Friday, September 19, 2008

Reflections In A Jaundiced Eye

Art News Blog has published excerpts from my diaries. Not surprisingly, they've prompted comments about my self-absorption and my 'medicated' psychological state.
Leaving aside the apparent sexism in the worst of the criticism (which were from one man), I'm not sure anybody should be surprised that an artist who mines themes of female social and sexual identity in her work – and uses herself as a model – is a little more prone to focussing on her own self (or psyche) than most when she writes. This isn't a symptom of empty egocentricity. Rather, it's a form of forensic investigation, a deliberate (in every sense of the word) attempt to delve into those aspects of my self intimately connected to the internal narrative of what I create. One of the functions of this blog is to communicate what I come up with.
Like the rest of my art, it's not always successful but hell, if it bores or repels you there's plenty to read about other artists and their work elsewhere on the web.

10 comments:

JafaBrit's Art said...

I am glad you have the courage to be true to yourself and share it, it is inspiring.

sarahelizabeth said...

That one man is so off base it was almost laughable to read. I really enjoyed your journal entries and I was glad to be introduced to your interesting work.

JafaBrit's Art said...

Frankly I don't get the anger. You must be doing something right to elicit such a investment of emotion (in this case negative).

swine said...

Got here via Arts News Blog. Great site.

scott hocking said...

So, in one of those moments of uncertainty and curiosity, I typed "should I quit being an artist" into google a few minutes ago, and the first listing given was "art news blog: being an artist - hazel dooney." I clicked on the cache link, found the nice colored words I had typed, and read your quote from goethe. wow, how brilliant. Then, being more curious then uncertain at that point, I googled the quote, and found that it is actually taken from "The Scottish Himalayan Expedition," by William H. Murray (I then googled him too...). And now, I am ordering that rare text from abebooks. Thanks to you, goethe, murray, and synchronicity, I think I have my answer. Cheers, Scott Hocking, Detroit

Anonymous said...

I read art news blog regularly and want to thank you for putting up your diary entries. I like artists with a human face. Also, thanks for the free prints you give out every now and then, they are awesome.

Anonymous said...

I just had a chance to read
all that holier than thou
- academic pseudo intellectual -
blather.

It's too bad that guys Don/Dave
(you remember Dave)
don't take all that time and
negative energy they spend
ripping your art and focus
it on thier own work
(as it certainly needs it).

animadi said...

How are you self-absorbed? I don't understand isn't a big part of art exploration of self? Since when did that become a bad thing?

Also it is a blog about you! You are supposed to write about yourself.

I am going to read these ninny's criticisms.

animadi said...

How are you self-absorbed? I don't understand isn't a big part of art exploration of self? Since when did that become a bad thing?

Also it is a blog about you! You are supposed to write about yourself.

I am going to read the criticisms.

animadi said...

Ewww!
Some of the comments (to the excerpts of your lovely blog) are so gross!
By gross I mean sexist, racist, prejudice, rude, and just plain awful!

The yucky Donald F.'s comments were really appalling! Who says things like that?

What makes me sick is he actually says at one point: "crazy girl was actually a term of endearment"

I hate trolls. I didn't think they existed on an Art News Blog.