Artists Make Art: Personal Stories - July 2016

©2016 Trudy | Drift Sojourn

©2016 Trudy | Drift Sojourn

July was an interesting month for me in terms of the art that I created because I did some stuff that I did not originally plan yet other things that have been on my calendar for a while were somewhat pushed to the back burner. I had intended to finish a couple of publications by July, but then I decided that I do not have to rush to complete those things (other than for needed income, of course; I mean emotionally/creatively). I once made an eBook in 2 days. Literally. At the same time, there are some eBooks and other publications that I work on just a little each month and I will not publish them until later in 2016 or 2017. I want to pause sometimes and at least enjoy my work itself since I do not have the luxury of enjoying the context (primarily because of how a lot of social media is awful) in which I share this work, as an aspect of income/survival. Let me at least enjoy the process if I do not enjoy the post-publication circumstances, right?

In July I created: 

  • More photographs to be the artwork within my upcoming subject-specific digital anthologies of Gradient Lair. Each anthology will focus on a particular topic that I wrote about while the space was active from 2012 to 2015. I designed the base cover this year; the photographs that I select for each subject-specific anthology will change depending on the subject, while the cover remains the same.  Sometime in the future, the anthologies will be available in Publications here, and on an anthology link on Gradient Lair itself.  This project is taking longer than I anticipated, but I am not rushing it at all, even mentally anymore. It is emotionally difficult to revisit some of these topics in of themselves and because some of this older content is still being plagiarized or exploited regularly. (i.e. I recently politely confronted someone about this and they actually modified all of their work to reflect my work as its source and what my work has meant to some particular womanist/Black feminist development in the age of social media. I was...surprised. It is pretty rare that someone responds to me ethically about their actions that start unethically in origin. Go figure. Usually it is mocking, abuse and more plagiarism as the response, as people claw and climb for "status," but on the backs of unaffiliated Black women who are creators.)

I created this space last December to bring my personal, professional, and creative thoughts, ideas and work together; Gradient Lair (Black women and art, media, social media, sociopolitics and culture; womanism), Drift Sojourn (food, travel, lifestyle and macro photography) and Cinemacked (entertainment, aesthetics and sociopolitics of good film and television). At the end of each month I share an Artists Make Art post to discuss what I created that month. In JanuaryFebruaryMarchApril, and May, I shared posts similar to this one. In June, I mentioned accountability for my work since there is no one to tell me what to do as an indie creator; I simply have to get it done. At the same time, I have to balance my own self-care and creative process over time. It is never "I must do this" or "I 'never' feel like doing that" but balancing life somewhere in between these opposing poles.

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