01/03/2006: "Matisse's Blog"
In an email I received tonight: "The more I read through it, the more I thought about your site, itself, as your ultimate living artwork."
Hmmm, that was kind of cool, thanks Daniel! It also reminded me of an article "Resurrecting Matisse" (Harper's Dec. 05) which is partially a review of Matisse's first biography written 50 years after his death.
I think art historians tend to over-reach (i.e. bullshit) a lot when trying to explain what an artist was doing artistically or how the artist felt in general because a lot of artists didn't write or say much about it themselves. But is that a good or bad thing?
Today a lot of artists have blogs...I've been blogging for several years now...and it makes me shudder to think of all my drivel floating around in cyber space; but wait, what will happen to all my postings on mold and afro wigs when I die? Will my site just get taken down so there will be nothing left?...that almost seems worse. I wonder if they have a web version of being cryogenically frozen? Wait, where was I going with this?
Oh hell, I don't know...maybe the fact that Matisse didn't navel gaze and write about his every motivation was a good thing. Leaves a bit o mystery...something for art critics to bicker about...something for individuals to try and ferret out on their own by viewing his work (*did* he sleep with his models for example?). Personally, I would have *loved* to have read his blog...the more random inarticulate musings the better...but that's just me.
Anyway, I've added a few new links to my side bar, including Granny Gets a Vibrator, written by Liz, who has an entry about my prints in her Jan. 3rd post (including pictures of them framed on the walls in her house!) pretty cool eh!
Also, I'm back to my day job tomorrow and I'm feeling all anxious and weirded out. It's always hard for me after I've been away for awhile. I used to miss a lot of school when I was a kid and it felt the same way, coming back to school after being out for a couple weeks...like first day jitters or something. I better go and try and get some sleep though I'm sure I'll just be lying awake for hours having pointless mini-panic attacks and wondering about what Matisse's blog might have said.