Getting a bit personal

March 01, 2023

Lola Erhart, Cuerpo Sutil, 2022. Seen at Abbozzo Gallery

Well, hello friends!

It's been a minute since the last time I wrote and, believe me, I've missed blogging. 

You may be wondering, who blogs now?

To my own dismay, apparently I am one of those kids who grew up with the internet and who learned to think in blog form. So here we are: Twenty-something years later, still blogging as a way to make sense of the world. 

Before moving onto the art talk, I wanted to pause for a minute and reflect on how this site started and where it's going. 

View from "Something Like Arriving" - Inaugural show at The Next Contemporary

If you've been following for a while, you know that back in 2018 I started visiting an art show a week and, inspired by that, in the summer of 2019 Artifier briefly launched as an event directory for the visual arts in Toronto. And so, when all events were cancelled in 2020, I inevitably had to put a pause on this project and think of what to do next. 

Over the past few years I've learned a lot about the local art scene and I'm now happy to say I've even made some friends along the way. 

I love being part of this community, even if it's to play the role of the person who is devotedly documenting and sharing the art shows she visits. 

During this time, I've also lost and found my voice more than a handful of times. 

You see, I don't speak art. I don't have a fancy degree in Art History or Curatorial Studies. 
English is not even my first language!

The pressure is high. 

But it is in those moments when I go back to a phrase that I use as a creative compass: 

Think of why you started. 

Installation by Karl Skene at Geary Art Crawl, February 2022

Which takes us to this moment and this new iteration of the blog. 

I started Artifier because I wanted to talk about the art I see and share it with others, and I want to continue doing just that. 

I will be the first to admit my way of writing might be way too conversational and simple. And I'm ok with that. There are amazing art magazines specialized in art reviews and criticism (which is super important, don't get me wrong!) but I'm happy to be a soft landing and a conversation starter in which art experts and new art-goers can find some common ground. 

I'm happy to build this house. Brick by brick. Word by word. Post by post, and let it take whatever shape it wants to take. These days I'm less concerned about the idea of perfection and more excited about the journey.

You're welcome to join along the way. 

Lots of gratitude.


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