Day 51 – June 25th – The “Real” World

Collage and Ink on Paper.

After returning from my most recent trip, my mother said something to me that I have been thinking about since. She said, “It must have been nice to be in the real world for a little while.”

Yes. It was. And I started thinking about the phrase “welcome to the ‘real’ world’ – almost always referring to the work/responsibility/bill-paying part of our lives. I thought about what Mom had said … about the real world. The Real real world. The one where you have the time to get in touch with and pay attention to what is truly important. This is not the world of working at a job you don’t love, being responsible to a list of things you don’t feel connected to, or paying bills for things you could honestly go without.

I spent the better part of the day thinking about the balance between the synthetic work-world we create and the REAL real world. I felt the weight of both, and I understand the need for both.  For me, the synthetic world of work is necessary and appreciated as a means to enjoy the real world. As the clock counted down until the time I had to go to work, I daydreamed about the real world (via Google earth and my new Cambodia travel guide).

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    I have been influenced by the "100 day challenge", or the "100 days of summer" that creative people continually participate in. In such a project, an artist, photographer, videographer, writer, etc. will create one thing everyday for 100 days in a row. This summer, I have decided to launch my own creative challenge that draws from this premise. I have sent out requests for addresses of all the people who are important to my life in one way or another. Instead of choosing an arbitrary number, such as 100, I have decided to make something creative everyday for as many days as there are addresses of people who have influenced my life, and in turn, influenced my art. Each day I will make something new and different and, at random, pull one of these names from a box. The item for the day will be mailed to that person. If they choose to participate in this collaborative project, I ask that they change, alter, add to, or respond to the item I have sent in any way they like. Each day I will photograph and post the item to be mailed out. When I receive them back, I will update that day’s post with a photo of the finished collaborative piece. The thumbnail for posts that have been updated will show a red triangle in the top right corner.

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