Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Something that seems adjacent to my art practice, but is really much more integrated, is my relationship with trauma. I had some extra time this semester and paid for something I really wanted and really needed. I took a series of five classes which resulted in a Certified Trauma Practitioner (CTP-Clinical) designation. I received the certification from The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children yesterday, but completed my work on Mother's Day. Kismet.

How this will work into my community arts practice will be another story, but for now I am very proud and content with how far I have come.

All for you, mom...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Angsty Arts

Watercolors, for peace of mind (just a few of the many postcard size pieces I have been making lately)...

Monday, February 27, 2017

A Real Success!

The TFAPB Metallurgy Mavens at ToolBank event was such a great time! We had so much support from so many avenues! We also had a professional photographer and these are a little snippet of more to come...check em out! http://marlaynaphotography.zenfolio.com/tfapb-2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

Metallurgy Mavens - TFAPB at ToolBank!

In addition to a few watercolor on paper pieces for the exhibition, these two rowhouse pieces will be up for silent auction from me!

Make sure to get a FREE ticket for this TFAPB event on the 25th! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/metallurgy-mavens-tfap-b-member-show-tickets-31431480404

Monday, February 6, 2017

Work's Up!

Sweet spot on the wall, for my work at the Faculty Exhibition...

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Interview with Project GirlSpire!

Find it here

Very pleased to be contacted by Project GirlSpire through The Feminist Art Project - Baltimore for this interview. It was kind of tough to do! It took a lot of way-back remembering and sort of displacing myself from my current self (!) A completely weird, mildly uncomfortable, and very exciting experience! I also found it rather therapeutic, especially since I am currently, (slowly) taking trauma-informed practitioner courses. So that, in itself, is a reflection on my experience.

The toughest part of the interview might have been the top five musical selection. I had to really think back to what was on my mixtapes in my car at that time...heh. No easy task, and I had to do a lot of cross-referencing to see what album from a particular artist came out during or before that year. Yikes. I think I achieved a pretty accurate representation in the end though. I also loved reminiscing about Anne of Green Gables. If I were 5 or so years younger, it would have been Buffy all the way. I think Anne Shirley is a pretty good precursor to Buffy Summers though...

Anyway, check that out, please!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Mail Art Maven


I've always loved the idea of art that travels, art that picks up the scuffs and marks made by the actual process of mailing things. In fact, some of my first listed exhibitions, waaay back were mail art exhibitions. I am still very excited about the idea of mail art and what it can encompass.

Here are some new mail art pieces that have already been sent away!

AND I will be guest artist (subbing) for a local arts center soon, and we came up with some great ideas in regards to my love of mail art and paper. They want me to really run with it...


Sunday, January 22, 2017

All Things February!

I'm going to drop all of the graphics & details below

What: Faculty Exhibition, invitational
Where: Howard Community College, Columbia MD
When: January 12 - March 19, 2017
Reception on February 2, 5-7pm

 I'll have three pieces in this show.

What: Metallurgy Mavens, TFAPB invitational
Where: Baltimore Community ToolBank, Baltimore
When: February 25, 6-9pm (one night only!)

 I will have work in this show, but I'm not sure what yet, but I think it will be 3D work.


And lastly, TFAPB's Curator-In-Residence, Aimi Bouillon has her first of two exhibitions this year, with an opening on February 3rd...

What: Feminism Fights Military Morals
Where: Ballroom Gallery, Baltimore MD
When: February 3 - February 18, 2017
Reception on February 3, 7-10pm

Thursday, January 5, 2017


I just got back from dropping my work at HCC for the Faculty Exhibition this year. This photo is wicked bad, but the lighting was so low in there, even with the flash. Anyway, I decided on three of my Time pieces, which utilize yarn to create line (time-lines).

Here are the details!

The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery
HCC Faculty Exhibition
January 12-March 19
Reception: February 2, 5:00-7:00pm

Monday, January 2, 2017


Happy New Year!

I feel the urge/enjoyment to write again! 

