ok, So maybe a hat a week was a little ambitious. With 12 hour work days and setting up house, (just moved) it’s been tough to get into a groove. 52 is the number, still. 52 headdresses in however long it takes me, (asap).
This sucker beast concept evolved from a painting I did last year:
(see black canvass..) I liked the ambiguity of the figure-dress itself as well as the idea of an entity sucking on your dome to live/exist.
I dug the body of the one in the painting early on, so I decided to do another sketch and see what could become of it:
so far, things are going well. I’m allowing the piece to transform as i progress through the different stages of it’s creation:
For those of you who don’t know me,
I’m Maxine Hwang Blomberg. Supreme Visual Artist.
After a good 2 years of sketching, I’ve decided to challenge myself to actually bring my designs to life. I’ll do my best to create a headdress a week using all of my spare time in between my day job, (I manage a small, quirky, but lovable cafe in the south end.) and squeezing as much satisfaction out of life as humanly possible.
The reason why I need venture on this artistic endeavor is because I really, really want to. There is nothing in life that I have found that gives me more satisfaction than to watch the evolution of the way I see/interpret consciousness. I’m as vain as they come in that regard. Constantly thinking of MY self. I’m fascinated by what becomes important, what ceases to be so in my everyday life and in my Supreme art. When creating, I’m adept enough to achieve visual interpretations for inexplicable base feelings that are tailored to my consciousness, but I believe these are feelings that every human being has experienced.
Every human has the capacity to appreciate and create art because all of it, (even the art you think is shit), is tackling the human condition. your condition. We are all of us flawed. It is so important as a culture that we do not lose curiosity about our personal selves and it baffles me that more and more art programs are being cut all over the country. Could there be a link between the cuts and the rise in child depression? How are kids supposed live actively inside a human society if they don’t have the opportunity to learn of their own awareness as a human? Visual art, all artistic interpretation aides in that journey.
This is partly why as an artist, I want to push the boundaries between artist and viewer aside and make art approachable again for anyone. The interactive headdress is the perfect physical representation of the celebration of human consciousness. What makes me and you so great is if I can pique the interest of other consciousnesses, then my work can take on several different meanings throughout it’s lifetime. Amalgamating consciousness helps take us to the future and evolve as an artist. With your help, my work can evolve into something that lives and/or dies with every conscious interaction. (Think Carl Sagan:the cosmos).
I find I work better under guidelines and pressure. This is setting some for myself.
This year, I will persevere through 52 weeks of headdresses.