After a lot of work, sleepless nights, vision malfunctions and coding meltdowns I am delighted to announce that www.anastasiaparmson.com is now up and running and I can go back to having a social life again! Yay! Please visit, share, like, add to your bookmarks, visit again… From now on this is also the home of my blog and will replace the page you are on.
In parallel with the website I am also re-launching my Facebook page, which has ben freshly re-vamped to feature some of the older works as well as running art-related updates and commentary. Please join in if you haven’t yet!
Here is a time lapse of the wall drawing progress for my solo show in Rundum Artist-Run Space in Tallinn. It is a drawing of the Sea Shepherd ship M/V Bob Barker based on a beautiful photo taken by Jo-Anne McArthur (We Animals). The whole process only took something like 7 hours and several marker re-fills. I was extremely happy to be able to do this; drawing on walls is incredibly fun and hopefully I can repeat the experience again soon! If it was up to me I’d be doing a lot more drawing on walls, filling whole rooms with drawings in fact, a little like Charlotte Mann who draws furniture and decorations and even parquet floors! There are so many intricate details in her work, it is just mind boggling. Perhaps one day I will have a blank-canvas room all to myself to fill with a linear world…
My long-awaited LEDs did arrive on Monday but turned out to be a completely wrong colour compared to the previous ones, making the pictures look purple. So yesterday I had to travel far and wide and visit parts of Tallinn I didn’t even know existed to find more-or-less suitable LED lights for the new light boxes. The problem with living in Estonia as opposed to Asia is that people don’t yet appreciate the tremendous greatness of LED lighting and thus they are A) not readily available on every corner and B) not affordable at all. Because I was desperate and didn’t have time to order more lights from China I had to pay more than 10 times (!) the price I would normally pay per meter of light strip. I will put this experience behind me as a big lesson and next time will order a mountain of lights from Asia to be sure I have enough for any situation. Now let’s not talk about it ever again.
Instead here’s a little sneak-peak of the mural I have prepared for tomorrow’s exhibition opening. I am so happy I got to finally experience drawing on walls and I love it! If I could I’d do just that all day long: drawing on walls, on paper, on everything that crosses my path!!
The wall drawing took me about 7 hours to finish and used up the entire marker nib along with several ink re-fills. But that’s okay because when looking for the perfect tool for the job I discovered the amazing company called Molotow that makes re-fillable markers with inter-changeable and replaceable tips. They have the right attitude toward sustainability and a great product range so I am happy to give them a big shout-out.
I’ll post more photos of the drawing process as soon as the major running around and preparations are done with!
Big Glove (Ship Life series) – drawing in a light box, Anastasia Parmson 2013
Here is a sneaky-peaky of one of my light boxes (with Tallinn city lights in the background)! This one is called “Big Glove”, it is part of a series of light box drawings entitled “Ship Life” that retrace moments of my time spent onboard one of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships in the Antarctic waters. This work could perhaps evoke the bleak and cold environment of the Southern Ocean with its snow-white shiny backdrop and the images reduced to a bare minimum.
Between assembling the boxes, getting some other artworks printed and encountering various technical difficulties in-between all that I am also putting together an exhibition project for a freshly opened artist-run space Rundum situated in the old town of Tallinn. As well as doing research on some upcoming juried shows and open calls; meeting new interesting people from the local art world; slowly putting together my website… Interesting times!
Have you ever had trouble figuring out what to write in your artist statement and the deadline for sending it off is in half an hour? Ever heard of such thing as an Artist Statement Generator? Well, don’t go deleting your drafts just yet, but for a little procrastination break and some laughs they can definitely be of good value. And who knows, you might even get some ideas or cool words out of them.
The first one is a project called 500 Letters created by Jasper Rigole in response to a curator asking him to send a statement of 100 words or 500 letters as quickly as possible. Here is the ‘first letter’ that he responded with. The generated text is relatively long and not too personalized, full of ‘big’ words (which was probably completely intentional). The funny (or sad?) part is that the generated statement could very well be copy-pasted by an artist and presented as the ‘real deal’ and many people wouldn’t know any better
The second generator is more concise and easily modified to suit your needs. It is no less or more of a joke than the previous example but in this case the joke is a lot more obvious. At first glance the outcome seemed rather absurd but after a little tweaking I think I actually managed to generate a statement that might not be far from the truth. The best thing about this 10gallon generator is that it reminds us artists that our statements should not always be too serious – a little humor never hurt anyone.
Here is what my generated statement looks like:
Through my work I attempt to examine the phenomenon of line drawing as a metaphorical interpretation of both Warhol and anonymity. What began as a personal journey of depressionism has translated into images of architecture and faces that resonate with caucasian people to question their own whiteness. My mixed media drawings embody an idiosyncratic view of in-betweenness, yet the familiar imagery allows for a connection between Mona Lisa, pop culture and yourself. My work is in the private collection of Oprah who said ‘Holy shizzles!, that’s some real exponential Art.’
I am a recipient of a grant from Folsom Prison where I served time for stealing mugs and tie clips from the gift shop of The MoMa. I have exhibited in group shows at Starbucks and Apollonia, though not at the same time. I currently spend my time between my kitchen and Berlin.
I think this absurd statement actually has a lot of truth in it regarding my work. I also think Andy Warhol would have loved the idea and is probably turning around in his grave for not having thought of it himself. Have you ever experimented with any artist statement generators? What were the results? I would love to see what came out of it so please feel free to share a link in the comments!
After reading and hearing so much about how great it is to have a blog I thought perhaps the Universe is trying to tell me something so I decided to jump right in.
Recently I have really been concentrating on making lots of new drawings. Drawing is great, it’s like an exercise in zen meditation and ultimate concentration all at once. Most of my drawings are based on photographs I have taken and edited myself. What has amazed me most lately is that even after photographing a scene and then post-processing it – staring at it for quite a while – there are still details in the pictures that I only notice once I start drawing it. Like for example the mysterious pair of shoes on the bench in the picture above… Drawing really makes me see things differently, in minute detail, and these unexpected surprises make the process that much more rewarding.