Hello old friend (first love) You saved me from my troubled teenage year Then you stopped speaking to me When I was challenged (at war) With the toxic masculinity I encountered as a student in the Midwest
Later in life you (my friend) came back to me When I was struggling with grief With the loss of intimacy and love Your warmth reconnected me to the earth Your soft touch healed fresh wounds
Today we are separated again This time by a global pandemic But this is not forever I long for the day When we can be together again
This unique acrylic paint on acid-free paper drawing is one in a series of twenty, inspired by the five-hundred dollars I owe the LADWP (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power) in past due utility bills and my frustration with Microsoft Office 365 Outlook email advising me “that words expressing uncertainty lessen your impact” each time I compose an email containing the words maybe, possibly or perhaps.
I am selling the drawings in this series at a discounted price to raise money to pay my past-due LADWP balance. When I sell all twenty drawings in this series I will have enough money to pay my debt to the LADWP.
As for my relationship with Microsoft Office 365? … It’s complicated.
This drawing was made in 2021 and is signed and dated on the back.
This artwork is called “I Talk to You” and it is a performance piece. In the performance I talk to you and you talk to me if you want, or I can just talk to you. You don’t have to talk unless you want to. You can tell me about your life. I can tell you about my life. We can talk about poetry. We can talk about the weather. We can talk about pets. We can talk about friends. We can talk about food. We can talk about social justice. We can talk about anything that does not violate the Etsy terms of service. After the performance I will write you a note on the back of this unique 4” x 6” ink (“I Talk to You”) drawing, sign it, date it, and mail it to you in an envelope.
The price for this performance artwork is $50 for a 20-minute performance. When I receive the purchase confirmation email I will respond to schedule a date and time for the performance. You can choose an audio or video performance-whatever you prefer. Thank you so much for your interest in Margie Schnibbe Bad At Crafts. I look forward to talking to you!
In this video I talk about my inspiration and painting process for the series Springtime Ascot Hills. Purchase these paintings (and more) in my Etsy shop SchnibbeBADatCRAFTS. Thank you for listening/supporting/sharing!
During one session in 2015, my psychotherapist surprised me by saying I was a sex addict. I assumed this was due to my promiscuity and felt unfairly judged. When I returned home that evening I made a series of collages. This is one collage from that series.
When I look at this series today I ask myself a few questions: 1) Was I castrating the hot men I slept with? 2) Was I castrating my psychotherapist? 3) Was I castrating myself?
The images and the title of the series were found in an issue of Stallion magazine from the 1980’s. I purchased the vintage gay porn magazine at Circus of Books in Silver Lake, Los Angeles in 2012.
*Please note: The background paper is uniformly white. This image is scanned on a flatbed scanner and some of the background color may appear uneven due to the scanning process.
This handmade ceramic sculpture is various shades of blue with swirls of black, brown and red accents. It is made of stoneware and fired at a high temperature. The glaze surface is mostly matte with accent areas of gloss. The abstract organic form is inspired by my succulent garden and the beautiful blue sky outside my Los Angeles studio. I used slab, coil and pinch techniques to build this sculpture and the surface texture was created by pressing objects against the wet clay. Three different glazes were used to create depth and variation in color. The sculpture is signed and dated on the bottom.