One of the perks of having a studio within a bigger community of artists is that I constantly get to see what other people are doing. Not having an artist community was one of the biggest shocks after graduating undergrad. DePaul had (has) a fairly small art program, so I knew all the teachers and most of the students, either personally or by the art they were making. After graduating, I sat around a bit, twiddling my thumbs and wondering what to do next and waiting for someone to call me out on my inaction. It was liberating, but also scary. Thankfully, I found Spudnik and baby-stepped my way back to art and into that creative atmosphere. I took one of their free community classes, then an 8 week class, then sub-leased a studio and finally ended up with a more permanent studio setup. Having time regularly scheduled for making and viewing art has made all the difference in what I am now able to do. I’ve always loved this quote:
“I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately, I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.”
With the recent opening of the Annex at Spudnik Press (where my studio is located), seeing new art became even easier with shows being curated right outside my door. Currently, Long-Arm Stapler First Aid – Self-Care in Zines and Mini Comics is up. Since a lot of my recent art has quite a dark undertone or is just dark, period, it’s refreshing to see art that is a bit more light-hearted. The show is up until May 31st, 2013 at the The Annex @ Spudnik Press Cooperative (1821 W Hubbard, Suite 303, Chicago, IL)
From Spudnik’s website:
This exhibition of largely self-published works tackles self-care from many angles: health, grooming, food preparation, self-defense, coping strategies, defense mechanisms, mental or spiritual development and even soul enrichment. At their core these pieces suggest we must be our own advocates for our own health and well being.