these texts are an archive of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area from march 2007 - march 2015. it stands as a record of close to a decade of my life, charting the struggles i faced as an artist, daughter, and lover. messy and chaotic at times, eloquent and poetic at others, these texts are an index i am proud of. it was here in this electric box that i learned how to be honest about my experiences and the person i needed to become. it was here that i first learned the truism that words make the world and how to trust such a beautiful, rife, hard fact.

thank you for meeting me here in such tall grass.

my artist website is here.

Oct 21, 2008


last night before bed, i spread out a small collection of drawings and paintings i've done over the passed few weeks and was really pleased with what i saw-
there is such a solid direction and cohesiveness to this work that i guess i was entirely unaware of until seeing a few grouped together.

24" x 17 3/4"
oil on canvas

my investigation of the need for protection and the pleasure of safety are leading me to see the new poetry that is born inside trauma and fragmentation... the loss we tolerate when we put up fences and wondering where i can find the space to build a site of hope within all this obsessive seperation and fear...

untitled haven
9 3/4" x 6 1/4"
mixed media collage

of course, we need fences but when do we stop building them? where is the guideline that we can turn to and say, "oops! one too many, let's take that last one down. we've lost too much."

all my cages were empty
5" x 5"
ink on torn book page

sometimes the desire for protection doesn't rise from a healthy place. in the case of the edited document, it's a need for protection from embarrassment and an unwanted, damaging exposure. it hides information angrily... maliciously... a sign of the corruption of the one who wields the big black marker.

Anonymous Girls study
7 1/2" x 5 1/2"
ink on paper

but i'm trying to find beauty anyway... these delicate phrases that remain in spite of the obliteration i've done to them.

dust flower
8 1/4" x 5 1/4"
acrylic on book page

how gorgeous is the fragmented phrase "a dust flower". stunning. poetic. destruction and loss turned against itself.

the penalty (detail)
13" x 10"
mixed media collage

i feel like i'm on the right track.


Wende said...

I think you are on the right track! Such beautiful work.

angela simione said...

wende, thank you so much! :) YAY!