwork. Hey - since we're related - if you have a button - I'll put it on my blog (let me know).

-Buffi
My Wonderfully Dysfunctional Blog