Friday, January 2, 2015

Imperfect Circle

Artist Statement for the new series, Imperfect Circle.


The series mines what is not working, what has not been used, things that are seemingly “useless”, yet have been saved for years; it comes from a figurative cog. The work emulates a machine, underscoring the very human ability to put things back together in terms of a life, in terms of a workable fix, in terms of healing. The pieces are becoming a useful, engaging part of the whole. Created as a centering mechanism, the mandalas became something of a conceptual response to machinism. 


Thursday, December 25, 2014

My New Type

Actually it's a new twist on an old style of working. Gimme some glue and I'm a truly happy lady.

More of this work is on my Baker Artist Nomination / profile, which you can find here.


From the new series, Imperfect Circle...




From the new series, Swath...


Exhibitions SO FAR Away

Exhibitions scheduled in 2015, thus far:

HCC Faculty Exhibition
January 29 - March 22, 2015
Reception: February 5,  5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

(work undecided)

Eskhara
Jubilee Arts, Baltimore
August 4 - September 1, 2015
Reception: August 8, 4-6 pm


Proposal excerpt:

I propose an exhibition of watercolor paintings which reveal both the way in which I work -- the physicality of the medium -- as well as alluding to the psychological precursors to physicality. I have been working on this extended series since 2002 and have created over 600 paintings of varying sizes encompassing the subject of circles. However, rather than the subject matter itself, my focus is on the material relationship of art and trauma, more specifically art and healing psychological wounds or scars. Eskhara, from the Greek, for “scar”, references both physical scarring and scabbing, and literally means “hearth or fireplace”.*

*http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/scar?s=t


And one piece I know I want in this show:



Sunday, December 14, 2014

It's the Little Things

On the evening of December 4th...

I was at my student's exhibition earlier, so I ended up doing a lot of driving, fast walking and fast talking all over Maryland that night. I just missed the award ceremony at the Small Wonders exhibition reception by about two minutes. However, here is Marcus Civin's juror statement.

The good thing, is that it was a lovely, full show, there were friendly people to talk to, AND I received two merit awards for my work, one for each piece in the show (plus some money)!! That's very exciting and means I can buy something "for me" this winter.





Backtracking to the student show:




Student, Margaret (PJ) Kahlor, had this fantastic piece in the exhibition




Student, Anna Burgio, and her shadow art piece 
(dog biscuits make up the silhouette of the dog in the photo)




Student, Catherine Homens, sold her dragon piece at the exhibition!





Super Awesome! I'm very pleased with the showing from my 3D and Sculpture I students this semester!


And because I'm feeling a teeny bit liturgical AND braggy right now: My student, Catherine Homens, created this piece out of semi-precious stones, we laid it on the light table... and there she is, "Mother and Child" motif! This was created for the Sculpture I course, the directive being: to create a low-relief piece based on the work of Vik Muniz and their impression of the movie Wasteland. One of the other two students in the course sculpted the likeness of a young, female samurai warrior. Pretty fantastic as well, but here's the mosaic work of Catherine Homens.





This was possibly the most intense student work I've seen, to date (and it's hard to say that, seriously). She actually broke my grading system/principle of never giving a perfect, 100%. Way to learn how to complete a mosaic piece for the first time in your life, and in about three weeks, Catherine! Way. To. GO.


ETA: I think what I'm most excited about in teaching college (and can see literal proof of), is that many of them start exhibiting their work at my suggestion, and that they often ask for my recommendations on how to do so...that their work often sells and is marketable. It's almost too easy, but it's really because they're so talented. I'm lucky to be around such vibrancy for nine months of every year, I wish it were more...


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Next Up...

Small Wonders, national, juried exhibition...I'll have two sculptural pieces in the show!


