Write until blood drips down onto the keyboard

Writing is easy:  All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.  ~Gene Fowler

As we near the end of January 2011, the WordPress postaday challenge has me wondering what I want to accomplish. This blog isn’t just a blog. It’s an art diary. An online journal where I can say whatever I want and post whatever I want about something I’m extremely passionate about – Art.

Artists. Art history. Art theory. Art movements. Art making. Well, you understand.

Ah, nothing like a good comic to sum up a feeling, eh?

This morning, my girlfriend asked me what my intent was regarding this particular challenge, which made me think of what I want this to inevitably become. Originally, I was trying to imagine myself being contracted to write about art for an entire year (everyday). Of course, excluding the one liner posts (i.e., links to the Art Statement Generator 2000, etc.). Those, admittedly, are filler but can you blame me [insert cheeky grin here]? In any case, she brought up an excellent point about what is realistic. If I were an actual art writer, I probably wouldn’t be writing everyday (more like weekly, monthly, or on a quarterly basis). I, certainly, agree with her. I mean, let’s face it, I’m not going to publish something on a completely polished and esoteric EVERYDAY.

However, I can post something everyday that gives readers a glimpse into the person I am. The art writer I want to become as well as the thought process when it comes to looking and experiencing art.

I love the fact she’s worried about me putting extreme pressure on myself and I worry too because writing should come naturally and without restraint (well, maybe a little bit for good writing measure). No blood dripping involved. I read a lot of other art critics and writers and I notice that some of my favorites writers write much more sparingly about the deep stuff. Duly noted. January is almost up and after a month of doing this everyday, I can tell you that I will definitely push through 2011 and show as much dedication as I possibly can to my independent studies of Art (everyday).

Lastly and most importantly, if I haven’t thanked you, dear reader, I wanted to take the time to say thank you for witnessing my growth. Here’s hoping all this effort in 2011 will throw some amazing opportunities my way.

Yours truly,

E/IC Art Writer

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Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She serves as one of the editors-in-chief for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and SF MOMA's Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (2016). She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship. She also serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.

2 thoughts on “Write until blood drips down onto the keyboard”

  1. “I can post something everyday that gives readers a glimpse into the person I am. The art writer I want to become as well as the thought process when it comes to looking and experiencing art.”

    Yes! And I think that’s a very worthwhile endeavor.

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