The Adventures and Misadventures of a Neer Do Well Artist Living in Baltimore.

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I am a visual artist and writer living in Baltimore. I don't have any artist friends. Frankly, artists scare me, there so darn flaky. The above picture is either of me or proof that I'm a pretty decent artist. My goal is to be a self sufficient artist, whereas I wouldn't have to do something else in the day in order to eke out an existence. I also like to attend various cultural events around town. I go to plays, the symphony, etc. Also, I have Asperger's Syndrome. I found this out recently and it has explained a heck of a lot as to why I am as I am.

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Saturday, September 10, 2005

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Today, I moseyed on over to Johns Hopkins University to see the Eyes Wide Open exhibit which is sponsored by The American Friends Service Commitee. It is an exhibit that memorializes the lives lost in the Iraq war and occupation. The exhibit features pairs of boots memorializing each military personnel killed in Iraq as well as a field of shoes memorializing citizens who lost there lives.

As I was taking photos of the exhibit I looked around and noticed that I heard a familiar voice in the air announcing some of the names of the dead. The voice was that of the Reverend John Manwell of the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore. After he finished reading his section of names I should have went over to him and his wife and said, “Hi!” Unfortunately, I became afraid that I might do or say something stupid.

Below I've posted additional photos of the exhibit.

Today, I have on my infamous turquoise pineapple. It’s not really infamous for anything other than that I like to wear, a lot. I think I like to wear it because it’s studded with rhinestones. Anyway, I also have on stone washed denim shorts and beige leather flip flops.


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A man stands and stares at the symbolized devastation.

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This is a photo of one of the many fields of shoes representing civilian victims of the war. This one memorializes the children who died.

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Reverend John Manwell of the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore reads the names of fallen soldiers.

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A teddy bear in the field of boots.

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This is photo of the east side of the exhibit.

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The view from the north-west of JHU.

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The view from the south end of JHU.

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Blogger Maxson commented at 2:48 PM~  

Ok, this is really shallow considering the post subject matter, but what the hell is your "turqoise pineapple"? I have tried, but failed, to imagine what exactly it could be...

Blogger gail commented at 8:47 PM~  

It is a turquoise colored t-shirt I own that has a picture of a pineapple on it.

Blogger Steve commented at 6:43 AM~  

Stunning photos - very striking.

Oh... and the pineapple sounds nice too!

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