Before I get too far into the ideas buzzing about my head, I’ve been trying to get caught up on the terribly unsexy work of documentation, including this:
Click the image to see this spring’s contributions to the Postcard Collective
As both involve long hours looking at a computer and fiddling with what feels like insignificant changes in color correction and transition timing, I’ve been dragging my feet to do it and all the way through it. BUGH. More updates and exciting things to come. Just as soon as I go play outside a bit more. And also read another chapter in this book…
click the image to find out more about these sensual spacebabez.
Website updated! Website updated! Curious about what I was doing the later half of 2013? Go check it out. If there’s one lesson I can take away from 2013 it’s to either document as I go or to save up 20 episodes of This American Life for the two times a year I do update everything. (On a related note- any recommendations for a good, streaming radio program one could listen to while doing such tedius tasks as website updating, dishes doing or rug making? I’ve just about exhausted the TAL and RadioLab archives.)
You also may have noticed, if you’ve been here before, that things have changed around here as well- In an effort to simplify and clean everything up a bit, I went ahead and deleted the pages that were serving as a makeshift portfolio in years past. Looking for art? Click on the links above or go to www.catlynch.com– that’s where it’s all going to live from now on.
I’ve also changed up the header and tagline to be a bit more intentionally generic. After the few weeks of private and public existential crises, I’ve decided 2014 will be a year of experimentation here- instead of trying to figure out what this strange nook of internet is for RightNow, I’m going to give myself permission to not give a shit about what I give a shit about this year. My only goal is to write, and to write often. Both online and off, for the past six months I’ve felt the ever suffocating weight of writer’s block- in large part because the longer I wait to write anything, the more loaded and precious it feels like the next thing has to be. So forget that- good writing, bad writing, relevant and global, inward and navel gazing- nonfiction, fiction, a grey area between the two- funny writing, sad writing, absolutely vanilla writing- reviews, how to’s and interviews- writing I’m proud of and total crapola.
And now, the semi-regular New Year’s nod to Miss O’Hara.
The Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum’s extended hours were a huge success! Over the course of seven hours, our new wing was filled with amazing new artifacts. Our associate, Will Foster, presented a series of engaging and informative workshops, we diversified our audience (with both human and non-human visitors) and continued to further our mission of engaging visitors directly with the environment.
A huge thank-you to all who supported the museum- though we’ve once again closed our doors, the memory will continue to live on.
A full photographic account will be available soon, however in the mean time, please enjoy this selection of images that were taken and published (via instagram) during the museum’s brief life.
Click above to see the collection thus far
We at the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum are committed to the ideas of sharing knowledge, inspiring curiosity and celebrating that which makes Northam Park, and its residents, unique. To this end we are offering a series of visitor driven workshops, free and open to the public, both to attend and to lead.
Do you have knowledge that you’d like to share? A skill that can be taught in 15 minutes or less? Would you like 15 minutes of Grandview’s attention? Maybe you just need a line on your resumé? If any or all or some combination of these is true, then this is your chance! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below to sign up to lead a workshop at the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum. (Please note, all workshop leaders will be required to furnish their own equipment. At this time the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum does not have electircal access.)
The 2013 workshop schedule is as follows:
September 2nd, 2013
10:30a – 10:45a
11:30a – 11:45a12:30p – 12:45p
1:30p – 1:45p
2:30p – 2:45p
3:30p – 3:45p
4:30p – 4:45p
I look forward to working with all of you!
Director, the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum
the Northam Park Natural Art and History Museum is brought to you in part by the North American Pseudohistorical Society
Have you been losing sleep at night because you were in the desert last fall and unable to attend ‘For Theirs is an Empire of Memory’ ? Do you love postcards? If either or both of these are true, then you’re in luck! Eight remnants from ‘At-one’ (my contribution to the Empire of Memory) will be on display in the first ever Postcard Collective Invitational Exhibition.
This could be your hand!
The exhibition, at The Florence Quater Gallery at Southwest University of Visual Arts, will be up from September 6th through October 11th and will feature work by six collective artists (including yrs truly) and the entire collection to date- nearly 300 postcards.
Like Jacinda’s Cloud Pool, remnants of ‘At-one’ get to visit Arizona before I do-
Maybe they’ll send us POSTCARDS?
By some crazy alignment of planets, I actually managed to get all of my submissions for this season’s postcard exchange done AND done early. This may or may not be related to the fact that 90% of the process could be done while watching a movie….Or the fact that I’m basically outsourcing the other artists in the exchange to do my job for me.
Click on the image to see the rest of it…
In all truth, with this season’s exchange being ‘Exchange,” I wanted to create something that would facilitate a further and more personal exchange between the other artists and I. Originally I had thought of exchanging seeds (since it is that time of the year when I want to spend every minute sticking things in dirt and watching plantmagic), however a brief google search led me to the conclusion that doing so, outside the US was Not Okay. While thinking outloud about this problem, a very smart friend of mine suggested dirt and it was a total AHA moment.
I’ve been researching mourning, death rituals and funerals at work* and immediately my mind went to Antigone.What has always struck me as most poignant is the way destiny depends on what one woman does with dirt. It’s past my bedtime** so I’ll try not to wax too poetic here, but damn- what a great image; honor, divine justice, life, death, the very workings of fate itself all held in a handful of dust.
More images to come as people (hopefully) send their own sacrifices in.
Also, a sneak peek into my very fancy photo studio:
What? The light’s best in there!
*For real and it is awesome.
Well mostly I’ve been here in Ohio.
Though I did take a brief escape to IN to soak in the magic-yness of my parents’ garden
Doing what? The usual summer flurry of Calls For Entry: grants, shows, etc. (yawn).
(while also pondering the next Postcard Collective exchange…)
Embarking on new collaborative art adventures…
(with moral support from the cats, of course)
Making new friends…
Preparing for new Adventures in the World of Gainful Employment.
And speaking of adventures;
Enjoying the weekly adventure of veggie surprises every week from our CSA from Rock Dove Farms
which has led to some culinary adventuring for Boyfriend and I.
I’ve also thinking. A lot. About. Monsters, and things that go ‘bump’ in the night–
-while cataloging my own fears/anxieties in an ‘Encyclopedia Apocalyptica
It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Have you heard? It’s summer.
which means, among other things, cheap movie nights, cold Oberon, late night ice cream walks, reading whole books in one sitting and plenty of sunshine (excluding the wonderful gloom hanging over today)