Monday, February 27, 2012

Claire

In Nursery I made a clay snail so good it was presented to the principle...and sadly never saw it again.
I drew felt tip pictures and sold them to my family member for 10p each.
I won an award for my degree work and used the prize money to buy two tree frogs.
Panicked when I learned my mum had cancer and didn't make any art in my studio for days.
I immersed myself in sculpting and drawing to not focus on the bad things around me and discovered a new material to work with.
I won an award in London for my artwork and sold it for a lot more the 10p...and mum got the all clear.

Claire, age 24

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Patti

I wrote a play when I was six years old where I was the princess and my sister was the prince and the dog, and got the neighborhood kids to watch for a dime.
I designed a house and built it with hand tools with my ex-husband who I taught to swing a hammer.
I swam at night in Long Island Sound among luminescent jellyfish that lit up if you bumped them, it was like swimming in the galaxy.
I visited every week my sister in the schizophrenic ward and tried to know her, see her, as she is.
I lightly kneaded half a cup of butter into two cups of powdery flour with my fingers to make batter for scones while listening to Pink Floyd's The Wall and puzzling how to finish a painting.

Patti, age 57

Kim

I took the band 'THE GUESS WHO' to the laundromat in my 2 seat Honda CRX.
I played with a wild monkey in Mexico and let it teeth on my hand.
I met and became friends with Dr. Ala Bashir.
I achieved my life's goals of becoming a mother and professional artist.
I Live to Love others.

Kim, age 49

Nick

I accidentally ran over a bunch of ducks (I have to stress the 'accidental' portion of this).
I almost died in elementary school when I choked on an ice cream, cried, because the teacher's aid didn't believe that I was choking.
When I was 5 my appendix burst and I almost died again, because my parents just thought that I was sick.
I have laughed so hard that I farted.
I had sex in a concert venue bathroom.

Nick, age 25

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Chris

I have traveled to Europe and while in France I got stopped by the French soldiers pointing their guns at me for walking under the Eiffel Tower at night.
I am an artist at heart and have designed a few buildings around the United States.
I have helped homeless people emotionally, simply, by just listening to their stories.
I am a Muay Thai fighter.
I have cheated on an ex-girlfriend 7 times that she doesn't know about, but I learned my lesson and wont ever repeat that. Don't want to follow the footsteps of my father who abandoned me.

Chris, age 24

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Paqua

I married a man that has AIDS.
I chose to turn down $200,000 cash settlement in a lawsuit and ended up losing at trial.
I gave CPR to a guy that had no heartbeat and was not breathing and he lived.
I stole a 12 pack of pepsi and a bag of ice from a grocery store.
I sold my lapidary polishing machine for food.

Paqua

Holly

Took a road trip through Manitoba with almost no money, when I was 18.
Lived in Germany when I was 20-21/22.
Volunteered to help build houses in Mexico.
Work with kids who are diagnosed with behavioral/emotional disorders.
Continue loving this life.

Holly, age 30

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Lee

I left my heart in Ireland.
I have had to find food in dumpsters.
I have flirted with rock stars.
I have seen too many shooting stars and forgot to make wishes on them.
I have been lost in Japan.

Lee, age 27

Samantha

Survived 10 years of childhood sexual assault.
Became a comedian and cabaret artist.
Had sex with a man on a beach during a cyclone.
Visited a stranger in a prison in Bulgaria.
Loved and was loved by a beautiful dig, until his final day.

Samantha, age 26

Kylie

I fell in love with art in a way I have never loved another human being.
I contemplate starting my life over on a daily basis.
I have fallen in love three times in my life time and out of love only once.
I have had the same best friend since 2nd grade.
I have traveled to two continents (not including the one I live on) and hope to leave footprints on three more before I die (I have no desire to go be cold in Antarctica.)

Kylie, age 25

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lesley

I have been in the darkest depths of depression.
I made the Denver Center laugh without saying a word.
I have had a nerf war with my cousin's and their kids and used skills I picked up from Halo.
I have been "that bald girl."
I am poor, and pursuing my art, and happier than before.

Lesley, age 28

Monday, February 6, 2012

Kristen

I fell in love in Venice.
I became a mother.
I quit my paying job to follow my dreams.
I saw a ghost.
I married my best friend.

Kristen, age 35

Friday, February 3, 2012

Brittney

I made a pros and cons list when I first met my love now of 7 years.
Danced around naked in front of a slow shutter speed camera.
I killed my gecko by accidentally overheating his terrarium. His name was Fernando.
I used to be obsessed with my weight and lost too much weight.
I witnessed my brother fall out of reality and become suicidal.

Brittney, age 24

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

John

The Smithsonian Institution once bought a piece of my artwork.
I've been teaching college ever since I was in college.
I ran with the bulls in Pamplona in wingtip shoes.
I shot myself in the face with a bow and arrow.
I roasted a lamb on a spit over an open fire on an Aegean beach in Greece.

John, age 42

Boz

I have a Masters Degree.
I am a romantic.
I don't want kids.
I have traveled to Europe and want to keep traveling. I hope to visit every country.
I have written a graphic novel.

Boz, age 27