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December 9, 2016

 As an educator, I have a serious issue with a never ending flow of paperwork as a result of assessments, grading rubrics, lesson planning, teacher evaluations and goals, field trips and events, the list goes on, oh wait, and a personal life somewhere in there.  As a naturally bizarre mix of Type A and B personality traits, I rely HEAVILY on my compulsive listing to keep my life together.  These lists are often accompanied by a variety of check off methods ranging from adorable little check off boxes to color coding,  line crossing to flat out scribbling an item out of existence.  The compulsion has gone as far as having to be re-written multiple times or re-numbered in chronological order of accomplishment, but probably the most obsessive form being when I plan out my day in 10 to 30 minute increments, trying to remember to write "eat" and "sleep" in there whenever I can.  Having it written down ensures that the event is more likely to take place considering there are few things in life that are as satisfying as crossing out a to do list item.  As neurotic and overwhelming that may seem to some, it is what metaphorically keeps my head above water a majority of the time.  My piece "Write It Down" is an ode to this obsession of mine and utilizes authentic lists and paperwork from my daily life in its collaged layers.  The hand grasping the paper in the foreground crushes another list to demonstrate the euphoria in my mind when one list is accomplished, discarded, or no longer necessary as I whisper to myself "crushed it."  The self portrait in the background has its head above water amidst the sea of overflowing paperwork and educational debri.  The paper boats float along the surfaces as a representation of the lingering items that never seem to fully disappear but eventually will meet some form of demise.  There is a subtle use of reds, whites, and blues as a reference to the current mental state of teachers in America's education system and how many of us feel as though we are frequently drowning by the demands of our government, administrators, parents, and students. 


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