Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Virtual Tour

You can cruise around the Maryland Federation of Art exhibition that I'm currently in, Art on Paper with this cool virtual tour feature! Check it out!

ETA: Ah ha! It's a NEW feature for MFA. I found this article written about the show and its panorama-ness.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


During our team meeting on Friday morning, we worked on our quilts, reviewed our quilts collectively, figured out the order of where the pieces would go, and then generally screwed around and hammed it up. Here are some of the photos taken yesterday by our professors:

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Collected Voices - Collected Dreams

An upcoming House Of Ruth Maryland community art exhibition will be held at Jubilee Arts starting on April 1st. The Jubilee Arts community will add to the exhibition all month long! And there will be free art classes taught by me for 8 weeks! I will start to hang the show tomorrow...

Fabric Collage-ing

'Fabric Collage' = my version of quilting. Yeah, I gotta be different. MACAns were tasked with a quilting project a few months ago. This is a Quilting for Social Justice project, brought to us by Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither. She was lovely and smart, and made beautiful art, but I have to say, quilting is not my bag! And these have got to be the largest quilting pieces ever made. They're like, 5 foot by 3 foot or something as ridiculously large (we MACAns dream big).

Needless to say, this was a struggle for me aesthetically. How to make this quilt something that I would make (hint: I would never make a quilt). So the challenge for me was not so much the social justice aspect, or the message, but instead the actual medium. So my solution was that I glued everything. I used no-sew glue and treated it like a giant collage...with fabric. I may add a little paint later, I have been thinking about it.

Anyway, I'm just about finished. I still have to add the words, and I have to rethink the words I picked out two months ago, but the rest of it is finished. We had decided that our overall theme would be "cages". In fact, the quilt will have a (giant) armature and thus become an actual (giant) cage. Each of the six of us got to create one "view", or social commentary into the cage. We will each have a bar down the middle of our pieces as well, to simulate the caged-in feeling. I will have more details on all of this later, and I'm sure, many more photos. I just wanted to give you some in-progress shots...mine is a bird, and it will be about workers rights. I have been particularly affected by everything going on in Wisconsin right now (and the rest of the country, for that matter).

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I'm in these two shows right now... (postcards are somewhat crooked because I need a new scanner, as this one does whatever it damn well pleases, so after an hour -really, an hour- I gave up trying to make it perfect. *irritated*)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

New Images

Hey everyone, I've been in the midst of mid-terms and so have had far less time than usual. Even though I am on 'break' again, I will be working until next week Tuesday for sure. So what I'm going to do is drop a few recent photos of stuff happening related to my thesis and then hope to be back here again soon. Until then, here are some thesis images...

This one was taken last night during the Community Conversation about DV/dating violence at the first reception for my thesis, 3Tributaries (at 901 Arts in Baltimore).

There is also a nice little write-up about me on 901 Arts' blog: http://901arts.wordpress.com/2011/03/06/safe-spaces/

Have a good spring 'break' everyone...I will mostly likely not. Break for me a little bit, and then let me know what 'we' did. HA.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Community Conversations

Hey Baltimore! You are invited to the closing reception, and part one of my three-part thesis 3Tributaries, which is happening on Friday March 11, from 5:30-7:00 pm at 901 Arts in Baltimore City. Here is the e-vite, and I hope to see you there!

1 901 Arts

As the AmeriCorps Artist-in-Residence for the House Of Ruth Maryland, I have been facilitating art workshops with shelter residents since October. Lately, we have focused our creative energies on the concepts of “safety” and “protection”. When I was asked recently to serve as a guest artist and facilitate classes in Baltimore’s Better Waverly neighborhood, I brought these same themes, concepts and art techniques to the youth at 901 Arts.

The youth and I discussed the reasons domestic violence shelters exist and why women and children might seek a safe haven like the House Of Ruth. After our discussion, the youth developed collograph printmaking plates addressing the theme of “safe spaces”.

The youth created beautiful art work, conceptually and visually! They were especially interested in investigating the safe spaces in their own lives.

The art work displayed here is part one of my three-part visual thesis, 3Tributaries. The row house images on display not only reference national domestic violence statistics, but also explore techniques and metaphors in printmaking.

It is an honor to show my work in conjunction with that of the Better Waverly community residents. Thank you to program coordinators Cait Byrnes, Sarah Tooley and all of the talented youth at 901 Arts for inviting me!