In November 2005, Kim Mosley and Joan Lipkin decided to have a daily
conversation for nine months. She would write. He would draw. Sometimes,
he would write, too. Here's what they had in mind.
my part, I am interested in the discipline of daily writing and conversation
and to see how my relationship with another person and with myself unfolds
over a period of time. In addition to the text of my own life, I see
this as an opportunity to reflect and chronicle what is going on simultaneously
in the wider world.
also want to see what sorts of things our different mediums spark in
project speaks ideally to my long standing interest in public and civic
dialogue. In this piece, I am committed to being as open and honest
as I can, even when it means taking tremendous risks and truly exposing
myself. I believe that level of honesty and vulnerability, that stripping
away at pretense and defensiveness, is where the truest possibilities
for communication, growth and art lie.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
When I was in college I had a friend who used to say "we must have
gone to the same high school" referring to some connection that
we seemed to have. She claimed that it was a line from Shakespeare.
It was only recently that I was able to do a text search of the old
guy and realize that she had pulled a fast one. In any case, I have
always believed that understanding has to do with sharing common experiences.
Joan and I did actually go to the same high school in Chicago and grew
up with many shared experiences, but we were separated by many years
and never knew each other until we met in St. Louis.
I tend to search for ridiculous truisms. The kind that even someone
you love will not give you a reason why they are wrong. I'm interested
in then formulating an argument to show that they are true. Sometimes
in the drawings, I tend to push Joan's buttons with these ridiculous
assertions (that I actually believe) and it initiates some interesting
discussion (perhaps sometimes more interesting to me and more aggravating
any case, as this project continues we are starting to synchronize.
My drawings are not just about what Joan writes, but they are my reactions
as well. In the same way that we respond in a verbal conversation first
with an acknowledgment and then with a "but," the drawings
are hopefully more than illustrations but rather dialogue.
collaboration is for me an opportunity for growth. Working together,
we are creating a gestalt where the whole is greater than the sum of
the parts. I do not know exactly where the work comes from, though I'm
glad that my drawings come out of my pens the way they do. I do know
that the connection between Joan and me has been an inspiration.
Friday, December 23, 2005