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Current Music:the Raspberries- Capitol Records Collection
Time:01:19 pm
Current Mood:groggygroggy
These ladies have been the soundtrack to my last couple of days. If you're into the Slits, the Raincoats, the Au Pairs, the Mo-Dettes and bands of that ilk, you'll LOVE Kleenex/LiLiPut. Johnny-come-latelys (or should I say JOANNE-come-latelys..) like Le Tigre and Chicks on Speed have a HUGE debt to pay to this band. Kleenex/LiLiPut are the genuine article. Learn about them, listen to them, love them...

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Current Music:the Ramones- Pinhead
Time:02:56 pm
Current Mood:calmcalm
some news..

- my storefront installation is now up! Phew! It went up with no nasty suprises at all..I even made it to work on time afterwards! To all reading this, make sure to check out yours truly's debut solo art exhibition!! It's a window installation, so there's no excuse for you not to just PASS the hell by! And it never closes! How convenient! It's called CLASS OF '63 and it's up at Fly Gallery, 1172 Queen St. West, between Gladstone and Beaconsfield until May 31st.

- my birthday is tomorrow. I'll be 23..a pretty boring age. Once I turned 19, there was no reason to get any older. Birthdays now officially suck. I don't know what I'm going to do tomorrow...bah, humbug. I did get my first gift yesterday from Chris, though...the first installment of a tattoo I've been planning for awhile. It's of a really beautiful illustration from an old children's book I've had since I was very young of the Ugly Duckling. I'm pretty thrilled with it so far...like my other tattoos, it's pretty big, but still maintains a sense of subtlety. Already two people have told me it's very "un-tattoo-like," which is what I'm going for. My next sit is in a month...

- WHOOOOOOOO HOOOO!!!! Check this out!! Maybe it will be a good birthday after all! Or at least it'll be a rockin' May 10th if the stores get it in on time....

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Current Music:Veronica, by the man himself..
Subject:i'd go the whole wide world just to find him..haha..
Time:01:57 pm
Current Mood:bouncybouncy
http://jackwolak.com/7/3924.jpg (one of my favourite singles of his..)

Oh Wreckless Eric..how do I love thee?

For all you hipsters currently riding the power-pop train, check out Wreckless Eric if you aren't already familiar with him...Known for his Nick Lowe-produced chartbuster "Whole Wide World" and his funny gravel-ly voice, his stuff is pretty poppy, sometimes a bit sappy and saccharine (poor Eric seems to never get the girl!!), but lately I've been LOVING him! I'm addicted! He makes for perfect spring-time listening!!

Not to mention he's a major cutie-pie! Judging by one picture I have of him at home, I think he's only about five feet tall!! I've always been a sucker for the underdog..hahaha....
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Current Music:the Pogues- Dirty Old Town
Time:05:00 pm
Current Mood:draineddrained
You scored as Satanism. Your beliefs most closely resemble those of Satanism! Before you scream, do a bit of research on it. To be a Satanist, you don't actually have to believe in Satan. Satanism generally focuses upon the spiritual advancement of the self, rather than upon submission to a deity or a set of moral codes. Do some research if you immediately think of the satanic cult stereotype. Your beliefs may also resemble those of earth-based religions such as paganism.




















Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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Current Music:Wire- Chairs Missing
Subject:random wisps of useless information..
Time:03:31 pm
Current Mood:lethargiclethargic
Wahhhh....I'm sick as a fucking dog. My throat is KILLING me...it's been a long time since my throat has hurt this badly. At least it's just my throat, and I don't have a full-fledged flu. I've been totally out of commission for the past two days. I missed school yesterday, and might play hooky tomorrow too, just to be safe. I feel a bit better today, at least...

