Are you the kind of people that takes the first day of the year as a fresh start and make plans for what lies ahead, or are you looking back at the year that's gone thinking of all the unfinished projects and wasted time. I am both, it's a little of the half empty, half full glass syndrome. I don't know if I should feel like I'm on top of the mountain looking down both sides, having a bird's eye view of my life, or if I'm in the valley between the two mountains of the years, preparing myself for the long hike up January, who feels like a month long Monday.
It was difficult to make a decision for this, so I made two pieces for this topic. The first one is a happy one, the espresso glass in the starbucks card looks more like a baileys shot and the stars (a favorite icon for me these past months) give it a festive feel. It's made in a starbucks card (yes, another one, but don't worry...I'm all out now!) and I will be leaving this here in Mexico this week before I go back home to North Carolina and my very thirsty plants.
Today I visited my great grandmother at the cemetery and as I stood there looking at the colorful plastic flowers, I realised how lucky I am to be still above ground. I wish to keep this feeling this whole year.
The second piece is made in a Tarot card, and these to me are a little scary and need nothing altered to have my respect. I bought a used deck and I imagine it belonged to a gypsy woman that looks like Stevie Nicks in the Fleetwood Mac video of "gypsy" who read them in a carnivale before having all her stuff stolen and ending up in a Paris bazaar, where I bought them to a guy with a mole in his nose, along with some other scary stuff. I used a disposable camera lens in the angel's eyes to make them look bigger so they'll seem like their looking closely at you, and added some paint. I love using peso bills in my work and I had Don Lazaro Cardenas's face lying around my studio for some time, so he's a good person to judge, since he was Mexico's President a while ago and oh how he judged stuff.. he was the one who decided that Mexican Oil belong to Mexico (meaning the government) and how it changed the country...
happy new year
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