Wednesday, October 24, 2012

E.M.G.

I've come to a decision.


I've been feeling really bogged down. It's time, actually far past time, to move forward. So I've added all remaining art - Moby-Dick illustrations, first series of Heart of Darkness illustrations, miscellaneous monsters and other stuff - back to my Etsy shop one last time.


The art will remain available and for sale until the end of Sunday November 11, this year. After that, I will take what is left, give a few pieces to close personal friends and destroy the rest. I've done that in the past and that kind of creative destruction has always fuelled new avenues of creativity for me.

So that's it. About two more weeks to get whatever pieces you may have had your eye on. Email me if you have any questions.

13 comments:

  1. I brought it into this world, and I will damn sure take it out. Yeeaaaaaaahhh.

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  2. And if you want any of the Slaadi (or anything else for that matter), email me. I'll hook you up GOOD.

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  3. That's the worst news I have had all week. Donate to the New Bedford Whaling Museum which has a collection of contemporary art inspired by Moby Dick?

    Have a fire sale. I will buy as much as I can, some for the museum and some for my library.

    Susan Pizzolato

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  4. Don't feel bad Susan, I would be delighted to donate some to any willing museum, I am just not sure who might be interested.

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  5. I don't know whether you seriously intend to burn your pictures, Matt but please don't! I've ordered three anyway before it's too late:( I think they're unique and your interpretation of Heart of Darkness really hits the mark for me:)

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  6. Jane, it's an awkward thing to discuss because I am very aware of how much that kind of statement - "I am going to burn it all!" - can make one look like some sort of absolutely awful, idiotic, pathetic primadonna. Or, just as badly, someone making infantile and passive aggressive threats to an "unappreciative public" demanding that the work be paid for. None of those things are true for me, and I will simply hope that what I say is believed.

    From my point of view, the situation is this. I have spent years of my life now living a life consumed with and defined by these images. I see them every day. They are all around me, in my home, on my shelf, in my studio. To me, they can at times feel like an anchor, or a heavy weight. I feel the need to move past them and on to new work. Although I will always owe a debt to Melville and Moby-Dick and I am certain that I will return to it again in my art, that time is not now.

    These illustrations have been available, in galleries and on my own Etsy page, for well over a year now. I honestly feel as if everyone who has wanted to own one has managed to do so. I can't imagine there being too much additional interest in that, but that is not something that upsets me at all.

    As I mentioned in the post, the first thing I will do is make the gift of some of these pieces to close personal friends and family members. After that, if there is any interest from any museums or art collections, I will happily donate some pieces. And when that is all said and done, probably some time around the New Year, I will burn the rest. Unless some weirdly compelling inquiry arrives. It's best for me that way, and ultimately what pleases me the most is that ALL of these pieces live on in my blog and the book Moby-Dick in Pictures and anyone who buys the book can own every single one of the pieces. That makes me very happy.

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  7. Also, I am keeping the 100 new Heart of Darkness illustrations for some time yet. I will need to hold on to them until at least next summer when the book is finally sent to the printer, and my plan is to try and set up a gallery showing of all 100 pieces at once. So these will be all that I keep from this point forward, other than new work I will be creating.

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  8. I do understand, Matt. I think having a clear-out (in any aspect of your life) is sometimes a really good way of moving forward. It can be very therapeutic indeed.

    I look forward to seeing what your new spell of creativity brings:))

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  9. I understand and respect the process of destroying what you create. Its what I love about outdoor disposable art installations. What makes me sad is that I can't afford to buy art right now, and so many of your drawings move me. Sometimes I make them my desktop photo so I can enjoy them for longer. Maybe a trade would interest you? Either way, I will get your book one day, it is beautiful. Thank you. Christina. http://www.bluecanvas.com/christinamcveigh

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  10. Christina, I would definitely like to talk about this more with you. Can you send me an email? My address is mattkish87 at gmail dot com. I will try and send you a message through your BlueCanvas site, but I'm not sure if that will work. Anyway, please get in touch with me. Thanks.

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  11. There's definitely a few on your etsy that I'm interested in, (the slaad and a couple of the moby dick ones with the guy with a hammer) . You do any package deals?

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  12. Scrap Princess, I just sent you an email to the toiletworldultra address so check that.

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