February 17th, 2017 - July 15th, 2017

For the last couple years, I've been sketching big ideas in a tiny apartment. I've never been afraid of tackling these big ideas, but what's kept me from them -- is just the lack of space. 

Backstory: Mr. J and I moved into our previous home on a whim of luck and ambition. It was in one of the most charming neighborhoods in Seattle and walkable to everything. 

It was, however, intended to be a short term thing because the apartment itself was small - like, less than 300sqft small. We didn't think we would be there very long and decided to roll with it until we could find another reasonable place to land. 

Except we ended up loving it, so we stayed there for two years. 

This made working within that space ... interesting. 

I photographed "SHE" with the model within arms-reach of our kitchen to her left and our bathroom to the right. 

I finished "Warmth" there as well as photographed and collaged together various works, keeping an ugly, beat up v-flat stored against the wall at all times to pull out to photograph flowers, etc. on. 

I signed and framed the smaller prints on a 4'x4' table that doubled as my desk and our kitchen table. (I would have to borrow space from friend's for my larger prints because I just didn't have the surface area to handle them safely.)

So the lack of space obviously was a challenge with my work, but nothing I couldn't tackle. 

However, at the start of this year, things changed. 

I don't share much about Mr. J because he prefers to keep his life private. But I will share that his job situation changed for the better, and as such, he also needed a bit more access to storage space at home. 

So between the two of us and an elderly dog that is rapidly losing his eyesight, moving became priority #1. Hence the large gap in between journal entries. 

Moving is not an easy task in Seattle. In fact, we didn't even start looking at places here and instead started looking at options in other cities outside of the state. But alas, we eventually found a gem, in which my work space has quadrupled. 

I even have a decent mini-studio, with a god-damn-door. A door I can shut. I can close the door when I am done with the day instead of having to clean up immediately. Pure. Victory. 

I have the space to tackle those big ideas now. And I intend on it. 


Other news, "Warmth" was awarded the bronze by the Moscow International Foto Awards in the Fine Art - Collage category. 

It's an honor to have my work be recognized as one of the best among my peers. And it makes me excited to make even more art and pursue these big ideas to the best of my ability. My gratitude to the jury and the MIFA organization for the support. 

-MJ 

A poorly crafted iPhone panorama of my new workspace, unpacking in progress. 

A poorly crafted iPhone panorama of my new workspace, unpacking in progress. 

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July 2nd (30th Birthday!)

So many things to share. 

Here's the rough overview: I started a big project that I can't (shouldn't) be talking about just yet, Mr. Goulet and I moved in a dream of a new apartment, so I now have an appropriate office/mini studio, oh and I won an award -- yadda yadda. There is more, but I'm going to cover all that in a proper journal entry later. 

For the last handful of years, I've made time to take a self-portrait for my birthday. I'm not entirely sure what my goal of this project is, other than a trip around the sun feels like a good enough time to do so. 

This year, I decided to check off something I have had on my bucket list for some years now; make a room into a camera obscura. Here is a link explaining for those unfamiliar. 

So, my bedroom is essentially a large camera right now, and I love it. And since I'm an overachiever, I wanted to see if I could use it as a light source for a portrait. 

For the photograph, I decided not to fight the inevitable blur that comes with a longer exposure, and instead play with it, which in hindsight feels fitting because this is a pretty good representation of how the last few weeks have felt. (More on that in another post.) 

So anyway, I'm thirty. That's what my current face looks like after three decades. Huzzah.

Camera Obscura install shot

Camera Obscura install shot

Tin foil with a hole punch = Apperature 

Tin foil with a hole punch = Apperature 

December 17th, 2016 - February 17th, 2017 

I sent out a newsletter this week titled, "A Wave of Momentum" and as soon as it sent, I put on PJ's and fell asleep and am more or less am just waking up... three days later. 

The gist is I ended 2016 and started 2017 with a flood of opportunities and sales, all at the same time.  I'll spare you the details because if you read this, you probably got my newsletter. (But If you didn't get my newsletter, you can sign up here.) 

And because I'm an overachieving art nerd, I also finished two new digital collage pieces, released a local art magazine, and started a YouTube channel. (Because Type A gotta Type A, right?) 

Everything came with a deadline, and this last week I got the last of the most pressing tasks checked off. 

Needless to say, this entire month has been spent celebrating every new accomplishment, but I also started to feel like a truck had hit me. 

I'm feeling better after my 72-hour rest, but I'm still looking forward to a calmer few weeks. Hopefully, I should be able to just bury my head in my art for a while. 

-MJ 

iPhone snap of a private show for Boston Consulting Group

iPhone snap of a private show for Boston Consulting Group

Magnify Seattle

Magnify Seattle

November 29th - December 16th

Everyone, even if you don't realize it yet, is a bit worse off because of this year. 2017 doesn't look much better. And yes, I have a big gigantic chip on my shoulder about it. I'm pissed off. I'm angry. 

That doesn't mean anything unless I do something about it. As such, I decided to end this year on the best note I could and contribute to a cause I believe in. Because when it comes to 2016 -- I'm ready to hit below the belt. 

Imagine missing school or work for one week every month and trying to keep up in an already competitive world. 

That is the reality of many menstruating women. Many not only have to balance the difficulties of living in poverty which already make them vulnerable to disease, violence, and psychological issues; they also have the additional burden of managing a completely biological process without sanitary products. Resulting in a mess that is all too often wrapped up in taboo and unfair discrimination. This is how many women throughout the world fall through the cracks. Because we bleed. 

So I made this.

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"Period" 2016 | 9" x 9" digital collage print | Limited edition of ??? - Suggested price of $50 or more. 

I'll make as many as you order until January 30th. It might be an edition of 3, it might be an edition of 300. (Maybe you'd like to gift The White House some fancy new art?)

All profit from this image will go to Camions of Care a local-ish to me organization that supports women locally and worldwide with much needed feminine hygiene products. 

I'm going to end this year by lifting my sisters up in the only way I know how. By celebrating our feminity, celebrating healthy cycles, celebrating vaginas and the sanitary products that go in them. 

It's time for the world to no longer look away in disgust from what a healthy female body does. Period.

-MJ