For the past two weeks, I've been working on what may just be my most ambitious art project to date...it certainly has been the most time consuming one I've done for school this year- it is a straightjacket made entirely of paper muffin/cupcake cups, sewn completely by hand. Sound crazy? It is...not to mention the execution was a monumental task. I'm about two hours away from being finished, and I'm pretty happy with it. I'll try to post pictures of it at some point in the future. For now, here's the image I worked from when making it, to give you a bit of an idea of how the jacket looks..


I'm sure Little Steven's Underground Garage is old news to most people, but quite frankly, I don't care. I am in LOVE with Little Steven's Underground Garage. LOVE is an understatement. I actually intend on taping it every Sunday night until the day I die..that's how much I love it. Last Sunday's installment was great...it was a tribute to "Naughty Girls," (the entire program was composed of songs by and about "Naughty Girls"..) in honour of Mamie Van Doren's birthday. The first few songs of the installment were Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation," the New York Dolls' "Bad Girl," the Who's "Picture's of Lily," and the Undertones' "Teenage Kicks." How awesome is that? I love you, Steven! You really are the "Mah Haraj of Garage!!" It's official...the radio no longer sucks.

An old friend of mine is having a sordid affair with someone in the U.S. Army. He told her that on their "downtime," members of the army are only allowed to shop at Wal-Mart and are only allowed to eat at McDonalds. This rule is ENFORCED by their commanding officers. How Orwell-ian is that!? Apparently, this is 100% true....pretty frightening, to say the very least...
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Current Music:the Raincoats- s/t
Subject:this is silly...
Time:02:46 pm
Current Mood:boredbored
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The fact that German Expressionism is so rare surprises me...

I don't really have much to report considering the amount of time that has passed since my last entry! The holidays were pretty uneventful, but the relaxation I was able to finally have after my insane semester at school was awesome. I did some baking for family, got to catch up with friends I hadn't been able to spend time with during the school year, saw some of Robert Rauschenberg's later mixed media works in the Distillery, did some fun light freelance illustration work for a bunch of people...all in all, my holidays could have been a lot worse... Oh...and I gained about 10 lbs. Entirely in dates, chocolate, and polish gingerbread, no doubt..

I'm back in school now, and I'm finding my approach to my work, school, and to LIFE in general is far more laid back than it was before the holidays began. I know deep down this is a good thing, but it scares me a little. I liked Hitler Tara! I like it when I'm in Drill-Sargent mode! I feel powerful and productive! Oh well...I did enough work last semester to span a fucking century, so I guess this little lazy phase is okay...for now, anyway..

Work on the go right now...
- the infamous Blue Dress (the front is practically finished...FINALLY...)
- an anatomical drawing of a cross-section of the epidermis..executed entirely in collaged HAIR EXTENTIONS...
- lots of boring written work..a mock curatorial proposal, a review of the Rauschenberg exhibit, prep-work for the year-end gallery exhibit, and the list goes on. We'll see if anything actually gets done..
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Current Music:the Mod-ettes- White Mice
Time:04:39 pm
Current Mood:calmcalm
Holy cow! It's been sooo long since I updated this thing!

I live, eat, sleep and breathe school. This is pretty much all I have to report! I am a geek and a hermit, and have become a totally one-dimensional person! ART is the only subject I can talk about without stammering like an asshole or having a massive brain fart! How depressing! I really need this holiday coming up...

Projects I currently have on the go (SEE! It's all I can talk about anymore!!): a vintage dress with a train made out of wax-dipped eggshells and a skirt composed of wax-dipped pages of a paperback cookbook from 1962; two large mixed media paintings/drawings of old storefronts in the 'hood; a woodcut of a laundromat (also in the 'hood); a zine made of "daily drawings" I was required to do for one of my classes (I was dreading having a drawing a day imposed on me..oddly, my daily drawing sketchbook ended up being one of the projects I was the most proud of/happy with this term..) and three Japanese scroll paintings illustrating three of Kafka's short stories. I've done a billion other things over the course of the past few months as well...I've been a busy bee to say the least...

