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When I first began seeing the COVID19 sweeping across the globe, I noticed that country after country showed oceans of people wearing uniform white masks (when they weren’t practicing social distancing or in quarantine). I was kind of curious as to what kind of face parafernalia our people of the U.S.A. would come up with. I just knew Americans would come up with everything from outrageous to hilarious, and they surely have. This is not to say that I am not also deeply aware of the suffering and strife involved in the COVID19 Pandemic which is truly sad indeed. But American originality and thinking outside the box has not failed us in this situation.
True to form, our resourceful Americans came up with every kind of face contraption you could imagine. I saw a post on Facebook where someone had taken photos of all the hilarious mask get-ups people around in our country had assembled for themselves. There was the photo of someone strapping an athletic shoe to their face, their nose and mouth pressed into the shoe interior and the outer tread of the shoe sole facing the menacing virus.
Then in another post I saw someone with an umbrella strapped to their shoulders and a large transparent plastic bag draped from it’s opened coverage. Or there’s the one of a birthday party hat strapped to the face, point out to the world and round hat rim covering the mouth and nose.
So I began to wonder what other kinds of innovations would emerge in mask design here in the U.S.A. And of course I wanted to try the challenge myself, which you can see displayed in my new mask collection.
The first part people don’t like about wearing a mask is that it covers their mouth and nose. While the purpose of the mask requires this, I resolved to have my masks make a statement of uplifting hope to allow people to voice their statement and to provide a counterbalance to all the fear and despair many are feeling at this time.
I chose flowers as emblems of the feminine goddesses of love, peace, nature and beauty. These designs are all taken from flowers from my yard this Spring. The Iris were planted last Fall when a dear friend of mine retired from professional Iris gardening and gave me my choice of bulbs from her great Iris collection. I can’t wait for the next bloom so I can photograph it and create another mask design. I am also making other items as well as you can see on KIRSTEINFINEART.
And I also wanted the mask to make a statement. That way, even though the mouth is covered, you are still showing your voice.
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Any questions for me? Any kind of mask you’d like to see? Maybe a different flower? Or color? Let me know in the comments below!
I have been talking with people a little bit about showing my work in a variety of possible venues. One woman I spoke with said, “Well to show in a gallery you have to have more than a couple of pieces.”
She obviously doesn’t know me. (Yet.) Here is this week’s work!
Photographing the Work.
It is much harder to photograph this stuff than to paint it. I have discovered that my cell phone takes better photos than my Nikon 35 milimeter SLR Digital camera. And my cell phone is not even high end. It’s a smart phone but rather cheesy, I thought.
The photos below are taken by my cell phone.
But the cell phone captures higher detail, better color, and is higher resolution. I have an app on my phone I use called “Camera.” How creative. Anyway, it apparently bumps up the quality quite a bit from my bare smartphone camera, which is really pretty close in quality. My cell phone is an LG Cricket. (I go cheap whenever I can. )
Thanks so much to Make Muse publication for sharing my art and story. Jan Kirstein
Make Muse is an online (and soon-to-be print) magazine that is dedicated to inspiring change and activism through beauty, art, aesthetics, and the written word by propelling action and voicing experiences.
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These self-portraits are the photographer’s reactions to War and Terrorism, and what has emerged from the collective unconsciousness.
Action painting is my joy for more than 30 years and continues to this day, today, with Sumi-E ink and a haiki brush. I add Japanese rice paper torn scraps, and combine a variety of media including paint, watercolor, graphite, ink, colored pencil, even glitter, all to make a free flowing capture of the creative energy that surrounds me at any given moment.. Right now I am creating a series of art works combining photographed self portraits altered with painting and Photoshop to express my continued belief that War and Terrorism are outrages, no matter who you are, or what Culture you are from. By acquiring the persona of a middle eastern woman, I am exploring the process of placing myself in another’s shoes, therefore creating windows of empathy for those who have undergone the trials and tribulations of War and Terrorism. I will be continuing this process.
Through these windows of empathy, the viewer sees multiple spaces, times, and dimensions. All realities are visible simultaneously, which creates a paradox or sense of perceptive omnipotence within the perceiver. It’s much like being able to see all dimensions of reality within one gaze. These juxtapositions contribute to a sense of continuum and present a paradox of the need to stop War and Terrorism Now, combined with the timeless existence of Terror and War throughout the history of human civilization.
