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Penelope Przekop April 08, 2011

Water Diviner: Michael Seif

"I know that the camera long ago acted as a shield between me and the outside world."

If creative folks need an outlet to carry on, are we attempting to hide behind or step forth? I'm driven to write and paint to express what I can't otherwise seem to relay.

Does that mean something is wrong with me? 

Maybe.

Or could it mean I have something to express that goes beyond what the average person needs...

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Penelope Przekop February 08, 2011

Art of the Nude: Ilene Skeen

"It's a dangerous thing to believe that one part of you is at war with another.  It's not a good message to teach children; it leads to all kinds of trouble."

Growing up in the Deep South during the decade of free love and the one that followed, I was taught that my body was the worst thing about me.  What did it do? I wondered. Oh, it wasn't what it did, it was what it was goingto do. Flesh was...

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Penelope Przekop November 22, 2010

The Mind of an Artist: Karin Perez

" ... almost every single "normal" person has a hard time understanding the way my mind works."

Lately a few folks have asked me to describe how my mind works.  To address the question, I focused on things such as how I can zoom from detail to big picture and back to detail, or how I can manage to do a variety of different things at once while heads spin around me.

I didn't go into detail about how...

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Penelope Przekop August 04, 2010

The Real Deal: Ed McCormack

"A real artist has no choice and should be prepared to go down with the ship!"

Yesterday, the August 9th issue of Newsweek showed up in my mailbox with Mark Twain's picture on the cover. In the issue, Malcolm Jones writes about Twain's last essay in his article, "Our Mysterious Stranger."The essay was written four months before the beloved writer died. Jones says, "Twain meant to impress no one...

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Penelope Przekop July 14, 2010

Hyperallergic: Hrag Vartanian

"I can’t help but think that creativity requires both constructive and destructive forces to make it really work."

Over the last couple of years, Aberration Nation has convinced readers that life sucks ... and that it sucks the life out of us. It may seem sad but many years ago, I decided to embrace the concept and simply accept that regardless of how my life is defined (e.g., single, married,...

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Penelope Przekop July 08, 2010

A Jewel: The Pearl New York Lounge

" ...everyone who walks through our door is treated like a VIP."

If I can make it there,
I'll make it anywhere,
It's up to you,
New York, New York. 

When you grow up in a place some people refer to as the "The Armpit of America," you truly long for New York. Okay ... my deep South hometown ain't so bad. The hot, muggy place has come up quite a bit in the world since I hung my hat there. But nothing...

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Penelope Przekop April 28, 2010

True Creative Blood: Charlaine Harris

"... by reminding myself that I can’t do a lot of things that other people manage with ease, I maintain an even keel most days."

This week The New Yorker said, "Przekop clearly has a gift for language." Awesome! (Never mind that I'm still looking for a new publisher.) On most days, I have to remind myself of comments like this one to boost my confidence. Being able to write (and paint) gives me...

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