Monday, February 4, 2013

Rant, rave, rationalize, reluctantly reconcile

In the past few days I have lost a monumental amount of faith in humanity and the systems put in place to govern it. I don't really know how else to write about this without sounding like a super intensely negative person with nothing else to do but complain - so don't hold this against me. Usually I'm quite optimistic, believing that good always eventually overcomes evil and never getting too worked up about those that do me wrong. Lately I've been different. It started with a string of bad customer service encounters and manifested in a $207 fine on an unmoving, extraordinarily delayed train, for having one foot resting on the edge of the seat in front of me. Not being able to express the injustice of this to half-witted train inspectors really crushed my optimistic spirit, so, I let them have it, as articulately as possible. I never let anyone have it. I didn't know myself. It felt good, but it still felt bad, because I knew no matter how well I articulated this injustice, I would never be able to convince the people responsible of my basic, human, logic. When they left the fine with me and finally walked away, I burst into tears, embarrassing, uncontrollable, tears. It was like when you got into trouble as a child but you didn't actually do anything wrong and you knew that in your heart of hearts, and not being able to make  your parents see that was just soul destroying. This time though, my parents were on my side, and my soul was still destroyed. I know that there are much larger injustices in the world that the one I have undergone, but it sure has got me thinking about them. settle

My life isn't all devils and big, burly halfwits in oversized trench coats though, I have come across some real gems amongst the crap. Louise Klerks, for example, who is curating the South Warf Promenade Window at the Docklands (The show I'm in at the moment) has been a monumental help over the past two days installing my work - including actually sewing pieces on my fabric works. Jon Campbell, of course, I rehearsed with him today for Pamela's next gig at the National Gallery of Victoria (23rd of Feb!) The lady who complimented me on my skirt this morning, and my *boyfriend* (there, I said it) Louis for being proud of me and returning from his Japanese mountaintop so we could go out for dinner and watch Twin Peaks.

After crying on the phone to my Mum about the injustice I sent her a message about how I planned to get revenge. She sent back a message that said "Contact Current Affair, make a Facebook page of wrongful fines.. or just get on with your successful life. That'll show em!" And I know she's right.

On that note, I have a REALLY EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE which is that I have a solo show at WESTSPACE in February! (Westspace is an Artist Run Space located in Melbourne, Australia) And it is only the most exciting thing ever! It opens on the 21st of February and boy do I have a lot of work to do before then! All I will reveal for now is that the title of the show is 'Holiday Inn'. DO DO DO DO DO P.S I have wanted to say for ages that I am so sorry that I am bad at replying to your comments. Some of you mentioned that you couldn't download my playlists and that I should use 8tracks. I think this is a much better idea and will do it next time! Thank you always for reading and commenting and I love each and every one of you, cos like the Brady Bunch you make the world a whole lot brighter.


Another bright spark in my life <3 span="">

Outfit for getting a train fine
Another bright spark, these Dahlias near Jon's house <3 span="">
This is the single best thing in the entire universe.
Me (very tired) and my work at SWP window. There are three more *new never before seen* fabric works hanging in the windows there, you should go check it out! Or, come to our closing party on the 1st of March (More details soon!) <3 span="">

8 comments:

  1. MINNA you are great great great and don't let them get you down, girl!!!!

    I think I know a bit about how you feel - a few months ago I went through this whole phase where almost everything that everyone said seemed either super sexist or racist or just generally dumb and it translated into this depressed moping and scribbling drivel all over my diary... ugh

    But anyway, the moral of the story is that by thinking about all the positive stuff (like the fact that a few of my *dude friends'* views about stuff have shifted to be more equal and maybe they even seem to be INTERESTED IN FEMINISM?!) it was easier to accept all the yucks inherent in the way that humans were wired.

    Anwyay. Hope that you are much better now!!! Congrats on your show - if I know anyone going to Melbourne I will definitely tell them to go and give it a look!!!!

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    1. Hey Victoria! Thank you for your lovely comment, sorry I'm so late replying. Yeah! I know, you are totally right. Just gotta dust yourself off and hold your head high. I am so glad some of your dude friends are seeing sense! :D Love Minna xoxox

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  2. The exact same thing happened to me an louise on the tram the other day! We had just hopped on and gone like one stop and these plain clothed officers got us! It was so upsetting because they make you feel like a criminal and they all stand around you and corner you and make everyone around look at you. My mum also send s me txt like that when im angry! Hahahah

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    1. Oh no! they got you too :( I get SO SO angry about it! I am crazy. But yeah they use bullying tactics and stuff, it so so ain't cool. It's only like this in Melbourne.. in NY they don't have ticket inspectors at all and each ride on the subway is like $2. Heaven!! XXX

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  3. Oh man, those officers should be tracking down real criminals and not just hopping at the next opportunity to the next oerson they see.

    Congrats again for the millionth time!! I love your outfit also and if you get even more work plz come to sydney!!!

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    1. arggghhhh I know, I hate them so so much! Like I am soooo not a trouble maker, I am a productive member of society! haha.. ohhhh welll!!!

      Yes, would love to show in Sydney soon! Going to keep my eyes and ears out :) :) :) XXX Minna

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  4. OH MY GOODNESS WHEN IS YOUR SHOW I AM TOTALLY COMING TO SEE IT!!!!

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    1. Hey Katia!! it opens on Thursday the 21st of Feb at 6pm (till 8pm) at West Space on Bourke Street. It is on until March 16th! :) :)

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