Important

Hey everyone.

If you submitted to the exhibition I co-curated, please check your art when it’s returned. An artist who was part of the exhibit found that her work had been damaged. Apparently, they were putting adhesive on the back of the artwork without my knowledge (and tearing it off).

If your work was damaged, I recommend sending an email to Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. If they don’t respond, reach out to me and I’ll give you an email to contact.

If they ever hold another conference like this, I don’t recommend submitting to it. You won’t get paid, whoever is curating it won’t be properly reimbursed (and in the unlikely event that they are, it won’t be in a timely manner), and there’s a good chance your art will be damaged.

I’m so, so sorry about this everyone. I’m upset and…I’m enraged. This isn’t right. YOU DON’T F*CKING DO THIS TO ARTISTS!

I know I was going to post a few more interviews before taking a short break, but I just can’t. I’m exhausted, completely exhausted, people. I’m so sorry. I need to get reimbursed for my travel and I need to make sure they don’t f*ck over the artists who were part of this show. I need to make sure this artist gets a proper apology (it’s the least she deserves).

Interviews will resume in July.

Again, I’m so, so sorry about this.

See all of you in July.

Sorry and an Update

Hi all!

I know I’ve been super inactive for a while. I’m going to explain part of the reason why.

I went to the art show in Vancouver in April. It went really well. We had a lot of great submissions and showed some beautiful art.

Me subtly being Lady Loki at an academic event

I thought the panel on writing was also really well put together. Everyone was very nice and I was super happy with how it went overall.

Then I got home and the university started trying to back out of paying me for my flight home (something that was agreed upon beforehand). I still have yet to be reimbursed for my flight home and it was not cheap. It was the cheapest I could get and it still cost a lot of money.

Because I don’t know when or if they’re going to reimburse me (like they said they would), and because I have to start traveling to more cons to sell my own series, I’ve had to get a side hustle to off-set the costs of travel. I like my job, it’s a good albeit challenging part-time gig, but it frequently leaves me feeling tired. I’m still adjusting to it.

The reason why this has affected my work on Asexual Artists: I’m just tired, people. I’m worn out and I feel so used. I know I mentioned I was struggling with feeling burned out in an earlier post. This situation has just pretty much just doused whatever embers I had managed to reignite during the weeks I took off. I put a lot of time into this art show, time and emotional energy, and I feel like the university took advantage of that. I hate saying that because again, the people I met were incredibly nice. I got to meet a friend from online for the first time ever and that was thrilling.

I don’t often cry, but this actually made me cry. Because they didn’t just take advantage of my time, they took advantage of me monetarily. I feel so damn stupid for not asking for the travel costs up front. I should have done that (if I ever do something even remotely like this again, I will definitely learn from that mistake). I’m hurt and angry, but mostly I’m just tired.

I have interviews that need to be uploaded and scheduled and I’m going to do that, but I really need to take the month of June off. I really need some time for myself, to do the things I enjoy doing, to let loose and unwind a bit. I need to put work into my own projects.

I hate saying that because I know how important this site is to people, but I’m a human being. I can be hurt and I need breaks too. I love this site and I love that people get so much from it (I hate that there are people who take advantage of it and of me, but I know they’re a very small minority).

I’m going to try my best to dredge up the energy to upload and schedule the small batch of interviews that have been sitting in my inbox for months now. I’m really trying my best, people.

Again, I’m going to be taking the month of June off. However, I will still respond to any emails that are sent to me (so keep sending interview requests, please).

If you’re interested in my travels during June (or just want to keep up with me, I will be posting pictures on my Instagram (laurenjankowski27) and Twitter (lauren_jankowsk).

Thanks, everybody! I hope to bounce back soon 🙂

Asexual Artists Assemble: More Announcements

Hello all!

I have a super exciting announcement and I’m so incredibly giddy about it.

Asexual Artists Panel at C2E2

C2E2 is one of the largest conventions in Chicago. I try to go every year because I like the atmosphere and a lot of my friends attend. One thing that has always bugged me is the lack of asexual representation. I decided to submit my “Where are the Asexual Voices?” panel this year. I didn’t think anything would come of it because they are always inundated with such amazing panels. But it couldn’t hurt to try.

Imagine my surprise when I received an email that said the panel had been accepted. “Where are the Asexual Voices” is going to be presented at C2E2 this year!

I am in an absolute state of shock. Wow. I am going to do my very best to bring more attention to asexual creators and I am going to give it my all. I plan to do a similar presentation to what I did at WisCon: a PowerPoint of the art from this site and a handout of links. Oh my god, I have so much work to do.

Oh my god, I wish I could properly explain just how massive this convention is. It’s the biggest one I do all year and the attendance is bigger every year. I’m so nervous, but I will do my best. If you’re in the Chicagoland area and are going to be attending, please try to stop by.

*I still have to update my appearances schedule on all my sites, including this one. So keep an eye on the scheduled appearances (I won’t find out the time and place of the panel until January 22nd I believe, but I will post the information once I receive it).


 

WANTED: More interviewees!

As you’ve probably noticed, I’m once again running low on interviewees. Please, keep spreading the word about this site to all the ace-identifying artists you know.

Remember: all experience levels (professional, student, aspiring) and all fields are welcome on this site.  Writers, visual artists, performance artists (dancers, actors, models, etc.), musicians (singers, playing instruments, etc.), and whatever else you can think of.

If you want to be interviewed, or have any questions, please send me an email: laurenjankowski27@gmail.com

Asexual Artists Assemble! An Update

Hello wonderful amazing aces!  I hope you’re all well and your muses are singing sweet songs.

This aro-ace feminist has been quite busy and I am really excited to show followers (1400+, insert excited scream here) the newly updated site.  So let’s get right to it.

NEW PAGES!

I went through 120+ links over the past couple days and tried to weed out any dead links.  Then I divided them based on medium and alphabetized them based on the artist’s name (except for the writers page:  members of Pack of Aces are listed first).

Artists Links will still have all the artists who have been interviewed by Asexual Artists (organized chronologically), but now if you’re looking for a particular kind of artist, you have that option.

The new pages are as follows:

You can find the links at the top of the page.

I’ve done this on both the WordPress site and the Tumblr site.  Artists who work in different mediums are listed on both pages (so if you’re a writer and a visual artist, you are on both pages).

Visual Artists: If you do commissions, please send me an email (laurenjankowski27@gmail.com) and let me know so I can indicate that in your entry.

Writers:  If you want me to list the genre you work in, please send me an email and tell me your genre.

All Artists: If you have any links you want added to your entries, email me.  If you want to be listed on another page (or taken off one), please email me.  These sites are constantly refined and updated, so don’t be afraid to make any requests.

Anyhow, I hope everyone likes these updates and finds the site easier to navigate.  I do pour all my blood, sweat, and tears into these sites.  So I hope I’m doing some good.


 

MORE ARTISTS NEEDED!

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been low on interviewees lately.  In fact, after tomorrow, I have no one else scheduled.  I’m always looking for more ace artists to interview.  Come on, aces, don’t be shy.  All artists on the asexual spectrum are welcome here.  Established and aspiring artists are both welcome.

If you’ve already been interviewed, please keep signal boosting this site and letting everyone know about it.  If you know any asexual artists, please tell them about this site.  I would absolutely love to interview them.

Thank you, everyone!