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.

Feb 18, 2010

something for free. because it matters.

thinking about Ana C. and the poems that are dying today.
thinking about how totally beautiful that is.
thinking about how much i appreciate all the poets who took part.
thinking about reproduction and repetition and rosaries.
thinking about valentines.
thinking that valentines are memento mori... or at least they should be... at least sometimes.
thinking about moths having 3 life-cycles.
thinking about print on demand.
what about "print as needed"
what about "break in case of emergency"
thinking about metaphors.
thinking about multiple readings, multiple experiences, multiple ways of seeing.
thinking about how, when, why (if) an artwork is activated.
thinking about printmaking as it pertains to all these things.
thinking if art could talk, what would it say?
thinking about 'death of the author'.
thinking about 'from work to text'
thinking about you and what you might need. or simply, what you might want.
thinking about myself.
thinking about having a good hard long laugh.
thinking about the difference between a promise, a threat, an oath, a charge, a call, a need, a dare, a mode, an ethic.
thinking about all these things as i was painting moths and cutting them out and i was thinking about poetry and how it's everywhere and how great that is.
thinking about definitions and how to make them bigger, wider, deeper, more inclusive, more better.
thinking about mortality.
thinking about what a short time we've got.
thinking about me and you.
thinking about me and you.
thinking about responsibility.

responsibility, pride, resilience, respect, and love.

thinking about bravery.

thinking about possibility.

open edition, print on demand/need, wood cut
angela simione, 2010

is this a broadside? is this a valentine? is this a subtitle? a promise, a threat, a challenge, a failure, a tribute, a code? is it a retort?

and if art, if poetry, is activated when it's being looked at, when it's being read... then it can't be dead. as long as you've got your eyes on it, it's alive. if it was dead, it's resurrected every single time it's paid any attention at all, every single time you even think about it.

and so...

link it all up, girl. 'print on demand' becomes 'print as needed'. wide open. an edition based on need. a nebulous thing. fun and wonderful and necessary. read it any way you want. read it any way you need. let the reading shift as you do. let the work be what it is, whatever it is.

and so...

based on need. the activation of art. the multiple readings underscored by the fact that this is printmaking, an art form dedicated to the multiple. print as needed is correct. you need one? send me an email. angelasimione (at) aol (dot) com . or use the gmail account up there to the right if you prefer. no matter. print as needed. print as wanted. read as needed. read as wanted. right now only one has been printed. the one i needed/wanted. i'll print as many as are needed/wanted. they will be signed and numbered with a question mark.

this is for free. for now. for today.

and i cannot guarantee that your mailman isn't a jerk and won't bend it either.

after that, i can guarantee safe delivery because it'll be for sale in my shop (for like 20 bucks or something since it's an open addition) and, since i'm a good business woman, i make sure my art-loving customers are happy.

until then (which is very soon) get it while you can, while it's hot, and while it's free.

p.s. tell your friends. they might need/want this.


Kate Zambreno said...

oh i want one!

angela simione said...

yay! you got it! email me whatever address you want it shipped to. :)

Krissy said...

May I have one too? Thank you.

angela simione said...

hello doll! of course! let me know where you'd like it sent. yay! :)

angelasimione (at) aol (dot) com

ana c. said...

yes yes yes

angela simione said...

YAY ANA!!!! :D

Radish King said...

Yep. I totally need one.

angela simione said...

i was hoping you would. ;) YAY!

Cami said...

So beautiful, the post, and the creation. I've sent you an e-mail-- I have a definite need. Thank you so much, Angela.

angela simione said...

YAY CAMI!!!! you are completely welcome! it is my absolute honor. :)

Cami said...

This resonates with me in ways I could not begin to explain. I'm so grateful. :)

angela simione said...

you've got me smiling so big! that is perfect! i am grateful to be able to supply it. truly.

(the angry/proud resistence implied in this peice has a very personal root... )

brittany wallace said...

this is wonderful!

emailing you.

angela simione said...

yay! thanks brittany! welcome to The Resistance. hahahaha!