Between the Song and the Silence: A Few Scrambled Eggs ...
I had intended in this posting to show you some of the other sketches and drawings around the costumes, and more of the staging.
Instead, my November – December has been taken up with calls to the insurance company and police reports, and running around getting quotes to replace equipment, then trying to replace or repair the equipment….and oh yeah – moving my studio!
En route to Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec to see the opening of Françoise Sullivan’s exhibition at the Musée d'art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul we’d stopped at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in Québec City.
The Musée national had a couple of exhibitions we’d wanted to see:
Pierre Bonnard – Radiant Color https://www.mnbaq.org/en/exhibition/pierre-bonnard-1245 ,
which had some beautiful examples of Bonnard's work, including some works on paper that provided interesting insight into his process,
and From Ferron to BGL - Contemporary Québec Art https://www.mnbaq.org/en/exhibition/from-ferron-to-bgl-1238
which was an interesting 50-plus year survey of contemporary work.
The Sullivan exhibition was fantastic, by the way, filled with works which seemed to be lit from within, simultaneously confident and delicate. http://www.macbsp.com/
While we were looking at art work, our car was robbed using, apparently, a universal door opener, and my equipment pack was stolen, with computer, sound equipment, sketch books and on and on…
We didn’t realize we’d been robbed until we got to Baie St-Paul!!
I confess to curling up and sobbing when I realized my sketchbooks and equipment were gone…
When my pack was turned into the museum, after three days of freezing rain and snow, all that was left in it was my computer (!?!), a couple of small notebooks at the bottom of the bag, and a few odds and ends. Apparently, there's no point in stealing a computer that isn't a Mac or a brand-new PC in a box!
My poor computer has been back and forth to the tech people be dried out, tweaked, massaged and cajoled into functioning properly (I still don’t think she’s happy), leaving me without a computer much of the month.
So... While you can back up all the data on your computer, and replace equipment, we don’t always think about backing up the contents of our sketch/idea books! I only have a couple of photos of the work I did between September and the end of November which are in previous posts. I now take photos of my sketch/idea books at the end of a session to record what I did – lesson learned!
Much of the relief I have had comes from repeating a story to myself that was sent to me by a talented colleague and friend, Raphael Raphael, which I will just copy here:
re the computer and your lost sketch books I don't know if this is of even the smallest comfort but when ever I lose anything of import I remember being told about what happened to Hemingway:
as a young man he carried around with him on all trips every single unpublished novel he was working on all in one single large travel chest. Apparently, on one ship journey overseas, his entire chest--with all his original writing--was lost. He was completely devastated. On recalling the event years later, he said that, had he not lost that initial chest, he believes he would have continued to work and re-work and re-work those original works. And every work for which he is now known would have never come into existence.
peace and love,
So now instead of pining over what I no longer have, I'm starting anew and telling myself that it will be better than before!
This is what happens when your studio move meets Christmas ...