Your Secret Is Not Safe With Me

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Artist’s book in a found bottle

Perhaps this isn’t the most interesting first post for a blog but it begins what I hope will become a blog that speaks to how an ordinary woman is “havingdoingbeing” ART.  The “havingdoingbeing”  part comes from an essay my father wrote some years ago about his life in his early 80’s, where he was discussing existentialism.  I’m not the philosopher he was but do wonder often  who am I? And what are we doing here?  So in the here and now I am Mary Taylor and I’m making art and with this blog I hope to share my ART.

Recently I was frustrated by a persistent litterbug and also thinking about creating a new art piece for a show themed “Secrets”.  The piece works for me but we will see if the piece works for juror Ed Stitt.  I created another piece for the show that will appear in a next post and I’ll announce the show information too.

My litterbug neighbor has been discarding his/her trash on my street for multiple years.  2 – 3x per week I pick up a paper bag with an empty pint, 2 empty nips of Smirnoff Raspberry Vodka, plus a crumpled up Lay’s potato chip (sour cream and onion) bag.  So from one of the discarded plastic pint bottles I added ad little book.   The text borders on a rant of curiosity about the litterbug and  I hope it comes across more as a snarky jab at the alcoholic litterbug that has a need to discard the evidence on my lovely side street.  I’ve notified the local police and even inquired at local liquor stores but to no avail my litterbug continues to toss the empties and quite likely is driving while inebriated.  I’ve toyed with the idea of making a wanted poster and putting it up over a trash barrel in the proximity of the trash but this is what I decided to created instead.

Update: “Your Secret Is Not Safe With Me”, did get juried into the show and is on view along with “Family Closet”


Artist’s book in a bottle.

Bancroft Gallery, SSAC, Cohasset, MA
Jan 11–Feb 17, 2013
Opening Reception 6 pm

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