Yes, I'm alive.
Forgive the hiatus, but the last time I posted anything here, I had no concept of the amount of change I was about to go through. The change I speak of has more to do with life in general than the fact that I have been prevented once again from putting new work up on the site. I have to wait a few more months to update my portfolio since a lot of what I produce is actually intellectual property. Admittedly, I didn't mean to promise updates to the site and then never follow through. (Sorry!) It's a bit frustrating because I'm excited to share with you what I've been up to, but I can't do it until I can do so without making anyone angry. And so, we wait.
But yes, a lot of change has been happening. I just overcame a big, hideous emotional roller coaster over the past few months, and incidentally, I also jumped out of an airplane for the first time. I guess the thematic thread woven between my emotional and physical life has been very much about "letting go." And anyone who has jumped out of an airplane is going to know just what I mean by that. I filled an entire sketchbook with new ideas for art inspired by the collective experiences, and so as I bring my voice back into this public forum, I do so feeling as if somehow I have forged a new version of myself. I am a different person between the last post and this one, and it feels extremely interesting and refreshing as an artist to feel I that have found new eyes again. This time, it is not because I have bounced between the East and West coast, but more about interior matters. If traveling affects the form of my ideas, the past few months of my life have certainly affected the content.
In any case, I wanted to talk a little about last night.
I was pleased to be a part of a truly wonderful event and for an equally wonderful cause. One of my paintings was in a Silent Art Auction and Casino Night Fundraiser for the Cooper Union School for the Advancement of Science and Art. It was the first art auction I have ever attended and I found it very exciting. I am also happy to say that my painting, Piaf, went to a new home last night!
I'm not sure that I'm allowed to say how much money was raised, but given the amount of people in attendance, I will say that I was pleasantly surprised. It made me really happy to see so many alumni with such an appreciation for what this institution has given us. I know I'm gushing a little, but it just feels so good to do something..... good! So here's to a successful night, and the headache I had the next morning, 5 glasses of wine later.
Noelle Raffaele - artist