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Beth Pickens knows Your Art Will Save Your Life.

Books that change us are rare, and those of us who adore books read and read and read and read and READ to find those lucky, magic tomes.

Beth Pickens wrote a lucky, magic tome, and it’s called Your Art Will Save Your Life.

Beth describes her background working in the arts, nonprofits, administration, and counseling — and how that combination resulted in the very specific art consulting work she now does.  Check out her workshops, her book, and her pamphlets (Making Art During FascismOn Artists and Hopelessness!), then listen in to our conversation below.

“You will make work that has an enormous impact on someone. You may never meet or hear from them, but someone will encounter a work you make and it will do something transformative for them. They will be grateful you exist, thankful you made the work and let it be out in the world. In order to get there, to let your work reach the people who need and want to experience it, you have to be of service to it. You have to make it, yes, and you also have to support its life after it’s no longer your private experience. This takes enormous generosity.” — Beth Pickens, Your Art Will Save Your Life

Beth Pickens and I talk about:

+ why giving up the things that give you meaning in life miiiiight not be the answer to the current political climate

+ why Beth *doesn’t* consider herself an artist, even though she’s written a book

+ the results of living in a ‘digital climate’

+ the inescapable nature of the news and how that impacts your life

+ how to stay woke but also function and have fun (Is that even allowed?)

+ how to engage politically *and* maintain your creative practice

+ how to be less scared of grant-writing and getting funding for your art

+ asshole brain thoughts every artist shares

+ the importance of starting and building a local, IRL community for every artist ever.

…and a bunch of podcasts, books, and other works that are inspiring her right now.

Named in our interview: Women’s Center for Creative Work, The Explosion Chronicles by Yan Lianke, the Girls Always Happy film by Yang Mingming, Dynasty Handbag’s Weirdo Night, and the You Must Remember This podcast.

Follow Beth on Instagram, then check out her work and pick up a book or pamphlet on her website (Author photo credit: Amos Mac.)

P.S.  Want to meet another amazing author?  Alexandra Franzen is the best.

This is part of it.

You know that thing where, once you’ve experienced an event, your brain gets a bit of distance and can safely pretend it was easy the whole time?

Like you were just born winning, and then you nailed it, and after that you crushed it, and then it was a field of victories, trophies, and achievements from there on out?

Yah, this is not that.

I made two podcasts for you — one before the Steer Your Ship retreat, and one after — so I wouldn’t be giving you the #crushingit story without the part where I trampled mums at Trader Joe’s and yelled at Bear and cried in the car and wanted to call the whole thing off. (You know, standard practices of the Winning Is All I Do Club.)

If you have a hard thing coming up and you wonder how you’ll manage? This is for you.

If you’ve ever broken down and wondered how anyone could ever love you, for any reason? YUP.

If you’ve ever survived a thing — and that thing opened you in new and profound ways you couldn’t have anticipated — that’s in these podcasts, too.

It’s all part of it.

The anticipation, the doubt, the weeping, the knowing, the doing, the feeling more alive than before and also more tired than ever before. The both/and.

This is part of it.

Steer Your Ship returns in 2020!

🛳 Get on the advance notice list below so you’ll be the first offered the spots available!

P.S.  Stop the Overwhelm.  And stop self sabotage while you’re at it.

The Personal and the Political

In this episode of That’s What She Said, we talk about making art when assholes are in power, bridging the gap between ‘professional’ and political, using versus spending your privilege, and the fine art of channeling fury into fuel.

“…this is your life and you can’t put it on hold because assholes are in power. Assholes, after all, have always been in power.” — Beth Pickens, Your Art Will Save Your Life

When I get fired up, I write poems. This is the one that come out today.

Dear Casey,

I’m sorry this is how you’ll turn 18,
with a man who brags about grabbing pussy
as President.

I’m sorry the adults in the room haven’t managed
to topple the systems of oppression
we were born supporting.

I’m sorry for your trans friends who are being
quite literally eliminated today, as if they never existed,
as if they can be erased as easily as a penciled-in promise.

I’m sorry we haven’t figured out
how to make ‘invisible’ labor visible
or overcome capitalism in order to save the planet.

I’m sorry your children will drown in plastic
and possibly fascism. I’m sorry we couldn’t.
Didn’t.

Won’t.

P.S. Joy is an act of resistance.