Musings and Ramblings
The completed erasure:
"This is a story lingering at the end of love she might drown in discernible chemistry like their old love old grievances obligated to momentum spontaneously uncharacteristically spending time to fall apart”

The completed erasure:

"This is a story lingering at the end of love
she might drown in discernible chemistry like their old love old grievances
obligated to momentum
spontaneously uncharacteristically spending time to fall apart”

Recently in my comparative literature class we’ve been discussing erasures. If you haven’t ran across that term before Mary Ruefle wrote an interesting essay on it titled On Erasure, which I’m holing up in picture one. One of the examples we got to look at in class is Nets by Jen Bervin.

On the same day we discussed erasures in depth in COLT I got responses back for my short story in advanced creative writing. Which is awesome! As any writer knows you need to get feedback from people in order to make your piece as good as it can be, and it needs to be honest, critical feedback — the kind of feedback that really doesn’t give a fuck about your feelings but just wants you to do it better. So I love this. I was high off the workshop — hearing people asking questions and puzzling over aspects of the story that I hadn’t realized weren’t clear enough and expressing what they wished they had seen in the story and what they thought it could do with out, etc.

So I’m reading through the responses after class and I come across one which is particularly critical. Which is fine. Only this response gives me nothing to work with. The writer didn’t point me towards questions they had, word choices that were confusing, things that weren’t clear. They expressed that they found the story boring, the characters dull and without chemistry, the whole thing rather pointless. As the author I’m mostly like “OK, cool. But why? …Oh, you’re not going to tell me why? You’re not actually going to give me something I can use to fix these problems?” Which weren’t problems for anyone else (though very few people read it the way I had intended, so I still need to fix that) but that’s totally beside the point.

What the point is, is that this person very clearly felt that their time was wasted by having to read my story. In turn, I felt like my time was wasted by having to read their “response.” But, seeing as I find this whole “eye for an eye” thing to be a whole lot of crap (it leaves the whole world blind, y’all) I decided to make something awesome with that response instead of tossing it into recycling.

I decided to experiment with erasure on it.

And I’m having a whole lot of fun doing so.

Usually I post writing type things, or try to, but this here is all about the visual arts - specifically the process of one artist that I’ve had the pleasure of working with on a number of occasions, Sarah Sedwick (http://sarahsedwick.com/). If you love art or as fascinated with artists as I am, you should definitely take a look.

Even from the perspective of a writer I think this is an interesting piece. The artistic process described here isn’t really all that different from the processes I’m constantly going through with my writing, especially in recent months - they just manifest in different ways. No artist, regardless of their medium, can afford to look at their work with anything other than other the most critical of eyes - that is, if they’re serious about pursuing the art and improving their own skills and their product (and really, if we’re going to be putting it out there, we ought to want it to be as good as we can make it). We all have to take steps back, tweak, re-tweak, scrape the canvas, try again, and, on occasion, say “rules are meant to be broken.”

So there you go - a really well written piece about an amazing artist and wonderful woman that sheds a little insight on some of the creative processes we’re all muddling through. Hope you enjoy. :)

rokkatru:

Glut - Daughter of Muspell by ~WintersKnight

Glut is considered in some circles to be the very first wife of Loki. Her name means glow, and they have two daughters whose names mean Ashes and Ember. This leads me to think she’s definitely one of the fire Jotun, so I drew her accordingly. Also, due to her being his first wife, one might consider that that must have been a VERY long time ago. Hence all the awesome spirals. Yep.

rokkatru:

Glut - Daughter of Muspell by ~WintersKnight

Glut is considered in some circles to be the very first wife of Loki. Her name means glow, and they have two daughters whose names mean Ashes and Ember.

This leads me to think she’s definitely one of the fire Jotun, so I drew her accordingly. Also, due to her being his first wife, one might consider that that must have been a VERY long time ago. Hence all the awesome spirals. Yep.

Dentata by ~TahniJNikitins
The World by ~TahniJNikitins
Vagina art for the Vagina Monologues.

The World by ~TahniJNikitins

Vagina art for the Vagina Monologues.

Humanoid by ~TahniJNikitins
Talia - character sketch by ~TahniJNikitins
Moar character sketches!

Talia - character sketch by ~TahniJNikitins

Moar character sketches!

Two Sharks by ~TahniJNikitins