As if that all wasn't enough, I have an installation up in the school's locker gallery (yes, a gallery in a LOCKER...it's true..) this week, will have about 8 pieces up in the school's winter show on December 9th, and am exhibiting/selling a print at Open Studio's winter open house and sale from December 3rd-6th. (Open Studio is Toronto's big printmaking studio/centre for professional Printmakers) These are all things I should be thrilled about, but quite frankly, I've been too burned out, tired and stressed out to even enjoy it all! Hopefully everything will come naturally to me again soon...this year I've felt like I have to kill myself to get any work done. Is this something everyone goes though at some point? I hope so...I feel like the pressure is really on this year because I'll be graduating...jeez. I'm 22 going on 82. I need to lighten the hell up...

Sorry to all my dear pals for being such a negligent bastard of a friend lately...hopefully we'll be able to catch up and hang out over the course of December..(Marnzipan, especially..I miss you so much!)

Some winter resolutions:
- I will make a point to be a careless, lazy sloth at least one day a week over the entire holiday season.
- I'm going to try to make a point to get out to Niagara Falls to soak up some trashy Falls culture...I don't know why I've had such a hankering for that place lately..especially in the winter. I've always really liked it out there..lots of weird old relics hidden among the glitz and polish..
- I will indulge in all of the non-art related interests I have been neglecting lately. (horror and foreign movies, music and zines specifically...)
- I will try to put my irrational food neuroses aside this holiday season and gorge on as much junk food as humanly possible! Gingerbread and chocolatey stuff, especially! Woo-hooooo!!!
- I will hit on boys and try to get laid! Double woo-hooooo!!!
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Current Music:In my head- Television's "Marquee Moon"
Subject:a quick update..
Time:08:50 pm
Current Mood:busybusy
I don't even really have time to update this but I'll give you the Reader's Digest version of the past few days..

- My tattoo is all done and on my forearm as we speak! In short, I was sort of un-plesantly surprised when the artist showed me the sketch of the finished tattoo, but even though it wasn't what I expected, I did think it was a fantastic design, technically and artistically speaking. So, the day of the tattoo, I decided to chill out, not be such an anal-retentive knit-picker, and get it done despite the minor things I didn't "like" or expect about it. Now that it's on me, I couldn't love it more. It's by MILES my nicest and most well executed piece (it puts the cherry blossoms to shame so badly, I WISH I would've known about this artist beforehand so I could've gotten him to do them!) and I'm thrilled to have it. I've caught the tattoo bug in a big way...too bad money won't permit me to get another one until the next ice age. For more on the tattoo, check out my last entry...
- Back to school! I've had two full days so far. My school seems really empty this year...I think enrollment is WAY down. So far, I really love my CANADIAN Art History class, (WHAT a surprise! I thought Canadian art was all Glaciers and Douglas Fir Trees...I was mistaken! Canadian art in the 50s and 60s was awesome! WOO HOO!) and most of my other classes are loosely structured, so I'll get to work on bodies of work I've already started to develop. School this year is going to be more like just utilizing the space for my own practice, which is great. It's still early on, though...we'll see how tomorrow goes: Drawing III at 9:00, Mixed Media at 1:00.
- Speaking of bodies of work, Dress #3 is well on it's way. One challenge still lies ahead, though...buying out every Dollarama in Toronto's stock of 6-packs of baby blue hair rollers!! I've already bought out Dufferin Mall, Queen and Brock, and Dufferin and Eglinton. What if they're discontinued? Parkdale Dollarama hasn't replenished their hair roller stock in two weeks!! Ack! I'll just DIE if they discontinue my rollers...they're a very particular shade of blue. I don't want to have to retire the dress halfway through...oh well...

more ramblings to come when I have more time in a few days..
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Current Music:In my head: Minor Threat's "Betray"
Time:01:38 pm
Current Mood:enthralledenthralled
I'm happy to report that I've been feeling a whole lot less impotent lately. Impotent in every way possible...I've been doing more art and enjoying myself and getting more enjoyment out of things in general. Thank god. I thought I was losing it there for a bit. Not to say I'm entirely out of the woods yet...but things are looking up. I know I'm being totally vague!! Those of you who know me well know what I'm talking about (my sweet Peach, namely..)..I'm afraid all others will have to suffer in ignorance for the time being...sorry! Hahaha...

