Sunday, November 28, 2010

Lucky Thirteen

I have always had an affinity for odd numbers, and the number 13 has always been lucky for me, especially. On that note, I am participating in my 13th exhibition this year at Liz Lerman Dance Exchange for their Holiday Extravaganza. This is Alexis Iammarino's host site this year, and 'MACA Team Awesome' were all graciously invited to show our work during their open house in early December.

What I'll be exhibiting in Takoma Park, Maryland, from the Continuum Series:









It's very exciting to participate in this many shows while also working 32 hours per week and finishing a masters degree. Who says I can't do it all....cuz clearly, I can.


Sometimes mistakes are good...


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dream Weavers

Contemporary Dream Catchers made by House of Ruth Maryland youth. (one of them is mine, and I won't tell you which, but it is not the awesomest one here.)

Young residents are encouraged to embrace the activities and ritual experiences of other cultures, while exploring their own ideas of safety and protection.

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Bit About The Past

In the previous post, I mentioned my thesis concept for the rest of this school year. I have quite a bit of a past with the 'silent scream'. It has literally been a constant theme that I have come back to throughout the years in my paintings. In fact, I have made quite a few posts regarding the subject during the last three years that I've written this blog. As you can see in this particular post, I used much of the dialogue as fodder for my current vision and artist statement...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Been Real Busy

Hey Peeps! I've been extremely busy with my site work for House of Ruth Maryland as well as trying to think of what my thesis work will encompass next semester. I will be working on my thesis proposal this weekend, but until then, here is my vision statement as well as my artist statement so far:

Vision Statement

My aim is to help illustrate the issues of domestic violence by creating a narrative surrounding the themes of fear and helplessness. To give voice to those who are living in constant fear of reprisal through the visual theme of ‘silent screams’. I will aggressively fight domestic violence by shining a light on the subject through my art, specifically through the mediums of painting and printmaking. I hope that survivors will gain voice, empowerment and recognition without carrying the stigma of weakness, and without the continued threat of emotional and physical violence by others.

Artist Statement

If they cannot sing, they scream.
Survivors of Domestic Violence long for a voice, having had their sense of self insidiously belittled and beaten out of them. The silent scream is the subject of my newest pieces, and of my continued goal to fight domestic violence pictorially. What a silent scream says is louder, more terrifying and more wounded than a scream with sound could ever be. What I aim to portray in this suite of images is but a mere moment of silent terror where many DV victims live daily. Even though the scream is wholly silent, it encapsulates a terrifying narrative that explains fear, helplessness and living in a state of continued mental and physical abuse at the hands of someone else.

In the meantime I have been making more row house prints as well, but my scanner died and I don't have enough time to shop for a new one...I'm doing the work of two years in one, so life is a bit harrowing for now...and I'm thinking of going for my MFA and then taking some business classes. We'll see where life takes me...

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Other Side Exhibition

I could not attend this exhibition because it was across the country from me, BUT a very nice local took some very nice photos. These photographs were taken by Lauren Callahan...

The Curator, Alicia Porter...

And here is a link to the rest of the pieces in Lauren's photo album on facebook:

Thanks Lauren, for letting me share these. You rule!