31 May 2017
For years I suffered with mazeophobia, the fear of getting lost. One family member, I remember before one trip, scoffed, asking if I was afraid of flying. No, I said, I’m afraid of airports. What I actually was fearful of was getting lost in the airport. Not long after that, I ended up stranded in the Minneapolis airport for seventeen hours, walking, walking, every inch of that airport. By the time I finally boarded my plane, I wasn’t afraid of airports anymore. But…the fear of getting lost in general remained.
I bought and studied an atlas. I bought a Garmin GPS. I learned how to use the GPA on my phone. I created a system of tracking my entire journey. I not only got in my car and traveled with others, I got in that little red car and traveled by myself, thousands of miles every year, two lane backroads, me and Garmin and my maps and my notes and my music.
I still have a phobia of becoming lost, but I am more afraid of being trapped, limited, by my fear.
Make art about what it means to be lost.
1 June 2017
Make art about what’s being bought and paid for.
2 June 2017
Make art about the decline of an empire.
20 May 2017
Sewing without a pattern, a night gown I’ve wanted to attempt for months, but kept scaring myself out of trying.
Make art about attempting something you’ve been scared to try.
21 May 2017
Make art about making moments of peace among the tumult.
16 April 2017
“He fought because he actually felt safer fighting than running.”
– Richard Adams
It’s hard to empathize with the combative life attitude until we look below the surface and see it’s a protective mechanism, meant to combat the anxiety produced from a world perceived as hostile. The need to fight is really just a signal of deep fear.
Make art about the fear driving combative people, or about understanding and forgiving them.
21 March 2017
Make art about Love as subversive.
22 March 2017
Make art about fearlessness.
What are you afraid of? Make art about what you fear.
1 December 2016
On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver’s order to give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled.
Make art inspired by this, about doing what’s right.
Thinking on how it wasn’t all that long ago that it was my Irish ancestors that many people wanted out of the country, saw as less than human, thought they were taking their jobs, hated for their faith and their culture.
Make art about fear and exclusion.