I’ve been described as a professional feeling-haver. This is not far from the truth.
In 2011, I graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts. Instead of working on Sculpture and Spatial Practice (which I inexplicably got a degree in) I was spending my time writing songs for strangers and friends about their deepest secrets (and attempts to lose their virginity).
I quickly realised that I wanted to connect with people outside the Contemporary Art scene. I wanted to work outside of the gallery and open up conversations about normal life, about shame, and about the things that deeply scared me.
I also wanted to blow up photos of my genitals and hang them on walls around my college. This, as it turns out, is not the best way to make friends with college security.
Since I left the art world, I’ve been working on different ways of connecting with people - I’ve hosted a comedy game show about sex, started a weekly podcast with my ex-fiancé, set stuff on fire in my room while topless, and fallen in love with strangers for eight hours straight.
I like working in the weird space in between art and advocacy. While I’m using art to explore my feelings and experiment with how things could be different, I also want to make actual change:
- My #NoFeelingIsFinal reached every state and territory in Australia, made some waves overseas, and directly contributed to government attitudes towards mental health funding.
- Every day I get emails about Being Honest With My Ex from people who feel less alone after hearing about the weird and fucked-up relationship I have with my ex
- My writing about battling my way through the mental health system helps people with their own struggles
- My songs sometimes get stuck in people’s heads. Like, for hours.
- If I wasn’t around to water my plants, they would probably die
I do all this to make the world more like the kind of place I’d like to live. Unfortunately, in the venn diagram that is my life, the projects I make rarely overlap with the money I need to live:
To sustain myself I have to put a lot of focus on “projects that will bring in money” rather than “projects that will make the world better”.
Why am I asking for help? There are a lot of meaningful art babies that I’d like to make. In my limited spare time (I have a day job to pay the bills) I put my efforts towards a bunch of cool projects.
With your support, I can start turning down boring paid gigs and put more focus on projects that genuinely help make the world a better place. Here’s just some of the awesome cuntblasters I’d be working on if I was spending less time chasing the cash dollarz:
- Starving Artist, a new podcast cracking open the conversation around art + money
- Writing more articles, particularly about mental health.
- Ask Honor, a mental health / relationship advice column (which people have been asking me to do since I first started talking publicly about love and mental health)
- Coordinating a monthly Mental Health Discussion Group, as discussed in episode 29 of Being Honest With My Ex
- So, so many more projects! Seriously, I have a million ideas but limited hours and limited funds. For example, I have like two dozen videos recorded and no time to edit them.
- (I also have almost 2 years worth of tears collected in boxes. With your help, I can move from “person who obsessively hoards their eye-sadness” to “person who completed an emotionally complex art project about crying”.)
I’ve tried to come up with a bunch of cool rewards, but if there’s anything you’d like to see: get in contact!
(Even if you don’t have specific suggestions, feel free to send me an email - [email protected]. I’m always curious about what / how / who you are.)
Your donation will be like you coming around to my house once a month and leaving a note on my bed that says “I believe in you”. (Except without the locksmith fees I’ll likely incur.)
With your support, I can record more podcasts, create more art, and continue valiantly working on my mission to fuck shit up until it’s the best shit that’s ever been fucked up. That’s all I want from life, and with YOUR help we can put more cool stuff into the world and make it a less fucked-up / lonely place.
Note: prices are in US dollars!