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Raz Does Newsletter - 2023 is for We
Hello and happy new year!
I’ve been home for the past few weeks, enjoying the break, eating good food via mom, fighting fafsa with thorough bloodlust, and making art. I have classes next week and again im reminded by the question “why am I 24 and still have homework”. Alas, after this semester, its fully capital realism for me. But I still have goals! and hope! and general gut health! In this email I wanna talk abt my goals of the year and what I’m working on, both in the art world and outside of it~
-Make friends! I spent being 23 as a year of self reflection and diving into myself, but I became an entire antisocial hermit bc of it. I taught myself that making art is my favorite thing, so there is no need to do anything else (including socializing). I disagree w it now, and believe that socializing would actually make art more fun and interesting for me.
-Become ok with breaking routines. These routines and structures, which im a total wh*re for, rly help me move thru the day. But they don’t allow for any freedom in it. In my goal to make friends, I would have to exchange time from my schedule into time for enjoying life with people.
-fix the delete key on my laptop. its not pressing the way it used to and since i havent typed anything in so long i just realized it and im rly annoyed honestly
-go travel! theres a few nft/art conventions in Denver and NYC that I want to go to, and I want to go to vegas while im still nearby! I like seeing the world, and honestly I j like seeing how ppl live
-Galleries. Magazines. Museums. Fairs. Studios. Both to be in (mostly galleries tho) but also to visit! Im rly trying to break myself away from my art, only bc I’m very confident in it and in my pace to be able to go a bit slower and create faster projects. And I like having new things to talk abt
-Smithsonian! but as a job! I can see myself being a full time artist immediately, but theres a 3D scanning team in the museum archiving projects that seems so interesting to me! With the advancement of 3D printing too, we may see artifacts being printed for museums to keep while the original gets sent back to its home! I wanna do an email abt this one in the future bc im rly passionate abt it, but its also near home which id appreciate
-shmuney. shales. i am prosperous 4444 i am healthy 4444 I am loved 4444 i have a hairline 4444 my art changes lives 4444 my art changes the world 8888
-Make a sustainable art income. I am already on twitter and instagram, and have managed to connect with some amazing ppl. I want to spread into youtube and tiktok, and since I already do reels I do think I can manage those two as well. Theres allegedly a way to schedule reels on IG but i dont have that one yet :( (i do use the Buffer app for scheduling posts tho)
-website overhaul/cleaning digital footprint. I feel a bit scattered w everything and I want to unify all the platforms. I will have my lil surveillance state soon :‘)
-read more. at least one book a month. or every two months. Its amazing that someones entire life experience on a topic can be channeled thru 250 pages of words, and it almost feels wrong to absorb all someone has learned so quickly.
-shrooms. I yearn for ego death again. the circle of existence im living in is coming to a close, and I j want to be done w it, and exist as a reborn and renewed version of myself
-cry more. itll let me laugh more.
These all feel short term honestly. Living with doing so many things daily makes time go by very quickly (from an artists/my perspective). making friends is definitely a highlighted goal, but its time I got on to chatting. tbh its been far past due. This email got more existential than I thought but i’m happy i can get to this level. s/o me for getting here, and s/o yall for helping me get here <3
p.s. if anyone has any tips on reaching these pls lemme know! Im stubborn asf so i don’t know how to ask for help (will deal with later), but my dms and email is always open! i always appreciate it
pp.s. im act so proud of myself for the cyanotype/diorama piece i made its legit so cool and alien like wow i did it b
pee.ass. im gonna move these to substack; revue (newsletter site) is shutting down so im gonna j copy and paste everything over it should work and everything should b archived :D