Some developments...
- I'm about 95% sure I've booked my first gallery show!! It'll be a window installation at Fly Gallery on Queen West, just east of Gladstone, in late April/mid-May, coincidentally RIGHT after graduation! I'm beyond thrilled...the installation will involve my infamous dresses. Two or three will be on display, and I'll also be in control of the display/backdrops, etc. Wish me luck!
- I finished a new issue of Poseur Grrrl last week. This one was particularily personal, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, both layout and content-wise. I went to great lengths to put it out there for as many people to check out as possible. It's at an infoshop in the Market, as well as the Women's Bookstore. When I'm not busy with school (over the summer and winter holidays), I'm going to make a pointed effort from now on to put as much work into the zine as possible. I've done in for almost almost eight years now, so it would be a shame if I let it fall by the wayside. As busy as I am, and will be for the next little while, I'm going to try my best to keep it going, and ALWAYS get an issue done during holidays, no matter what. The feeling of finally finishing one, purging thoughts and feelings, and getting a good response (or any response at all..) is so good...
- Back to school on the 14th!! I'm excited as hell...what a dork I am! I already have some ideas for bodies of work to develop in some of my classes. Though I'm fairly capable of working on my own, it feels good to have some sense of structure, and bounce things off of some of the cooler teachers. School also gives me a (good)excuse to only work two days a week..haha...
- I'm getting tattooed on the 13th! It will be my first one in almost two years!! I'm getting a Japanese Noh theatre mask on my forearm, based loosely on a character from the Akira Kurosawa film Throne of Blood. It will be a mask..but the expression will be based on a still of the character Asaji (based on Lady MacBeth..), in the scene where she is trying to wash "blood" off of her hands. Maybe I'll post some pictures when it's done..
Here are some links to give you some ideas about what the hell I'm talking about if you have no clue what a Noh mask looks like:
Asaji (Kurosawa's version of Lady MacBeth) in one of my favourite scenes of Throne of Blood..
- I almost forgot..score of a lifetime: 4 yearbooks from Western, 1960-1963..$25. I almost shat myself. Hand delivered to me at work by a dealer I know from the 'hood. I started shaking when he gave them to me..
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Subject:miscellaneous news...
Time:07:22 pm
Some news..

Last night I went to see Stiff Little Fingers! They were in fine form, and played quite a few old ones, among them Barbed Wire Love (!), Wasted Life and Suspect Device! On top of it all, I pushed my way to front row centre and sang along to half the songs! It was pretty awesome..definately a memorable night. Well...at least the first half of the night was memorable..I got drunk off of three beers (what's happened to me!?!) and spent the second half of the night flirting with 18 year old boys. When did I become such a cougar?!?

Today I went to my school and signed up for all my classes in September. I am BEYOND thrilled to be going back to school...this summer has been uneventful, even crumby. I got into all the classes I wanted to get into and and pretty excited about all of them. One in particular will be pretty interesting..it's a third year course called Professional Studio, in which we develop a body of work which we eventually exhibit in a group show. The tough part about that, though, is that I've never been one to limit myself to one medium. Most people have one main area of expertise, but I do equal amounts of several different types of visual art. I LOVE and do a lot of printmaking, collage/mixed media, drawing/illustration and sculpture/installation. I have NO idea which of my favourite media I will focus on in this class. It's a big decision, because the work produced in the class will be in a gallery show, and will ultimately define what I do to people who are not familiar with my work. I've never been one to limit myself to one thing...argh!!Decisions, decisions!! Any suggestions, people? Which of my artworks did you feel the greatest response to? I'd love some feedback...
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