It’s been a wild few weeks, bittersweet but beautiful. I can’t even figure out where to start.
Most saliently, I found myself waking up last Friday to news of a horrific mass-shooting in the town where I grew up. A town that, up until a week ago, if I had told you the name, you would have shrugged your shoulders and I’d have to wave my hands and explain, “sort of, like, in the southeast corner of Connecticut”. It’s weird that a single word can suddenly change to become a loaded shorthand for so many things, instead of just a point on a map, it is a cultural touchstone. It’s been hard, surreal, enraging. I find myself with a sudden uncomfortable insight at how parasitic much of mainstream media can be, and watching it from afar in New York has been challenging. I want to write more about it at length, but, perhaps, this isn’t the proper venue. Or maybe it is. After all, our beliefs and experiences are what shape our creation of art, no?
Speaking of art, I’ve been feeling pretty unstoppable, a momentum that I sometimes find hard to tap into. A flow state, if you will. And it feels wildly exciting, like I’ve found a facile shortcut towards my dreams.
Working on my weekly party, Autopilot, has also been a huge part of that. Nightlife is something I’ve been involved with for a pretty long time now, through various aspects: door girl, performer, go-go dancer, decorator, promoter, flyer girl, stage manager, etc. And every single time, I tap into this flow state where my mind feels sharp, reflexes responding, where I can respond and solve problems fluidly. After things sort of organically wrapped up with Lowbrow Society earlier in the spring, I felt like I was ready to get started on my own venture. So, Saturn Bound is my new project, which has been going surprisingly well. All these years of work and learning are starting to pay off. So grateful for my “Party Mentors” I’ve had over the years.
And, one of those mentors is Mr. Kevin Bracken, the mad genius behind those pillow fights in Union Square as well as the up-and-coming Speakeasy app, which I’ve been beta testing and consulting on the UI/UX and design. I’m digging it a LOT, and I can’t wait to see it in action.
This week, I wrote and illustrated a guest article, “Walk of Fame: Going to Work [or Class] the Next Day with Your Dignity Intact” for their “Party Science” series on the blog! Check it out, tell me what you think and if you have any tips of your own to add! Apparently, I’m “hilarious”, which I find genuinely awesome and surprising.
And, yep. Lots of things in the works. Doing some more ice cream girl paintings and collaborating on a photography vs illustration nude portrait project for Brooklyn Wildlife’s “12 Days of Art” coming up in January. And throwing more parties. And working on secret projects.
2013 is going to be a fucking awesome year, I can feel it already.