Year’s End

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I recently took a fellow winter-baby out for her birthday so we could catch up. We wound up at a fantastic french cafe talking over tea (blood orange for her, apple and spice for me) and an obscene amount of pastries for over two hours. We talked about setting up Art Dates to reinvigorate our respective muses, my trying to practice my night photography, how unreasonably expensive actual cameras have gotten and then veering into issues of identity.

Totally dating myself here…but I was born in the 80’s and grew up with pretty limited options for my identity. And I basically was a huge failure at all of them. But now, some 30-ish years later there’s vocabulary for all sorts of stuff that I didn’t have coming of age and it’s pretty damn thrilling to me to find words that finally fit me and my experience other than wrong or broken.

I’ve always found the ideas around identity fascinating – how people view and define themselves in their own heads, in their families, in their cultures, etc. I’ll rant more at length about those topics and how they’ve shaped my life experience, but for the curious, I highly recommend Tommie Kelly’s podcasts.

In his two-part series, Tommie (an awesome artist along with a billion other things) does a rambling dissection of his own identity as he knows it in the context of how identity in general is thought about now. It’s really interesting to hear someone else mull over something that people tend to avoid talking about (to others at least). It’s relatable, it’s vulnerable, and I’m all here for it. You can find Part One here and Part Two here.

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In other news, I’ve been working on some art projects, which you can take a peek at on my Instagram and working behind the scenes to dream up a slightly less…non-existent design for this blog. And this being the season of holiday mania and all, it’s likely there won’t be any new posts until after the new year. But hopefully, I’ll have some fun things coming then.

So, may you all have a very Happy Whatever to all of you and may you survive the holiday season with your sanity in one piece!

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