This week’s EBSQ Blogger of the Week comes to us from across great blue sea, to share her wisdom and her rich (often symbolic) paintings. I only recently become more acquainted with this artists work when I happened up on her blog last month. I hope you enjoy her vivid images as much as I do!
Who and where are you?
Angie Reed Garner, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
I was living in Chicago showing in the gallery system. In 2001 the art market starved, after 9/11. Several of my galleries closed outright, two wonderful longtime dealers decided it was a good time to retire… I had no idea when things would pick up again, and somehow had to keep earning and the work growing.
I began making small paintings on wood– 4-5″ high– and carrying them around in a bookbag wherever I went, and showing them to anyone who would look. Then we’d talk about them, and often they would sell.
A lot of times I’d make a piece and sell it within a day or two, which was really exciting, but it also meant maybe nobody but me and the collector ever even saw the piece before it was gone. That was intimate but also a little sad.
Around that time someone told me about LiveJournal and sent me an invite. I put the two together and started blogging the pieces that I sold. I was playing with the idea that the collector completes the piece when they give it a home. This is literally true given my process because if a piece doesn’t sell, I often rework it to include what I’ve learned since it was first made. This can go on for years.m When someone takes a piece off my hands, then it is really done.
In a way I’ve had a bunch of different blogs since then, although I never ended the one blog– I just kept layering on. It’s been an expat blog and a place to discuss politics mostly as expressed in art.
Now I’m interested in it as a form of an open studio.
It’s your blog, so the rules are what you choose. Set guidelines that suit you so you are a happy blogger, and expect to change them over time.
As my partner transitioned from grad student and researcher to university professor, that had implications for the blog. And now that more people read blogs, I’m far less likely to write about anyone but myself in mine because I’m protective of others. For myself I’m relatively fearless– exposing things that matter to me sort of comes with the job description– but knowing me shouldn’t mean that your business gets published. Touch wood I’ve done a good job with this or been lucky. I’ve been blogging for nine years now and had very few problems.
I take creative blocks seriously… as with any other kind of job, anything that potentially stops you from working is a major problem.
I used to block when I wasn’t sure I’d have a place to show paintings, as in “why am I making even more paintings the world does not want” but now I’m more confident that I can get the work up
on a wall somewhere. If I block these days, it’s because I’m emotionally overwhelmed (by life) when I step into that undistracted silence. Or I’m tired.
Music and talks are medicine for that… I pick whatever will support me that day. If I’m tired it’s dance music. If I’m overwhelmed, probably I’ll click on a talk about some aspect of meditation practice. Most of the problems artists have in their heads, people who meditate have faced them.
Stop by the blog and see. I don’t exactly keep people guessing– it’s all there.
Thank you Angie for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!
If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?