making good on my resolution + ups and downs

January 9, 2010 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings


I’m doing it, guys. Now that I’m feeling a bit better, I am getting out of the house and making good on my “get off my ass” New Years Resolution. I went to the Museum of Arts & Design to see large and small scale paper art at the Slash show yesterday (though I thoroughly enjoyed the Ghost Stories exhibit as well) and if you’re going to be in NY through April, I highly recommend it. It certainly made me want to pick up my xacto blade again and start working on some ideas that started percolating while I was at the show. Some of the miniscule, detailed cuts of those large scale paper pieces were beautiful, but mind boggling in execution, however, I know I have the patience for this kind of stuff. I once created a 20″x24″ pointillist still life drawing in high school using fine tip pens. For hours and days and weeks and probably months, I sat in my room after school everyday and obsessively made tiny dots after dots after dots. Once I realized how insane this project was, I knew I had to finish or else I’d feel like quitter (true), but when I was done months later I felt like I had earned some kind of superhero status on repetitive tasks and gained the patience of saint (not true, as evidenced years later when the kids appeared).

In any case, after a meeting this morning, all signs so far might be pointing towards making some art again.

But here, folks, lie the ever-ending vicious circle. Art making requires free time -> Paying bills requires working -> Working takes away from free time -> No free time means no art making. Uh huh.

The hustle for work and a subsequent meeting next week plus some interesting (and not really in a good way) news indirectly related, but crucial to the business has given me an anxiety migraine tonight.

As I joked to a friend today, I need to find a patron. Yeah, that’s it. Let’s bring that practice back.

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  • paule Trudel Bellemare January 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

    maybe you could start introducing more artsy/paper cuts elements in your design jobs? i find it would fit your style.
    you still put your time in your contracts, but justify working on your creative envy.
    i dont know if thats possible.
    personnaly, i often chose myself what medium i work with. and most of the time i sort of impose it to the client (so far no major problems haha) and its a way for me not to get too bored and to also experiment and keep live. makes sens?

  • Nadia P January 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

    This may be a naive, just-started-design-school point of view, but what about grants? Aren’t those today’s patrons? Art yourself Jenna!

  • Anna January 9, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Oh man. I need to acquire a kabillion dollars so I can be your patron.

  • heather January 9, 2010 at 11:21 am

    amen — i’m ever waiting for a wealthy benefactor to come out of the woodwork and tell me i’m the sole heir to their fortune. [sigh] financial backing or not, you have such talent for photography! i got my first digital SLR for Christmas and i’m still wrestling with it to take the photos i want. i bet you could sell some of your photos!

    cheers and all the best in 2010,


  • Nina January 10, 2010 at 11:48 am

    solution=make art your business 🙂

  • Nina January 10, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I meant money-making business, why not right?

  • Andrew Thornton January 11, 2010 at 6:41 am

    You know, the truest and scariest thing I’ve discovered is to follow your muse. If your heart tells you to make art; make art. The universe will conspire to help you. Everything else will fall into place.

  • Theresa January 12, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    your blog is amazing, i love this post and these lovely photos! i found you through my friend ariel’s blog:

    great post!