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Each month we publish a newsletter listing the contents of the current giraffe.com with links to each section. The newsletter is sent to a select group who have asked to be included. If you would like to receive it the day of publication, simply email me at giraffe@giraffe.com. For those of you who do not get the newsletter immediately, here is a copy.

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January 1, 2022

To the Friends of Giraffe:

Today we begin our 44th year in digital imaging and 28th year online. Be sure to mark your calendars for May 5, the opening reception for our solo exhibition at the Monterey Museum of Art. We are planning some high jinks and visual joy. We hope to see many of you there.

Our cover image this month is titled Yin Meets Yang, and continues our experimentation with large lighted boxes, 48" x 24".

The Luxembourg Museum has just awarded us a 2nd Certificate of Artistic Merit.

Our Electronic Quill article this month is titled "Two Lip Rings Looked Llke Fangs". This is what can happen when you create lyrics using A. I. (Artificial Intelligence). Again, using A.I., we reversed the process to create images from words. Prying, bully instincts, artificial products built from our own preconceptions - we shine a light of inquiry onto what we are creating. "I be going dumb. I be going retard". Is this who we are?

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

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eMusings: "Precise Mathematical Paintings" that look like layers of glass; how it feels to have your finger on the nuclear button that could wipe out the planet; female torsos in voluptuous colors; a rare 17th century portrait of two female companions, one black and the other white; sculpture that looks like whipped cream; Rebus, making music by moving your body and hands; Lucien Freud paints a nude self portrait and then denies it; Zaha Hadid's lyrical architecture appears in the Arab world; laser-cut elaborate paper compositions; sculptures that rise from the floor and seem part animal, part human; some glorious moments in the career of Stephen Sondheim, who passed away recently at the age of 91.

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YNOT: Our Woman of the Month award for January goes to bell hooks, trailblazing black poet, scholar, feminist, and social critic.

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

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More on Ynot: a 19th century artist born without arms or legs; China's Dancing Nannies face restrictions; France's L'Auto still refuses to admit women as members; the truth about supermodels and their denigrating world; New York City gets its first female police chief; revealing the female editors of Shakspeare's works, previously ignored by male historians; a prestigious High School in Maryland finally wakes up to its abusive teacher and coach; Norway's beach volleyball women can now stop wearing bikinis. sort of; a family of women opens 3 restaurants in the Washington, D. C., area to protest the subjugation of women under the Taliban in Afghanistan; women doctors find that they earn considerably less than their male counterparts; a new feminist version of George Orwell's "1984" novel, this one called "Julia"; Madam C. J. Walker moves her family from slavery to successful entrepreneurship; a Tik Tok gesture saves a teenager's life.

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Giraffe's Site of the Month - Ernesto Neto builds mammoth crocheted worlds for you to walk through.

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New Digital Paintings: we continue our exploration into large paintings, 48" x 24", in lighted boxes. You might call my process litigation and mitigation, as I am constantly challenging the images, and changing them to meet my never-ending demands.

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New Blobs: 4 new blobs (digital models) created with powerful CAD/CAM programs. The forms this month seem to arise from a moth and a butterfly. Or rather, butterflew, because whatever they are is always evolving.

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3D Print News - a portable bioprint bandaid patch for injuries in space; Iowa gets an entire 3D printed neighborhood; a disinfecting blue light removes the necessity for a clean room; frozen 3D printed biotissue that can be stored in the freezer; human muscle cells sent into space and electrically zapped; a biocompatible cranioplasty implant printed and surgically inserted on site; a 3D printed ear for children born with malformed ears; a bioplastic material that heals itself at room temperature using lights; MIT scientists win an award for an "Illusory Material"; a fitness app called "Supernatural" that takes you to foreign lands while you exercise; a new robotic hand with a grip inspired by geckos; 3D printed mineral foam replaces concrete in construction; France uses bricks made of hemp mixed with water and lime for construction.

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Diversions for Difficult Times

Some inspired streaming choices for you:

"Marshall", on Netflix, unfortunately stopping on December 31, an excellent biopic of the Supreme Court Justice.

"That Day We Sang", on Amazon Prime, an oddball charmer with music and dance about love in middle age. It will leave you smiling.

Let's raise our glasses to a very welcome New Year, sharing our joy that 2021 is finally behind us. Things will get better!

With warm regards from your friend, the Giraffe.

c. Corinne Whitaker 2022