summer 2000 Vol 2 #1
Do we want a world of corporate sterility? Where the events are predictable and each town is the same? Or should we live in a world touched by our hands and the individuality of the soul, where each town is a reflection of the people who live there and not a mirror image of orders handed down the corporate ladder?
Eating Art is a newsletter that will be a laxative for my aesthetic thought bowels. It might be at times an unsheathing of the sword of words.
I originally began this newsletter with the winter of 95-96 issue and mailed it out to around 16 artists and craftspeople under the alias Oliver Day Night. I knew that I might be writing about controversial topics and I wanted to be totally anonymous about it, to create a regional dialog.
Four issues later I was mailing it out to 60 people and organizations, had a mailing address in Saranac Lake so that people could write back to me and was just beginning to print responses.
Something must have happened to me in the spring of 97 because there were no further issues. I really don't know why I stopped. I know that in the summer of 97 I began to have difficulties creatively which resulted in my not doing any artwork for two years.
I went through an identity crises which revolved around my gallery and the fact that I was working in Sue's pottery full time. The expanded business was taking a lot of time and both Sue and I realized that we were now more in the merchant role that ever before.
I also felt that I was in the Pottery Studio Assistant role more than ever before. I reached a point where I was overwhelmed with creative urges and no way to express them. I was afraid to try something for fear of failure. I was in a crises.
In the summer of 98 I read and followed the projects in "The Artists Way" by Julia Cameron. I began drawing in sketch pads again and then over the winter of 98 - 99 a group of friends and I did "The Artists Way" as a group project.
And that changed my life.
I don't mind saying that I really needed help to get me out of the funk that I was in. So this group of friends shared life that winter and as a result I began to work out my creativity again.
I actually re-discovered myself in a much better light than I ever shined in before.
It all began
with the Winter of 1995-96 issue where I wrote my opinions of the current state of Craft Shows. I wrote about the responsibility of Art in society and how I wanted to experience it.
The next issue in the Spring of 1996 my writing gets somewhat militant and I am amused now at my thoughts in that time. They still hold true for me though.
In the Summer of 1996 I wrote about having passion for interest in the arts, new ideas for the arts community and an argument for individualism.
My last issue of lets say the first volume was the Autumn Winter of 1996-97 where I wrote about the responses from readers, the Guerrilla Girls, and Olivers Observations about women.
There lay the links of my past issues of Eating Art perhaps you'll find the time to read them.
I have some topics I want to write about and I will plan an autumn winter 2000 issue, I will accept pieces written for Eating Art as I did during the very last issue