Today for Beatie

It’s a lovely act 2 that my friend Beatie and I have spent a chunk of our energy the past year immersed in the art of bird watching and postcards. The pandemic began with us writing letters to each other although we live less than 10 minutes apart and has found us separately crafting projects around postcards. Beatie was into birds before the pandemic but it’s a new hobby of mine. Every time I see a hummingbird I’m reminded of her frequent visitors.

Her wonderful project with Mark Mothersbaugh, “Postcards for Democracy” has successfully crowdsourced mail activism and brought awareness to supporting democracy and the USPS. I can’t wait until it will be showcased in a public setting later this year.

My Today project, although much smaller in scale, is slowly picking up steam, as more and more people from around the world participate and share what today means to them. If you’d like to receive the prompt, get in touch – easiest way is dm on IG at “1albumadayart.”

It’s been a while since Beatie and I have seen each other but she’s been on my mind a lot as I’ve thought long and hard about creating an accessible, impactful and flexible art practice and one day bringing a long duration group exercise to the Venice Biennale. Some people laugh at these ambitions, because they don’t think of me as an artist, and to them I roll my eyes. But this past year has given me a clear vision of crafting something unique in a setting I fantasize over after a decade of attending consecutive editions and being deeply moved to make changes in my daily life. This year I’ve even been learning Italian.

But back to Beatie. I digress. My friend’s mom lives behind her and when dropping off some donuts on Saturday I noticed all these hummingbirds. It was the first time I had seen so many in months and I was reminded of her and that it had been too long since we had seen each other or written any cards. Today I reached out and it turned out it was the 88th day of the year. 8 is our shared lucky number and so I thought I’d create this tribute card to her today. Hope to see you very soon my infinity hummingbird friend.

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