Monday, August 13, 2012

A day off from reading...mostly...

My mentor from First Semester, Miss Rory Sparks, runs a print shop in Portland's industrial area, (, and today, my last full day in Portland for awhile, I decided to play with balloons.  I sat outside Em Space in the hot Oregon sun in half of a bikini, with a hot pink helium tank and a big smile, and greeted folks as they entered an exited the springwater corridor, a popular bike route.  Guys from the Ross Island Gravel company came out to chat, and generally it was a nice way to spend a brilliantly bright August afternoon. I shot video as well, possibly to sprinkle throughout a new website project.

One of my new assignments is to come up with two paragraphs to describe my process. Part of it will have to be about shopping, which I find hilarious.  But often I find that a big part of what I do has to do with availability of inspiring materials.  That probably makes me shallow. Nonetheless, it's true.

As I was leaving, the owner of the fixed gear bicycle featured in the last photo came out to unlock his bike. I watched from inside my truck, surreptitious.  He looked, walked around the post, and then got out his iphone and shot pictures of the small sculpture. Made me feel extremely happy.  And motivated to go read more about conceptual art.