June 23, 2017

Career Day

I forgot to tell you about career day! I was invited by a Girl Scout Troop to speak about being a technical writer AND an artist. I couldn't say no.


There were so many dedicated women there talking to the girl scouts about being engineers, firefighters, lawyers, photographers, and dog trainers. It was very inspiring!


I liked having the chance to talk to them about being able to do more than one thing - the practical job plus the thing you're meant to do. It's also an option.



June 09, 2017

The End of the Little Square Sketchbook

These are the last few un-posted sketches from my little square Laloran sketchbook. It was a challenge to get used to because it was so small, but I fell in love with it!





June 08, 2017

Book Sketch and Review - Naked by the Window by Robert Katz

One of my college professors recommended this book nearly 20 years ago and I finally got around to reading it. It's a great book - part detective story, part courtroom drama, part art-world exposé.

The author makes a very good argument that artist Carl Andre killed his wife, artist Ana Mendieta. Andre was acquitted because the legal system and the New York art community failed Ana and let him get away with it. He was then able to continue working and to continue showing his artwork.

What I wasn't expecting from this book was the very clear example of the patriarchy that it provided, without ever mentioning the patriarchy. Carl Andre got away with the murder of his wife because he was a successful male artist. And that's what the patriarchy does - it makes a man's job more important than a woman's life. I'm aware that it's not "supposed to," but just look at all of the examples of rapists who have received little to no jail time because they were young and had "potential." Or look at the president of this country, who can brag on tape about grabbing women's genitals, which seems to be okay with everybody because he's a good businessman. 

So, I would totally recommend this book, but be forewarned it will haunt you. RIP Ana Mendieta.