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Uncharted territory

I am starting to work in a way that I never have before and the development is a bit scary. In some cases, I am not even sure if the message will be clear. I am also having to dust off old skills to make the  photographs work, or at least convey something other than “the artist hasn’t got a clue.”

The DAPL crisis is one that I am exploring. The fact that water is less important than fracked oil is a point that our country should seriously consider, since without water, we don’t live. And, then, the point of oil would be what? So, I am referring to DAPL and pipelines in general, as a crisis.

The evacuation of the largest camp of protesters was sad. After several months of standing their ground at Standing Rock, they were forced to leave. They burnt down what was left of  the camp as a symbol of protest.

Working with Barbies and other 11″ dolls leads to imagery issues. The dolls have makeup on, for example. But, as I develop this final image and others, I hope that the message will be strong enough to supersede that.

Here’s the stage of development that I am at. The teepee needs to be stiffened. And, the story will be developed from here, as well.

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Change of pace

Artinsmallplaces originally was created to talk about other people’s stuff. In those days, I was mainly concerned about art which seemed to be popping up everywhere. I wanted to make sure the world knew where and when art could be seen in the area.

Today, I am more concerned about creating a viable alternative zine. Something that will provide interesting reading material for a vast cross-section of the population. This will also create a more arts-ready population (I think), so it serves the same purpose as it was originally intended.

I am also including the writing of contributors this time around. I plan on wearing more of the Editor-in-Chief hat than the writer/artist hat. I am hoping for quality work in both the written and the visual contributions and I encourage anyone who is interested to contact me with submissions. No queries are necessary. Though, since this is a start-up I will not be able to pay now, I hope as we grow the readership.advertising base, that will change. (I’d like to get paid too.)

Please feel free to contact me at artinsmallplaces@gmail.com with materials. I am open to discuss ideas that I think might not fit the “plan”, so you will not just get a flat “rejection” letter. I am an artist, too.invisible-storm

“Some of my Sisters”, ISIS and art

Art and politics works…sometimes. Most of the time, the art should be on the poster of the cause, and left there. But, not always.

I am of the mindset that political and social consciousness should be an underlying part, but hitting someone over the head with it…not my game.

I read an article yesterday in the Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/teenage-jihad-inside-the-world-of-american-kids-seduced-by-isis-20150325 This is incredibly chilling and scary.

It has obviously been brewing in my brain, because this was created today:

"Some of my Sisters", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mixed media on paper

“Some of my Sisters”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, mixed media on paper

I don’t need to swear, wave a tampon in your face, ask you to eat me, or whatever.

I need to make you think, and hard, about what ISIS is doing to “Some of my Sisters”. And, yours.