nyx mathews and jo latham, flutesong pink (#2), digital photograph, 13.5x19cm, 2010.
the past two weeks have been insane. first i sold two photographs at a group exhibition, then i went to the training day for my shiny new job as a collumnist for DeVine , and then i got 1 and a 1/2 (ie, one article and an interview) articles published on The Scavenger. kinda super, super exciting.
My very first DeVine article can be found right here; it’s a feature piece about the ableist politics of (so-called) ‘environmentally sound’ eating habits, and the fine line between self-care and sustainable practices for people who live with a disability. and it was originally called ‘food is an ableist issue’, which of course i like better, but, you know, editors change that stuff all the time.
the Scavenger article was a lot of fun, mostly because it’s on vampires, and i’m on a huge vampire pop-fiction kick at the moment. it’s pretty awesome when you get to publish writing that’s just stuff you’ve been ranting about anyway; in this case, the kickass female vampires who’ve recently popped up in mainstream television. my favourite is true blood‘s pam (as pictured above), but vampire diaries‘ katherine is pretty fantastic in her own right, and twilight‘s alice cullen also got a mention. i wanted to write about eli from let the right one in, too, but i might save her for another time. anyway, you can find the article here.
the interview i did with max attitude, on aesthetics and politics – and the politics of aesthetics – in femme and trans contexts. it’s only a segment of a much longer conversation we’re still having (it being a pretty huge subject and all). it’s fascinating because we come at things from such different directions; i am, really, an aesthetic theorist above and beyond all else. even my feminism is viewed through that lens rather than the other way around. aesthetics are, i think, possibly the most effective way to trace political history. whatever was going on, regardless of whether it was written down or talked about (or allowed to be written down or talked about) somewhere, somehow, it came out in art. but that’s a different article. this one’s about more literal, physical implications of politically astute aesthetic desires. i really do think it’s worth taking a look at, even if they’re not subjects you already know about.
paul gassenheimer, flutesong red, (marilyn munroe and james dean).
and somewhere in between all that jo latham and i did a photoshoot (that’s one of the pictures from it, up top) based on the above image of marilyn munroe and james dean, to go with the interview…
and raskolnikov was super cute. right now he’s sitting on my lap, mostly asleep, but for the purring. best hotwater-bottle ever.