Friday, February 27, 2009
So if you don't see my blog from time to time, just wait it should get better eventually.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
You know that 365 project.. yeah that one. Well, I am postponing that until further notice. I need to focus a little attention on me for a second, I feel weighed down by that project. Can I be honest here.. of course I can, right. The truth is that I'm exhausted and I feel that I'm running at a capacity of 40%. I need some regroup time to propel myself at least to 85% and above.
Not that I'm going to stop posting or anything, I just feel I have enough on my shrinking little plate.
This week I have been trying to catch up on school work while juggling everything else. My mom is coming to town tomorrow and although that seems nice, it actually is very time consuming. I also take my show down on Saturday morning.
All this is going on while I remain unmotivated and tired. I don't even want to do my own dishes, that's how pooped I am.
The rain isn't helping either.
Wish me luck as I search the world for myself again, I seemed to have lost part of me and if you find it first.. please send it back.
That fire under my you know what would be nice right about now.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I do have some news as well. First things first, I sold "Well Isn't That Just Swell" yesterday while working at the Split. The gentlemen that bought it is a regular there and has had his eye on the piece this whole month. So far that is 4 sold and 3 commissions. Not to sound narcissistic, but I'm very proud of myself (patting myself on the back).
At Artquest I ran into Matt Decker (I was telling you about in previous post), do you recall me saying I want to have a show at his tattoo/vintage shop. Well.. I booked a show for Sept. 4th!! It's a bit far off but I'm very happy about it.
For my 365 project.. well.. I will say going to the openings on Saturday was working on my art, booking the show etc. Today my art project is that I finally bought my domain name. This blog will be linked to it, not sure how the whole transition works yet. Blogger states that it takes up to at least 3 days for the whole process to be finalized. My new address will www.emilycoker.com It's very exciting! Now I need to start working on my portfolio and moving full steam ahead.
I also need to start really working hard on my commissioned work. Back to juggling all the things I want to do and make it look easy, sort of.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
A friend of mine said it seemed like something I would make, which I think makes it even better. I know you might be sitting there thinking to yourself.. "that is so rude and crass". Yes, it is and that is why I like it. My favorite heart is "eat crotch". Speaking of hearts..
I sold the piece "Mended" this week. I am so thrilled that someone else got this piece. The woman that bought it said it made her feel melancholy and sad, and that it intrigued her. I knew then that she got what I was trying to say. I know that I have posted the pictures of it before, but here they are again.
I love this bottom picture. When making this box it was important for me to put an image of a woman with her back turned. This picture is just perfect, I found the image in a 1940's Life magazine, the issue was about women's fashion. "Mended" was made to depict a very somber, sad and alone feeling you get after either you are left in love or that you are far away enough from it to know the reality (even if painful) of that love. The mended hearts hang almost in a mocking fashion of the future growth one must take. Many of the hearts are mended with words taken from a erotica novel, things like "our tongues" and "my head went back in ecstasy". There is also a box inside the box with the mended hearts and words flowing out of it, this goes along with the idea of our inner secrets. Most of my boxes are talking about inner secrets and this just fits right in with it. I love "Mended" and am thrilled about my friend who bought it! I could go on and on about the meanings of this piece for me but don't want to taint your view.
Writing all of that just made me think again about how I believe that this series of work will spark many other spin off series. I'm very excited to journey into this.
Until next time..
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
On a positive note, so many great people showed up and I got some tremendous feedback about my work. A lot of people loved it and that made me feel so justified and wonderful. I thank everyone who made it and apologize to you if I drooled on you, said terrible crass things to you, or fell on you toward the end of the night.
I hope I will stop beating myself up about the whole thing.. it really isn't that big of a deal but.. man am I the worst critic and super obsessive. It's all a learning experience in the end.
Some advice for people who are thinking of doing a show/opening. Try to remain calm and take everything in moderation and good stride.