One of the pieces, Things Fall Apart

 
What: Small Wonders (Marcus Civin, juror)
Where: Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis MD
When: Nov. 28 - Dec. 28, 2014
Reception: December 4, 6-8p



This is the third national juried exhibition at the Maryland Federation of Art, that my work has been accepted to. I've had really odd/good luck there, for some reason. I guess I like visiting Annapolis once in awhile too. The capitol building, straight-up, looks like a little doll house next to Wisconsin's state capitol (which was modeled after the nation's capitol). The difference is also: traveling a barely one-lane cobblestone circle drive, versus navigating a four-lane square with stop lights, off streets and chaos; a quaint, sleepy seaside town, versus the second largest metropolis in the state, etc. It very much tickles me.


I also got word about a week ago that I'll have a solo show in August at Jubilee Arts, in Baltimore! That's my neighborhood art center, and I've worked with them as a community artist before, so it's pretty exciting news for 2015 already!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Update, Lotta Art!

Hurray! My piece, Nightlife, was one of the first to go at the lottery drawing at School33. Got this photo with (one of) the art patrons who chose my piece!




Thanks so much, Nancy LeMay! 

It's always very exciting and rewarding for me, to participate in Lotta Art each year.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MOAR EXHIBITIONS




Rounding out the year, I'll have work in these upcoming exhibitions!


What: Lotta Art Benefit
 Where: School 33 Art Center, Baltimore MD 
When: Nov. 8, 2014
(Lottery-style drawing at 7:30p)



 Nightlife, above, will be at School 33


What: Small Wonders (National, Juried)
 Where: Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis MD 
When: Nov. 28 - Dec. 28, 2014 
Reception: December 4, 6-8p
(Open late for Midnight Madness)


I'll have work in the faculty show at HCC, but more on that in the new year, as it's not until February.



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Burning Ones

Sneak peek, new piece in my series, Spitfire...




Seraphim (Burning Ones)


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Community Arts / Teaching Portfolio

I have a fairly comprehensive Teaching Portfolio right now, and worked pretty hard to get there. Check it out!




It's mostly youth arts, but includes STEAM, language arts integration, community projects and my college student's work.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Absence Of

I have really been feeling a weight of loss, from all over, as of late. Without getting into it, the absence of people has been permeating my whole being, and I just feel morose. So I've been trying to shake it off or get this feeling the hell out of my body. Therefor I'm leaking again. Luckily I work in a field where insides are okay to be outsides sometimes.

This is an exemplar I made to show the 3D class for their project entitled, 'Word'...





Saturday, August 2, 2014

Been Artin' Around

I've been fairly busy for the past five weeks, but have images of some exhibition receptions, which I have been very late to post, so here we go...

First up is the Things That Scare Me Invitational at Howard Community College's Rouse Company Foundation Gallery. The reception was in the latter part of June, but the show just closed this past Sunday. I received some really incredible feedback ("powerful", "arresting") and spoke to many patrons who wanted to hear more about my piece. I am only sorry my second piece was not finished in time for the show, but I wasn't about to rush it. Also, I was in the show with Fahimeh Vahdat, who was one of my past painting professors in undergrad at MIAD. It's extra special when one is in a show with their professor, in my opinion.









 Fahimeh Vahdat in front of her piece






Next up, ALLOVERSTREET and ArtScape!

ALLOVERSTREET is a fun gallery/event walk that happens once a month in the East Oliver Street area. We were lucky to have our soft opening of GUTSY: Taking the Fear Factor Our of Feminism that same weekend, so we got tons of foot traffic that first night...I believe the attendance numbers for us were in the eighties...not too shabby.



Incidentally, the piece above was made by one of my former students at HCC, Ingrid Nuttle. Remember what I just said up there about showing with professors...well this way is even better for me!









my piece, Sole Intention


























Onto ArtScape, I have less photos of that because frankly, we were flyering for GUTSY the whole time and I was exhausted, what with my two jobs and playing Regional Coordinator that weekend. I did see some great acting and this little bit of stage fighting practice with The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, which I enjoyed...






the flyering team



and some backdoor shenanigans

More images of TFAP-B's events, and specifically, the Storytelling Circle with Power Inside are detailed here.

And just one, last, little reminder:

Join us 6-9 pm, at 440 E. Oliver Street in Baltimore!