Dear Friend, Peruser, Troll, Artist, Con-man, You Whoever You Are,
If you are reading this, I must assume curiosity has brought you here. So I will try to sate that curiosity without boring you. We, Miss Kittredge and I, two fledgling artists, have established this blog because we have found ourselves at what Ira Glass, so aptly named, “the gap.” Please, allow me to quote him, as he says it far better than I could:
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
― Ira Glass
We are fighting together; holding each other responsible for pushing through, because frankly, life can at times be a rabid, messy, bitch and the debris she leaves us to shoulder can be too much to carry alone. We are going through a transition, to not only move forward as artists, but hopefully rewrite ourselves and come out the other side as stronger and better people (a lifelong goal, I know). We are at a stage of Liminality.
“In anthropology, liminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning “a threshold”) is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rituals, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete. During a ritual’s liminal stage, participants “stand at the threshold” between their previous way of structuring their identity, time, or community, and a new way, which the ritual establishes.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liminality)
This blog is our threshold and our ritual. You are more than welcome here, if you are interested, wish us luck.
Two “bad-ass” ladies,
Allison & Alex