It's hard work! Emotionally and physically. I have spent a lot of time lately battling with the anxiety that comes with putting myself out there. It is a fine balance game of emotions once it is finally out there. Yesterday was one of my hardest days through this whole process. After the opening, not only was I hungover but I was very down in a sense. How I would describe it is like this: you spend several months anticipating this event and getting worked up about the whole thing and nervous. You hang your show and you have mixed feelings about the work. You love your work but can't stop starring at it wondering what it is and who did it. I basically felt like someone was taking over and I was on auto pilot, I'm looking back wondering what happened. Then the big opening day comes and you are so nervous you feel completely out of your skin.. I felt proud of myself and sort of felt like hiding away from it all to protect myself. The love I felt from people at the opening was great. The days to follow are quiet and contemplative. I just wish that I didn't drink as much so that I could truly enjoy the moments thoroughly. But.. it is what it is.
I hope I shake it and learn from it.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Nope, this isn't one of those creepy period commercials for Kotex. The dot that you see is to denote "sold" on my artwork. I sold another piece yesterday!!! Yay!!
I sold "Triptych"! That was one of my favorite pieces and it took me the longest time to make. I explain more about it here. The couple that bought it are some of the most creative people I know, and they are so nice, great, wonderful, interesting, and there aren't enough adjectives to describe them. If you frequent Lanesplitter you know about the action figures that are made for the employees (technically for the pub, but they are made about the employees). These dolls are made by this couple and some upper management Lanesplitter people. I don't want to put their names down because some people may not appreciate that.
Here is my action figure from a bazillion years ago:
Pretty cool eh?
My opening is tonight and I'm super excited and nervous. I know I shouldn't be nervous but I am. As social as I am, I'm also nerve wrecked easily. With that said.. I think it will be great and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone!
off to work I go..
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Collage and Assemblage art has always intrigued me and is a major influence in my work. “Synapses” is a deconstruction of thoughts, feelings, and particular moments in life. I wanted the viewer to look into each box and see themselves, either from the outside or the inside.
Medicine cabinets hold stories, mysteries, and secrets; one can’t help looking in them. I chose to use them as my main medium because of that very idea. As the viewer, you are opening the door to someone’s secrets. Each vanity holds a different story, moment, or feeling. The lights are to signify the synapse that takes place in your brain during the thought process. The bulbs light up randomly to resemble the brains movement from these particular images of thought. I put a heavy emphasis in linking our past with our present state of mind so that one can move toward what's to come next. In a sense, the medicine cabinets have been therapy or a way for me to explain my thought processes and emotions.
My artistic expression started with making “Artists’ Books”, I enjoy making books in a non-traditional way, I want the reader to engage and become a part of the story or visuals. Four of my books are displayed in this series; they are in the wood wine crates. These books helped inspire me to create shadow boxes or dioramas that display a bigger scene that the viewer absorbs.
I would like to give a very special thanks to Christy Carter for being the best power tool goddess alive. Christy is an established carpenter and is currently studying at Mills College in hopes to rule the world. If it weren't for C.C., I couldn’t have done my show and would probably be missing some fingers. Many more thanks to: Mike Rice and Val Esway for helping me hang the show and tolerating my moods. Even more thanks to my family, friends, and my muse who have always believed in me and pushed me.
If you are interested in purchasing the art, call: 510-xxx-xxxx or visit: http://www.ecoker.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The open box is "Toxic Thoughts"
warm blue glow of "Triptych"
Old fashioned glow of "Well isn't that just Swell".
"Bobbi's Last Ride" Already Sold!! That is the above picture.
"Second-Hand Souls" looks so pretty on the brick wall.
Detail of "Mended". One of the lights doesn't work.. but I'll fix it later.
P.S. I'm not so great with my writing and grammar.. so you sticklers out there BEWARE!.. just saying.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I was slowly waking up this morning and getting mentally prepared to hang my show when it dawned on me... my sweater?? it's gone. I didn't see it while I was folding laundry... not at the laundromat, home, or any place?
I wonder is someone took it?? I'm going through suspects now in my head.. there were three people there, one woman that took up about 17 washing machines, the man that was singing to his reflection in the fire extinguisher case, and one woman who was cleaning out her purse with latex gloves on... I bet you if it was stolen, it was her. She was very, very, very strange and didn't really look like she was doing any laundry.
I don't know why I'm posting this other than I'm just super nervous and have to hang my show soon. I may have wanted to wear that sweater and that's why I'm thinking of it.
Wish me luck today!