Reading my entry from March 2021 of this blog, about the one year anniversary of Covid isolation, it seems so much has happened in the past year.
By the way, if you didn't know, this is not my first rodeo... you can read my blog from Turkey, Kloe Among the Turks, the year I had a Fulbright (and to be honest, the year my marriage fell apart). And then the aftermath of that time, Kloe Survives the A World, when I raised my kids as a single mom and tried to make it as an artist. Not always pretty. (But here's one of my favorite posts, from France.)
The past years have been awful: Trump, Covid, and now war in Europe. It is most unfair to my kids--I don't remember this kind of trauma when I reached young adulthood. But on a personal level, I've never been happier: living the in the desert, running an artist residency, making art, and creating Mojaveland. Something about letting go of expectations, and not caring the slightest what people think of me. Having a super supportive partner helps. When I look back at my coded Kloe entries, I remember the tremendous pain of that time.
1. Opened a big show at Mesa College with my desert buddy, Ben Allanoff.
2. We just signed the lease for an art studio in Palms Springs.
3. Got non-profit sponsorship for Mojaveland through the San Bernardino Arts Connection.
Anna does most of the writing. Ted does most of the photos. But sometimes we switch. We are repairing a distressed property in 29 Palms, California, and eventually hope to run an artist residency there.