i whispered it. did you hear it, internet? world? mum?
I've started my fair share of blogs in my life, as a person coming of age in the last 25 years, I'm old enough to barely remember the world before the internet was widely available (for the firstworldmiddleclass) and just old enough to take full advantage of it when my hormones were in full flux. If one were to do some digging (don't)(no one will, we all have our internet graveyard), you could find a blogger about lifestyle and ice cream, a myspace, my first online portfolio (angsty paintings! portraits of my friends!), a semi-active poetry blog, and my high school golf scores.
More recently, you can find me as a co-author here, my (update needed and forthcoming) artist website here, my poetry here, and my academic work here.
I don't think it needs saying (we'veallbeenthere) but I'm working to update my online presence, but I can't wait to start this until it's perfect. I need to jump right in.I need to get going.
What is this?
A space for independent and flexible writing about craft, ceramics, art, feminism, and the intersection of each.I will be posting as regularly as I can (no promises) as a means to build a body of writing about my research interests beyond my twitter feed (@maryminimally).It will include links, commentary, think pieces, and the odd academic paper, and artist interviews.
Oh, that! I'm pursuing my M.A. in (pause for the longest title ever) Visual Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories at OCAD University. This is colloquially known as CADN, and I'll probably slip into that occassionally (we're all friends here, right?).My thesis is focused on craftivism (that's a fun word, right?) in contemporary ceramics, whether the work is artistic, design, functional, etc, etc. It's all slippery. Dirt. Activism. You get it.
What should I expect?
Nothing! Everything! Be flexible with me, folks. I'm still very much learning and inprocess as far as being a human goes. I'm a pretty rigorous academic who is working to combine this voice with that. Lots of italics and parenthetical asides.I make up my own compound words.A deep, sparkly-eyed love of clay, art, and social justice.There will be posts that seem like poetry, and papers that sound like that poet's deeply academic, white, old uncle. I'm working on it.
Bear with me.
Bare with me.
I can never choose which one, because this will require patience and some intellectual undressing.
Let's do it.
Mary Callahan Baumstark is a maker, writer, and researcher with an M.A. in Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories from OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario. She is interested in trendspotting in contemporary ceramics and organizing socially engaged or activist projects. She is the current Resident Art Historian for the Socially Engaged Craft Collective.