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Late at night when I can't sleep I sometimes draw on my Ipad because I can do it from the couch in the living room where I am hanging out begging my Muse to let me nod off. She's a ruthless taskmaster, however, and sometimes only will allow rest after I've read a little, or drawn a little, or eaten a banana (perhaps sharing a morsel with my good dog MIMI). Last night it was more Pussy Hat girls.
PUSSY HAT GREETING CARDS!
Many of us are outraged by the events of the last year when not-my-president was elected. In and effort to keep on resisting and persisting I've published my first wide distribution greeting cards during 2017. The images are famous ones with a very current twist.
Mona Lisa with Pussy Hat is one of a long line of mash-ups of great artwork offered in the tradition of Duchamp, Dali, Warhol and others. Luncheon on the Grass, Manet's great, and at the time controversial painting, offers a different take...some figures naked, some not, some male, some female, all with pink hats.
These two cards are carried in several shops including those at the Bainbridge Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, HubBUB (Centralia, WA), and more retailers are coming on.
I'm happy to ship to you if you are a wholesaler. Please plan to order 2 dozen minimum (I recommend one each of the two styles) at a wholesale rate of $3 each or $72 plus tax if within WA State. First time shipping is free. Subsequent shipping is $5.
(I also offer boxed sets of 8 cards at $24. You can order either design or a mixed box.)
If you want to pick up smaller orders, let me know. If you have ideas of retailers who might wish to carry the cards, I'd love to know.
Depending of how this goes, I may reopen my Etsy store or add in an e-commerce link on this site.
Bainbridge Museum of Art Installation is UP
About "Cultural Transformation Redux" by Zia Gipson
The paper dolls in "Cultural Transformation" were born in an installation at the Schack Art Center in 2011. They are one of a number of artworks I've made that looks at loss as part of the human experience. This paper doll installation comments on the way certain types of cultural knowledge is passed on generation to generation. In making this piece I'm noting that after the Internet much of what we learn to make or do we learn from watching an on-line video rather than from another person.
When I was growing up if I needed to know how to make something I would ask my mother, a life-long elementary school teacher, with not a small amount of artist in her. She would sit by my side showing me how to hold the paper and scissors or paintbrush and demonstrate, sometimes taking my hands in hers. As when she read to me at bedtime, I had her full attention, something rare in American homes in these days.
Today, young people learn everything online from coding to crochet and often they take up teaching producing videos at a very young age. While I applaud this entrepreneurial spirit, I think something incalculable has been lost when subjects are no longer taught person to person. While I have no scientific evidence to back up my hypothesis, I believe that personally transmitted information is retained longer in our memories tied as it is to a rich sensory learning experience.
You have to have fun. Making paper dolls is part ofmy efforts to reprise an installation I started a few years back. The installation is composed of strings of paper dolls coated with encaustic medium. The work is a commentary on the fact that some of us lucky ones learned things from our mothers...things like making paper dolls and now it's more common to learn these kinds of things on YouTube.
Increasingly, I'm not interested in making art that isn't somehow connected to the issues I care about. Much of my work swirls around what we are losing...environmentally, culturally, artistically...not that we aren't gaining new memes and recirculating ideas that gain new traction with each passing day. But like many others, I feel the losses keenly. I'll miss the clear vista from my house when it fills up with other people coming to live in this beautiful place. I'll miss my mother who set me up with scissors and paper at a young age and launched my life with heb blessings of energy and love and passion for making things. I miss the animals I haven't met but I know are put down because their owners have forsaken them and because they are not lucky enough to be adopted into a first world home. You could call me an optimist with a big sigh...struggling to get up and find meaning every day and yet so grateful. I used to have a card on my office bulletin board that said, " Happiness is a form of gratitude". I'm trying to live this, some days more fruitfully than others.ziagipson.com
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