Same Name

diptych portait images of the same woman

I recently received a nice comment from Lauren Usher. She’s also an artist and has obviously googled herself like I do every once in a while.  It’s always strange to come across a person that has the same name as you.  I’m already curious about the lives strangers lead, but even more curious when the person has the same name.  They’re walking around representing me in a way.  What are the Lauren’s of the world up to?  Are they leading a good path and creating a world I want to live in?  Are there Lauren’s out there giving all of us other Lauren’s a bad name?

Maybe these thoughts make me a narcissist. Oh well.

It did spawn an idea about a new art project.  What if I gathered as many Lauren Ushers as I could find and asked each one of them to send me a photograph from a significant event in their life as well as a photograph that is just random and feels mundane.  All those images I receive would be printed uniformly (same size, color management, etc) and hung together in one space.  A whole new Lauren would be born.

diptych portait images of the same woman
Left: Wedding Day / Right: Waking up on January 5, 2005

I tossed this idea my brother’s way and he reminded me that I have another name to consider, my married name. That opens a whole other can of worms.

The mouse wheels in my head are certainly turning.

A side project.

Something I have been interested in for as long as I’ve been interested in art, is the connections between particular artworks and the goings ons inside the artist’s world. An example might be the story behind the painting of the Sistene Chapel. There are styles within that room that set up the art world of the future. But, were there other artists who were painting in a similar fashion? What was going on in Michelangelo’s personal and social life at the time? How did that influence the way he painted? What was going on in Italy at the time and how did that change the shape of the art?

These questions I have and the connections I want to figure out stem from my philosophical belief that absolutely everything and everyone is connected. Every event influences the next (sort of a rippling effect). Every person’s actions today set up the world we will all experience tomorrow. So on and so forth. So, I am on a mission to write a sort of art history book that includes the connections and influences of the society that existed during the time the work was created and the culture the artist was experiencing at the time he/she completed the piece.

I have already attempted to do this on another blog, but decided I was focusing too much on the facts. I was listing the time and place that each work was made and the artists birth and death–important facts there’s no doubt, but I want to dig deeper. I want to trust myself to make inferences. I will record them and hopefully someday be able to map out all of the connections I come up with.

The question I have now is, should I pick an event in history that shaped and changed the world and go from there or should I pick a century and learn all I can from it? I started with the 15th century for my last blog and found some interesting books, but not many. Perhaps I will pick an event and go from there. I’ll keep you all posted.

A New Idea

I wanted to write this down before I forget. I have a new project idea. So, because my concept involves really living moment to moment and cherishing everything you experience and everyone you meet I want to capture my attempts at becoming more conscious of my own life.

I have decided that at some point in the near future I will begin taking one photograph a day of something I have never noticed before. I don’t really know anymore details than that, but that’s that. So far that is what I have come up with.

It is interesting to me that I came up with this idea, as most of my ideas lately have involved other participants–this one will involve me and a camera and day to day life.

So, for now, that is it. I will add onto this idea as I decide to go for it and start collecting photographs.