Part 1: No Other Time Card

I'm so excited to share the first of a series of videos explaining my work and showing you my home and studio by Tiny Oak Studios. In this episode I explain how and why I started tracking my time providing child care. In the next episode, we'll discuss how privilege plays a part of this project, both in making it possible and in taking on the patriarchy.

SPOILER ALERT: There will be cute babies and dogs in this video.

The Matriarchy is Here!

So much has happened over here at ArtPatti HQ since the Call Your Girlfriend episode aired last week! If you listen to the newest episode you can hear a quick update I sent to Amina and Ann, too!

Here's what I'm really excited about:

  • Almost 800 people have taken the quiz at billthepatriarchy.com
  • The total amount of self-reported unpaid labor is reaching 80 MILLION DOLLARS (for just one year of work!)

A few interesting averages:

  • Salary: $100,000
  • Time spent CLEANING: 9.5 hours
  • Time spent COOKING: 7.8 hours
  • Time spent on HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT: 8.3 hours
  • Time spent on CHILDCARE: 80 hours (!!!!)

As tax season kicks into full gear, imagine how different things would look if all this work was accounted for. If you are at home, imagine not missing out on social security, disability and sick days. Imagine this work being enough to qualify for health insurance. Imagine what you would do if you had access to affordable high-quality child care.  

If we lined up our all invoices printed on standard 8.5 x 11 sheets, they would tower as high as the Golden Gate bridge! (745 feet high x 560 feet wide)

 Image Credit: Golden Gate Bridge by Bahman via  Flickr    Image description: Golden Gate Bridge with large invoice super-imposed on top, same height as the bridge. 

Image Credit: Golden Gate Bridge by Bahman via Flickr

Image description: Golden Gate Bridge with large invoice super-imposed on top, same height as the bridge. 

 

This project is all about making invisible labor, visible. I love the idea of our hours, our sacrifices, our work finally being seen. Finally taking up space in the world and hopefully, finally getting noticed. 

About half of you have chosen to send your invoices on to your elected representatives, which makes us a constituency to be reckoned with:  almost 400 strong after one week. 

Can you help us reach a thousand next week?! Just share the quiz with every caregiver you know, and encourage them to send a message to their representatives. Like many of you have said in your messages, "Once we know our value, we won't agree to work for free."

The matriarchy is here, and I am so excited to build it with you. 

 

 

Out of Isolation, Into the Podcast!

Being a stay at home mom can be isolating. This week especially so, with a teething feverish toddler who doesn't want to sleep canceling all of my plans. Coming out of the haze of another night of sleeplessness, I can't even describe how totally life-affirming and amazing it was to hear myself talk about Bill the Patriarchy with Ann Friedman on the Call your Girlfriend podcast this morning! I want to start every day with Aminatou Sow yelling "PATTI I LOVE THIS!" at me. 

To be seen and heard by all of you, and the emails and messages you are sending me are the opposite of isolating. It makes me realize how not alone we all are in this, and it makes me so, so happy. 

I am also excited to be discussed alongside MIsstress Velvet, the amazing dominatrix who makes subs read black feminist theory!

Listen to the whole episode here, or look for Call Your Girlfriend on iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast | Pocket Casts 

 

 

 

Bill the Patriarchy

Do you do work that our culture doesn’t value? Are you a stay at home mom? Or office mom? What if you charged for every time you did this invisible work? For the emotional labor, the cleaning, the carrying, the schlepping, the caring. For the opportunity cost of putting other people’s dreams before your own. What about just charging for your time?  Are you underpaid or worse, not paid at all?

I want you to know, I SEE YOU. 

Since becoming a new mom, I have spent the last year keeping track of every hour of my son’s activity. Crying, sleeping, eating - I know what he is doing every minute of every day. It has showed me how hard I work. It has helped me articulate that to my husband. When I tallied it up at the end of the year, I found that not counting hours sleeping and Sundays, I had spent 5,616 hours providing child care. If paid at the Oakland minimum wage of $13.23, that’s $74,299.68.

It has been so empowering to know my own worth, and I think you should start keeping track of all the amazing unpaid or undervalued work you do too. 

So, how much does the patriarchy owe you? 

Go to www.billthepatriarchy.com to find out!

 

 I believe once we know our worth we won’t agree to work for free any more.

New Nudes- lines, shapes, colors.

Last week I attended a drawing salon at the beautiful SEO studio in Oakland hosted by Sarah Owen.  

 I started with quick sketches on vellum. 

I started with quick sketches on vellum. 

