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.