I remember just after college I took a workshop with the incomparable Mary Overlie. At the time I was really nervous about whether or not I would still be an artist; whether or not I’d ever perform again or be in rehearsal again or if I’d just be an office drone for the rest of my days. In the workshop Mary explained that in the life of her career she’d had several periods where she’d stopped making art for long periods of time — seven years, ten years. And then she’d return. The reasons were varied and the return was a rebirth. In that moment I realized that sometimes not making art was a significant part of being an artist.
Members of Strange Attractor are confronting some personal and life-changing moments right now, forcing us to take a break from art-making. We think it’ll be for the rest of the year, but really, these kinds of moments are not ones that you should try to plan an end date for. Truth be told, we’re not positive when we’ll come back or what we’ll do when we come back, but we can say, if Mary Overlie has anything to teach us, we will come back, and it will be a rebirth.
At first I wasn’t going to say anything, but I hated our blog being so inaccurate and I hated the thought that you might come here and think we just had stopped for no good reason. I hope this explanation will suffice. I hope we see you when we’re back. I hope in the interim you see and make really good art. Or that you take a really good break, wherever you’re at.
Rebecca (+ Jed, Roblin, & Aram)