March 10th, 2009 | Uncategorized
My drafting table drawer has been growing increasingly crowded and dysfunctional, but I never have time to deal with it. This afternoon, however, I couldn’t take it any more. I started excavating, and realized that a lot of the stuff I’ve accumulated is actually obsolete. Like this little mirror.
I used to use this for drawing expressions. I’d look at it and draw as I made a face. Now I use a digital camera for that. Well, actually, I don’t use a camera for expressions, generally. I seem to be able to manage drawing those out of my head.
Then there’s this broken plastic L ruler I could never bear to throw away.
This thing was so great, but I could never find a new one. I must have bought it in the ’80s. Just a flexible see-through L ruler, good for quick right angles. It was perfect for marking the spaces between the panels in Dykes To Watch Out For. Finally two years or so ago I dropped it and it had become so brittle, it just broke into pieces.
Dead rapidographs, eraser nubs, unsatisfactory automatic pencils. White out is another digital casualty.
Then I started looking around the room and noticed other obsolete stuff taking up valuable real estate, like these Kodak Carousel slide boxes. I’ve always loved how they looked on my shelves.
The graphic design is beautiful, plus they just made me feel important, or legitimate, somehow. I dragged these all over the country for years, giving talks about my work. Until Powerpoint came along. Now they’re going into the storage area. With the 8-tracks and the stereopticon.
Huh…this is weird. I was going to post one more picture, but on an unrelated note. A very nice woman named Robyn gave me this little Ganesh sculpture in Maine the other week…
…and I don’t have her address. So I wanted to say, in case you’re looking at the blog, Robyn, could you email me your address so I can thank you properly?
But as Robyn handed this beautiful, weighty little statue to me, she explained that Ganesh is the Remover of Obstacles. So, um, I totally didn’t see it coming when I started to write this post, but I think he’s having an effect already.