Can I say that I had a catharsis on Christmas day, in writing my (long overdue, long feared) victim impact statement? Yes, yes I did. I stopped at the top edge of the landing in my stairwell when I was finished, and I let out a deep, emptying, full-bodied sigh. And just as I looked up, the sunlight rose sharply, as it does sometimes, and it dramatically cut off the shadows in the stairwell below. It lit that shit UP. I felt a moment of such great relief. I felt as if I had received a little bit of grace from the Universe. It was so beautiful that I could have cried, but I smiled instead.

Moth to a flame, I get closer to the light.

#getoutamyway #BIGLY2017 ;) #mothsgetburnedtho #hopingforthebest


I am getting prepared to start work(s) again this week (BOOOO). I really relished having a few weeks off to decompress and (try) to relax. If you know me at all, you know this is a monumental task, and pretty much all vacations are wasted on me. And usually I find that my "vacations" are really my brain shutting off because it can't take anymore. In November/December, I wasn't quite to the stress level of the grad school shut downs -- where I would often find myself/"wake up" in a completely silent room staring at the blank wall in front of me, recalling no distinguishing thoughts, and realizing the clear passage of time -- but it was not the best that I have felt.

SO, that brings me again to "Time". I am getting ready to drop off my three pieces to the annual Faculty Exhibition at my college job this week. They will be from the unfinished-ish (? possibly, as my views on Time might morph/grow again, and then the series will be finished) series Of Essence and Time.

I would show you some images, but honestly, I have been altering them a tad. If it's an invitational, and I have not been accepted to a show based on specific work...there is a high probability that the pieces I have my eye on will be drastically (or minimally) changed in the final weeks up to the drop-off. With time, I can see what they need and get it done in one, bold, stroke. I already made my dramatic move on one of the pieces. None of them is safe!

I'll post images of the work as soon as they are more/newly/completely finished. I still have a few days of brooding and indecision over them all. One piece might even get switched out for another, last minute. That's how I roll (actually I am rarely ever indecisive, but choosing the art or the images for the portfolios takes A LOT of time and back-and-forth, on my part).

I'll have some moremoreMORE notable things coming up in the first few months of the new year, and I hope you do too. Cheers!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Homes

Some new rowhouse pieces from me...a few are months old but, the purple shiny one (below) is brand new! These are affordable, ready to hang, and available for purchase on my website, here.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Neon Fruits of Labor

Almost every Fall session I get some kind of a seasonal present from a student near the end of the semester...food stuff, a nice card, home made soap last year...and this year, BAM, paint. Backstory is that I went wild for this color paint she had, and said I wanted to lick it...and then I had to explain to everyone about my thing with color and consumption, and that if I want to lick it, it's good; rich, deep, robust are all foodie words too. As someone else postulated/inquired to me, "Why do you think they call it having good taste in art?". Ah, touche.

Anyway, this paint was given to me and I painted with it yesterday and I love it. Of course, the photograph will never do the color justice and I am not finished with it yet, but...mmmm, neon purple. *slurp*

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Anatomy of a Mind Through Song

Been a pretty emotional few months for me...and I'm not sure I have all the words yet, so I can't quite translate to visuals yet...which seems backwards, but it's the way things often work for me.

Anyway, here are the recent, perpetual songs on repeat for me. Maybe if I collect them I will see something in their entirety.

Is She Weird - The Pixies
Sea Lion - Sage Francis
John Finn's Wife - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Drink Before the War - Sinead O' Connor
Bad Blood - Bastille
Furnace Room Lullaby - Neko Case & Her Boyfriends
Radio-Friendly Unit Shifter - Nirvana
and for dancey-ness, Starboy - The Weeknd

Friday, December 23, 2016


I have a feeling I'll be doing a lot of writing this winter break, so you might just be getting a barrage of posts in a big chunk here soon, but in the meantime...


 Because, NUTcrackers  ;)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Studio Stuff

In cleaning my studio, I am reminded of all the fun/cool stuff all around the room. This is a pairing on my art closet door, with the work of D. Garzelloni. I haven't seen it in awhile because that corner was blocked from view for several months. But I unloaded all of my large boxes onto my students for their cardboard chair projects, so the area is again free and clean.

Hello, my old friends...

 ...and with the broken heart...omg, Universe! Yeah, I see you.