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.

Aug 22, 2010

2 things

it would behove me (and every artist on the planet) to remember:

"The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time."

~John Stuart Mill


we have fallen to a strange era, it seems, where politicking has replaced integrity. the affiliation, the cord between names is king.

silence quickly follows.

if artists don't risk being laughed at, shunned, who will? if artists don't speak frankly about injustices, large and small, who will? if artists don't stick to their guns, who will? who will inspire others to investigate this world, unearth the abandoned ethics, search for meaning, create meaning, give us all a reason to fight, and believe that life isn't pointless? if artists can't be brave, who can be?

since the time of the renaissance, it has ceased to be in the job description for an artist to do what they are told. we work for no king other than King Art itself.

i've said it once and i'll say it again because I need to hear it and maybe other artists do to:

integrity is NOT a rear-guard notion.


Marylinn Kelly said...

Angela, I will return for your newest post when I have time and sufficient have been working hard. "That so few dare to be eccentric..." I am guilty of trying, from time to time, to pass for normal. Hahaha, as if that has ever worked. It may be that we are all crazy cat ladies only instead of a house full of cats, our burlap sacks are stuffed with quirky notions and edgy attitudes and will never be mistaken for anything else. Here is to your courage and the courage we find in our midst.

angela simione said...

marylinn, i'd love to know your thoughts on the newest post whenever you have a spare moment. it is a BIGGUN, for sure. ha!

i am very very VERY guilty of trying to pass for normal and the expense has been too great. i am trying to rev up for something way more honest and way more beautiful. :) i hope to find some courage along the way.