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One Year

In Matthew Jensen, musings, process, rachel perry welty on December 31, 2011 at 18:03

It’s been one year since I started the Literary Diaspora.  It’s been a grand old time and I’ve been so excited about all of the stuff that I have received in the mail.  I am very thankful to all of the artists and authors who have engaged in my little art game.  Their work has been truly amazing and the results are beyond what I had dared to hope for. I was so lucky to have spent time again at the Macdowell Colony this past spring and I got great art cards back from the artists there.  Amazing.  Macdowell is also where I met my two conceptual art mentors, Rachel Perry Welty (from my first time there) and Matt Jensen.  Their encouragement and sage advice has been really important to me.  I was also very glad to have had the West Hollywood Book Fair do a little poster board of the diaspora at the festival this year.

I thought that I would reassess what my plan is with the project now that I’ve hit (minus one day) the one year mark.  The diaspora is my first art project.  But I was stymied by lack of money for many months and so felt that I couldn’t really do it with the 100% commitment that I had wanted.  That bummed me out.  I had trouble printing up cards or doing mailings.  Art is expensive!  I thought perhaps that I should extend the project by 6 months to make up for my 6 months of struggle.  But recently, when in NYC, I spoke with Matt Jensen and he said, “Why not just keep doing it indefinitely?  You are an author.  You are always going to have arty friend.  Just do it as something that you do.  Some of my projects take 5 years minimum.  Just keep it going.”

And with that simple conversation it was settled.  I will continue to do the diaspora for the very long foreseeable future.  And I am very excited about it.

So, authors!  Artists!  Check your mail boxes!  And also, if you haven’t sent your card back yet  you can send your card back to me any time for now it is perpetual and ongoing!!  And when things are scattered they sometimes take a long time to get back home.

Happy New Year.

Love, Cecil

Time Marches On

In artists, returned, Tony DiTerlizzi on December 28, 2011 at 11:20

 

artist – Tony DiTerlizzi

words given – Time Marches On

a tricky moment

In artists, returned, Ross Campbell on December 20, 2011 at 11:47

 

artist – Ross Campbell

words given – a tricky moment

Meg Wolitzer

In anna hollingsworth, authors, meg wolitzer, returned on December 15, 2011 at 16:17

 

Author – Meg Wolitzer

Card given – Parents by Anna Hollingsworth

 

text:

Ah, motherhood!  Mia Farrows iconic look is known to us all these years later…but when I myself had a baby, the true terror came not from devilry but from colic, a condition that curses adorable babes to scream and scream and scream, munch-like, essentially, until adolescence…

– M Wolitzer

 

 

 

Mountain View

In artists, Lisa Beebe, returned on December 12, 2011 at 12:35

artist – Lisa Beebe

words given – mountain view