 I love seeing the new shapes when the two drawing came together. 

I love seeing the new shapes when the two drawing came together. 

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 Moving to paint changed the line quality but let me explore the shapes more.  

Moving to paint changed the line quality but let me explore the shapes more.  

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 This is my favorite from the evening, even though it's the least figurative.  

This is my favorite from the evening, even though it's the least figurative.  

Pencil on vellum sketches, 8.5 x 11 inches $20.00

Watercolor on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches $30.00

Email patti@artpatti.com to purchase or see the entire series.

Opening today...

Here are a few install shots of my show Opening tonight in downtown Oakland!

Viscera
1542 Broadway
7:00-10:00 pm

RSVP

If you can't make it to the opening it will up through December 31st.

 Install view

Install view

 Works on paper and zines

Works on paper and zines

 Me in my Yosemite studio working in some paintings for the show! 

Me in my Yosemite studio working in some paintings for the show! 

A day on the Yuba

If you have been following my work you know that Hunter Island has been my main focus, and also a pretty emotionally heavy project. As I mine my own past and try to excavate both the most emotionally powerful and cathartic stuff, I find myself being drawn to taking breaks and making work outside of that framework. It's about striking a balance in my practice: sometimes it's real talk, sometimes it can just be flowers. 

I was happy I decided to bring my watercolor kit with me to explore the Yuba. To be honest, I bring it everywhere but rarely actually get to painting. But this time the warm rocks and the cool water gave me a chance to just stare at the world and try to absorb and process some of the shapes and colors around me.  

You're Invited! Opening First Friday at Viscera

It's rare that I walk into a retail environment that has a truly cohesive visual theme. Viscera is an incredible little shop of monochromatic objects.  The owner, Ari, has an architecture background and a designer's eye - every time I go in the space looks different.  I'm excited to have my work shown alongside her tightly curated vision. 

To fit the space, I have created a custom body of work in grey scale. Printed on canvas and linen, my city and seascapes from my Hunter Island series will be shown in a new light. 

Here a few looks into my studio as I prepare for the show - hope you can make it!

Hunter Island comes to NYC.

Father's Day 2016. 

I flew into New York City from Oakland on the redeye. I flew over all the places I have been writing about and painting about in Hunter Island in just a few moments. 

Whenever I come back  I brace myself. I prepare for that feeling of being underwater, of being unable to breathe. That feeling which inspired this whole project. This time, strangely, that feeling did not come. 

This Father's Day, I had a plan.

I had 1000 feet of rope in my backpack and printed booklets of all work. I would go to a few of the locations most important to me and my dad: Roosevelt Island and North 8th Park.  I'd create buoys attached to the 1000 feet of rope and attach them to the places described in each booklet. In some way, I believe that in this gesture he is finding these buoys, floating 1000 feet above us in the alternate reality I have created for him. I also fear that this alternate reality is not so distant. That as artists we need to start preparing our work to be waterproof. Disaster-proof. To mark the stories and places most important to us in ways that will outlast us. 

I couldn't believe how quickly people started interacting with the work. This couple spent 10 minutes passing it back forth, talking about it, taking photos. 

They even left a note:

It made the whole trip, the whole project feel worth it. I can't wait to come back and do the rest.  

You can follow the progress of the project here: HUNTER ISLAND. 

What are Negative Paintings?

My method is best explained visually; 

 I start with a regular photo.

I start with a regular photo.

 I digitally invert the colors to get a negative, at this point the picture resembles a film negative.

I digitally invert the colors to get a negative, at this point the picture resembles a film negative.

 I simply paint what I see on this inverted photo. Sometimes I even do it "blind" and guess what the inverted colors would be. Helps to have a color wheel memorized.  

I simply paint what I see on this inverted photo. Sometimes I even do it "blind" and guess what the inverted colors would be. Helps to have a color wheel memorized.  

 This is the final print. I photograph the painting and then invert the colors again to get this. 

This is the final print. I photograph the painting and then invert the colors again to get this. 

Welcome!

It's International Women's Day! The digital marketer in me is super weary of these "social media holidays" but this one is pretty awesome.  Let's be proud, Kim K. #liberated and share with the world why we ladies are amazing. Minds, bodies, both, whatever.

For me, it's this website and finally sharing all the art stuff I've been making. 

To kick things off I'm offering 50% off everything in the shop starting with my most recent series from Joshua Tree. 

Also, here's a lady painting because #women. 

 New York Negatives, 2007

New York Negatives, 2007