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January 1, 2021

To the Friends of Giraffe:

With 20/20 hindsight we bid a rapid farewell to a year best forgotten and look forward to what 2021 brings.

Our cover image this month is titled "Luscious" and is part of a new body of work that pushes the idea of identity further onto the body. Although still centered on A.I., these images are more... well, luscious says it all. You can recall all of the 2020 daily covers about how we responded to the pandemic by scrolling down to the bottom of the front page. A New Year, a New Optimism, A New Outlook.

We have two new !Brazen Hussy artists for you this month. We begin with Roco Nasty and "Own It" - this is music with an attitude, in your face and unapologetic. Next we bring you the Prado Museum's exhibition on Spanish Sexism.


Our Electronic Quill article this month is titled "Out There. Where?" It begins by asking if a fart flies, and goes on to question what we may look like Out There. Does Out There have a zip code, an algorithm, a password? How will we find each other, Out There?


Our section called "Other Voices" includes eMusings, yNot, Site of the Month, !Brazen Hussy, and Just Desserts.


eMusings: such a rich set of offerings to start the year! A Chinese theater clad in silk-like tattoos; Google's Blob Opera, asking for your participation; Thornton Dial's personal history along with his sculptures, and paintings; line and color exuberance from Martin Sati; Adrian Villa Rojas' massive public sculptures with their fragile undertones; Tamsin Van Essen brings sensuality to a new level in her ceramics; another ceramicist from Israel, Zemer Peled, creates magic with thousands of porcelain shards; a fresh look at Wassily Kandinsky's paintings; the American Institute of Architects tackles the ethics of designing chambers for solitary confinement and torture; one haunting 17th century portrait of a child that is difficult to forget; the secret history of Emily Hale, T.S.Eliot's muse; Jesus Curia masterfully applies negative spaces to his sculptures; the relentless and raw beauty of Lucille Clifton's poetry.


YNOT: Our Woman of the Month award for January goes to Gertrude Pridgett; you may know her better as Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues".


Don't forget that our outstanding women are permanently archived on their own page.


More on Ynot: the woman who coined the phrase Fairy Tales and wrote some gems herself; "Sisters with Transistors" looks at women in the field of electronic music; Buddhist nuns teaching themselves severe martial arts; free wedding outfits for financially challenged brides in India; Augusta Savage, the only woman invited to create art for the 1939 World's Fair; Mitham Lam, first woman allowed to practice law in India's Bombay High Court; increased risk of heart problems for Black mothers; women in Kashmir demand compensation for abusive marriages; Rita Dove, Poet Laureate Consultant to the Library of Congress; home evictions creating a "she-cession"; Dame Ethel Smyth, one of the U.K.'s most celebrated composers.


Giraffe's Site of the Month - Christina Bothwell fuses glass and clay into hyper-real forms like nothing we have seen before.


New Digital Paintings: 5 new digital paintings, with a more sensual and organic touch. They are being fabricated in a brand-new setting that matches the titles like "Succulent" and "Leafy Green Desire".


New Blobs: 4 new blobs (digital models) that tap into the beauty of 3 dimensional forms.


3D print news: the world of 3D printing is on the cusp of an explosive breakout all over the planet. From Israel to Abu Dhabi, Netherlands to the U.K., the possibilities of this radical process are upending standard manufacturing practices. We guide you to a few of the innovative projects taking place: a revolution in biofabrication with a 3D printer that is sound-based; another milestone with turbine parts printed in orbit and returned to earth; a robot arm that is also a laser engraver, 3D printer, and A.I. assistant all in one; Dubai's first 3D printed office building; an in-depth look at the solder paste used in 3D printing; an analysis of two common types of build plates; a detailed examination of how M.I.T. researchers came up with a process to 3D print glass; Europe's largest 3D printed building; reconstructing lunar dust so that it is breatheable and fuel-ready; 3D printed microbots that can deliver medicines to patients during surgery; France's Endowment Fund encourages innovation in 3D printing cosmetics and perfumes; a Deep Learning Conference speaks of developing "organoids" that can create human organs for transplanting using quantum-enabled learning methods.


Diversions for Difficult Times:

I cannot resist showing you this image that appeared recently on NBC

with this 3D printed sculpture that I created 7 years ago.

The human species got a sputnik-style kick in the pants this year from covid 19, but we have pulled together with, at this writing, two viable vaccines. We can take pride in that gargantuan effort, with thanks to all of those who made it happen.

With warm regards from your friend, the Giraffe.

c. Corinne Whitaker 2021