To achieve the atmospheric abstraction seen in my work, I especially make use of transparent layering. The scale of my pieces can range from my use of the Nano image to images of outer space. My canvases and paper works range in size from small ,5″ x 6″, to medium 20″ x 32″ to large 4′ x 8.’ Combinations of painting and photography form an altered image that to me represents a process of digging into buried past experience through the exploration of the subconscious mind, both of my own experience as well as the collective unconscious mind and soul. It is my hope to convey the feelings involved in living with the realities of War and Terrorism, along with the emotional demand to stop the process of annihilation once and for all.
Terrorism and war walk in the cloak of darkness,fear, hatred and pain. Empathy is the compassion of extended understanding and love. It is my hope that through these works of art, the hope and love of empathy will overcome the fear, darkness of war and terror. Overcoming War and Terrorism with Empathy and Love is imperative and necessary for the survival of our humanity for the continuation of and progressive growth of the entire human race.
My background as a painter, writer and photographer includes 30 years of professional exploration in all three of these areas. I have exhibited my art work throughout the world through both solo and group exhibitions in the United States, South America, Asia, and Europe.
Thinking about renovating or even restructuring your office, or office space? Check out this story about the restructure at Artsy, and check out the visual art suggested by Kirsteinfineart! Here are a few favorites to give you some inspiration for your staff.
Photograph by Nava Waxman
Photograph by Gary Bibb
Painting by Nancy Hillis
Art to stimulate and inspire any work environment from the Kirsteinfineart Blog.
Writing By Sean Roland, Associate Director of Experience & Operations from Artsy Blog
At Artsy, the Experience team’s mission is to envision, build, and maintain the physical and operational infrastructure as an extension and manifestation of our online brand and product. Some might ask why investing resources into creating a high quality Experience matters. My general answer is that creating impactful environments is always worthwhile as an art form, because it moves people, creates the opportunity for shared experience, and helps galvanize community.
Creating artful, innovative, and positive Experience at Artsy matters because it’s essential to achieving our mission. In order to “make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an internet connection,” Artsy must become a powerful and positive force in the art world, which is no small feat in a highly competitive and critical landscape. The art, design, and hospitality worlds are closely aligned and constantly collaborating, so by demonstrating that we’re thinking and actively contributing to a creative discourse in all aspects of our brand, and not just our online presence, we will build trust and credibility within the world we hope to work and collaborate within.
Our company values state that that we value “Quality Worthy of Art,” we believe that “People are Paramount,” and we strive to embody “Openness” and “Positive Energy.” We’re also constantly exploring the nexus of “Art x Science.” I believe that our physical spaces can embody these values, in much the same way our products, organizational structure, and communication style should. Intentional spatial and aesthetic decisions made with a strong point of view can provide the literal, concrete example of what our company strives to achieve in the digital world. In the past, Artsy hasn’t prioritized these elements, which makes sense. As a startup we’ve had to prioritize and allocate resources and time to where they most mattered — into our core products. But as we grow in size and visibility, our actions across diverse parts of the company will increasingly inform our social capital, and therefore our success.
To align the Experience of visiting or working at Artsy with our aesthetically and functionally mature online platform, our team is adopting an art- and hospitality-focused approach to Experience. We’ve partnered with design furniture company Hem to bring modern, fresh, and relevant design to our offices. We’ve begun designing and implementing a wellness-focused Food and Beverage program because we want to be part of a global dialog around healthy, ethical sustenance. And we’ve begun to add depth and variety to our internal events programming, so that we’re able to better create spaces and experiences that speak to the growing diversity of our team.
We decided on the above approach by first reflecting on the state of our affairs of operations and Experience at Artsy. We asked ourselves hard questions; what we were doing well, what could we do better, and where were we failing? We knew that Experience at Artsy wasn’t measuring up to the products we were putting out into the world, but we needed to tease out why. Our brainstorming yielded some big potential opportunities for improvement, so we built and ran a team-wide survey (with an 87% engagement rate), which helped us determine whether teammates agreed with our hypothesis and ultimately guided our priority setting process:
Optimization of systems, spaces, vendors, and information
Infrastructural improvements and interior design and curation
Diversifying our social event planning and execution
Building a wellness and ethically-focused Food & Beverage program
1. Optimization of systems, spaces, vendors, and information
PICK LOW-HANGING FRUIT
Our survey results showed that first and foremost, we needed to tighten our ship. Our small team (4) was barely staying above water managing the huge array of company-wide support responsibilities — from onboarding logistics, to company-wide procurement of supplies and IT resources, to managing facilities, to food and beverage sourcing and programming. So we divided and conquered the challenges we faced, systematically addressing the failures in communication or process that were costing us time and money and keeping us from more effectively supporting the team at large.
CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS
Throwing away unnecessary baggage can really help reboot an Operations team. Our closets were literally full of broken furniture and forgotten projects, because no one felt empowered to ditch them. So we did, and then we bought nice storage shelves and a ton of labeling tape. Now we have room to store supplies, which has allowed us to shift our buying habits to be more efficient and cost-effective. Figuratively, our team was also storing some skeletons of projects and proposals that hadn’t come to fruition, so there was a hint of “can’t do” instead of “let’s try it” in the air. We ditched our hangups, and reset expectations that any good idea is worth exploring and pitching to each other and leadership.
OPTIMIZE SYSTEMS, THEN GO VENDOR SHOPPING
We were constantly running out of office and food supplies. After we solved the storage issue, we built inventory and ordering systems. We trimmed the variety of things we buy, and created pars (standardized consumption data) based on observation of consumption over a period of weeks. Now that we’ve reached a steady state, meaning the basics are covered week after week, we’ve begun shopping for better vendors who will offer us wholesale relationships. This will help us simplify ordering and allow us to provide better amenities at the same cost. We no longer feel beholden to vendors who don’t want to work with us on pricing, because we now have the bandwidth to shop around. For example, we were working with a startup cleaning company with a cool interface that “spoke” our language. But our floors were filthy, so we traded them in for a more traditional company, with good results and great cost savings.
GET COZY WITH FINANCE
We spend the money, and Finance pays the bills, so it seems natural that we would constantly be in communication. But we weren’t, so important bills (like our internet!) weren’t getting paid. A little digging revealed that transitions on both our teams had put us at a distance, and we needed to reestablish clear processes by which to communicate effectively to ensure we were fulfilling our responsibilities. Now that we’ve repaired the broken communication, we’ve naturally begun collaborating on creating reporting tools to help us make smart budgeting and decisions, which is especially important given the volume of transactions that flow through our team.
LISTEN TO YOUR TEAM, AND GET CREATIVE WITH SOLUTIONS
One of the most notable results from our first survey was that team members felt unhappy about the lack of color and art in our office. We brainstormed an exciting long-term project called “Art at Artsy” with our Special Projects team. We’ve begun planning, but in the meantime we wanted to show immediate results. So we went out and bought plants. A ton of plants. A jungle. Overnight we went from a white box to a tropical haven. Everyday my team gets thanked for bringing color to the office. Never underestimate the power of affordable but impactful purchases.
We’ve taken our first steps on a long path to transform Experience at Artsy. We hope it will become something extraordinary that parallels the journey you might take in an amazing restaurant, or at an incredible art installation. It’s an approach that is challenging yet actually pretty simple; shift your team away from a reactive, need-filling mentality to an intuiting, experience-creating mindset. Cover the basic needs and automate them whenever possible, so you can spend more time creating impactful experiences that move beyond the everyday and push your team to engage in a collaborative discourse with other parts of the company and the creative disciplines.
Thinking you might like to spice up your walls with a dash of creative spirit in the form of uplifting art, but finding all the choices for frames, mats, and hanging so baffling? Here are some helpful tips for hanging fine art in your home. Check out these suggestions, and maybe this will help clear the confusion!
Just click this photo to see this helpful Houzz article on tips for hanging art.
To see how to select framing options, choose mats or to purchase click here.
To see how to select framing options,choose mats or to purchase click here.
To see how to select framing options,choose mats or to purchase click here.
To see more images like these, click here to look around Fine Art America to see more of my works, by Jan Kirstein, or look over the whole website to see many other artists’ works as well! Enjoy your visit.
So often, permission to create is denied to us through a variety of societal restraints as well as self imposed restrictions of judgements and insecurities. To create is a right you are born to fulfill. And what better way to begin creating than in an unlined journal. Write your thoughts and add your sketches. You deserve the right to find your voice.