Back from Berlin, and searching for the motivation to function

19 Sep

I got back from Berlin on Sunday night.  The flight back was more grueling than the elderly infested flight out there…. but I’ll save that story for another day.  The show was fantastic, the Strychnin crew are all among my “top 10” people on the planet, and much fun was had.  I posted a bunch of pictures on my flickr page of the show, some that I took, but mostly ones that Iris Bitter (one of the lovely Strychnin folks) took. I’m really really bad about remembering to take pictures wherever I go, so thankfully Iris was there with her trusty camera to capture memories that will soon be flying out of my head.

Something interesting that I discovered at the show while talking to some of the locals is that apparently the Germans’ don’t know what a cupcake is.  I have cupcakes in a few of my pieces, and I was asked by more than a few people what exactly those were.  This kindof blew my mind, because I rely on cupcakes for the bulk of my dietary intake.  Not to mention I have framed photos of cupcakes around the house because I love them so.  But to try to explain what a cupcake is to someone who’s never had one, and then try to explain why it’s important and has become such an american cultural obsession is difficult… not to mention it makes you sound like a crazy person.  Because they are silly and insignificant.  But they’re so much fucking fun!!!   So for any German out there reading this who doesn’t know what a cupcake is, here ya go (and I stole these off flickr, and I don’t remember who I stole them from so I can’t give proper credit… so sorry to whoever these pics belong to… bla bla bla whatever)

There.  Cupcakes.  Do ya get it?  With cupcakes, everyday can be your birthday.  It’s your own little personal cake, but small enough to where you’re not obligated to eat an entire regular sized cake.  And they’re pretty.  And made of magic.  Maybe it’s just an American thing…. but the Japanese have caught on, and they understand it too (but it’s probably because cupcakes are small and adorable, and Japan has perfected the art of creating things that are small and adorable).  Yes, it’s probably moronic that we’re obsessed with something so insignificant just because it’s small and cute and yummy… but that’s kindof what the U.S. is known for- being obsessed with stupid things for ridiculous reasons.  IE: Paris Hilton, Pokemon, the pet rock, Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, porn or anything related to sex that causes a juvanile reaction, Urkle, Bay Watch, Pogs, flip flops, designer sweatpants with stupid phrases written across the ass…. should I go on?  I’d rather not… it kindof hurts my feelings and makes me wish I was Canadian.

So since I’ve been home, I’ve been in a slump. I’m not sure what’s wrong with me.  Maybe it’s because I was running on manic for so long that now I don’t know what to do with myself (because I’m not good at sitting still, or slowing down… it makes me weird).  And I KNOW part of it is because of money, and that forever-growing virus in the back of my brain that says mean and horrible things to me all day and night because I’m bound to financial struggle (I fucking HATE being broke… I don’t want to be rich… just stable… for once…. please?).  But I’ve just been tired and non-responsive and unimpressed with everything.  I’d like to have this go away and go back to perky.  Maybe I’ll make some cupcakes and it will all be better.  Brad says I need to get a part-time job somewhere I like to get out of my head for a couple days a week.  It’s probably a good idea.  Because right now I’m sick of my head.  Anybody know anyone who’s hiring?

For now, lets all watch something that makes everyone happy……

Oh yeah… I have a couple drawings for sale on the webstore that weren’t needed for the show, so go take a peek.



6 Responses to “Back from Berlin, and searching for the motivation to function”

  1. Carrie Ann Baade September 19, 2008 at 9:07 pm #

    Hi Kristen!
    YOU ARE INSANE. I can’t believe the amazing quantity of work.
    Intensely awesome to see the show if only through your photos.
    All the very best to you!

  2. juju galaxie September 19, 2008 at 9:34 pm #

    thank you for the bunnies..i too am “non-responsive and unimpressed with everything”…blah~ : )
    congrats on the show!!

  3. christine September 20, 2008 at 6:22 am #

    so glad the show went i ❤ cupcakes!

  4. chelsea September 20, 2008 at 7:03 am #

    unfortunately, us canadians feed off of american media so all those things you mentioned, we were or are crazy about them too.

    congratulations on the show!

  5. Kristen Ferrell September 20, 2008 at 8:45 am #

    Chelsea… that’s sad to know. So basically, if I ever wanted to fully escape from American Pop-Culture Retardation, I’d have to completely flee the continent? That’s just unfair. I used to be able to combat any knowledge of cultural obsessions by not having television, reading magazines and only political newspapers, and just ignoring. But now that Sully is in elementary school, he get’s all the info from the other kids and brings it home to me. Ick.

    And Carrie Ann…. I will never ever ever do that much work for one show again. Because I love Strychnin so very very much, I took it on. But from this point on, I’m working on a larger scale, and much more involved… so I can be like other artists who only have to create a handful of pieces a year instead of 100 for 1 show.
    BUT I am still making some little stuff to keep arty-things affordable for everyone. The fake cupcakes that I make are right now being mass-produced in my living room, as well as tons of little plaster molds of Sully & my fingers, and I’m going to start selling my little “Severed finger cupcakes” on the webstore. The plaster fingers look SO real, and the Sully ones are REALLY creepy (there’s something so much more disturbing about dead little kid fingers). Hopefully they’ll all be done by Monday and on the site!!

  6. whitney September 20, 2008 at 10:40 am #

    get a job as an instructional aide…. they’re always looking for substitutes! but it’s really not that relaxing or “mind-clearing”.

    if you like pistachios… i make THE best pistachio pudding cupcakes!! holy crap. i want one now.

    hoppity hop-hop!

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