Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lichen Home

Yesterday, I worked on a drawing I've been saving since 2013 (above). I was never satisfied with it, so reworking it has been very gratifying (below). The result is a lot more magical.

  -"Lichen Home", graphite on white paper, 11" x 12". ( available here )

This drawing was probably partially inspired by this piece of beautiful polished quartz I saw in the Rice Northwest Museum in Washington.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Natural Artifacts

-"specimen 1: stone with two crystal growths", graphite, acrylic paint, 5.5" x 6". (available here)
--a better image of a previously posted drawing.

I have collected rocks, fossils, shells, and branches since I was a little girl. When she was still alive, my grandmother would sit down with me at her dining room table and we painted seashells with shimmery fingernail polish. It seems that she has passed down her love of strange, natural beauty to me, and I am so grateful for it. Now I am imagining my own natural artifacts with this latest series of drawings.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Collection: Water Growth

-"Collection: water growth", acrylic and graphite on watercolor paper, 11.5" x 11.25".

A collection of tiny, imagined water plants.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Geology & Drawings

Mesolite from the Rice Northwest Museum of Geology and Minerals. They had such an amazing collection of minerals, rocks and fossils that we felt like empty shells crawling back to the car afterwards. Personally, I am always so drained after looking through any museum collection, but one that I enjoy this much especially drains my energy. It's as if my brain is on 1000% while looking at the tiny specimens.

So much to process after our trip.

Sneak peeks at my current project!
I am very highly inspired by minerals, crystals, and geology in general. They are natural and yet so alien-looking. The Earth produces such incredible colors, textures and combinations that seem familiar and yet allow me the room to create whatever sort of assemblage I want when painting. In these paintings, I am creating my own collection of strange objects.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Burn Drawings

Top: "Microbes and Grid", graphite, chalk, burn drawing, 8.5" x 11". (available here)
Bottom: "Ring and Grid", graphite, spray paint, burn drawing, 8.5" x 11". (available here)

Last summer I spent a week working in the black-smithing forge at Haystack. In between learning to forge metal pieces, we took red-hot tools and burned drawings on soft paper. I've been revisiting a few of those drawings and finishing them up. I'm really enjoying their softness.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Year

Lately, I have been working on balancing a busy schedule (who isn't?!). I'm enrolled in a post-baccalaureate art program, teaching art at a non-profit, working as a ceramics studio assistant, trying to take care of my family from afar, all the while attempting to keep a lively studio practice going. I've simplified my obligations and activities to be as slim as possible, but good intentions keep expanding to fill all of the corners of my agenda with projects and social commitments. Maybe I just delight in staying busy though? I often wonder how other people live and what that might feel like. How do other people balance their days?

(It is so cold here; there is frost on everything)

Though it doesn't always work this way, I like to wake up in the morning and have my first thought be gratitude.. thankful that I get another day to do this and be here. That reminder makes it much easier to take on the day.

What also has been helping me is that I'm making a deliberate attempt to slow down. That sounds so generic, but I started stopping to look at the frost on our windows; it really crawls across glass in the most beautiful way. I watch a landscape unfold in the steam from my coffee cup every morning. I have been journaling for the first time since my angsty teen years (yikes). Tiny objects that I've collected and admired are finally making their way into small assemblages:

-"A Mushroom and Baked Potato Dinner", assemblage of found and saved objects.

These are the quiet activities that bring me back from agenda-book-land. I am really looking forward to this year.

Monday, January 12, 2015

"Blue Palace"

-"Blue Palace", recycled materials, plaster, paper, ceramic, found objects.

More work from Fall 2014. The arrangements get bigger and the ceramic components get smaller and smaller.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


-"Dessert", ceramic, selected objects. Collaboration with Lily Fein.

-twist-tie, styrofoam bit, small tree fruit, plaster finger cast, wooden debris from electricians, kiln debris saved from the trash, bit of chalkboard chalk taken from math classroom, picture of space, bit of string...honestly I suspect that everything might be beautiful in some way.

-worn kiln shards, wadding, joint compound, paint, straps from a used disposable dust mask, electrician's wire clipping found on the floor in the hallway.

Yellow Ring

-"Yellow Ring and Stand", ceramic, recycled paper, 4' tall.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Compositions in Maine

 -"Composition: Silk", found silk, found twist tie, ceramic piece.

More work from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. Everything there is play.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Yellow September

-"Yellow heart, yellow bullet, others", various found and made objects.

Back from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine (it was incredible) and I'm now working in Syracuse in a great studio (so blessed to be here). Needless to say, I have a lot of catching up to do here with posting works.

Two days into my open studio experience at Syracuse now and I already have a few small objects collected from the parking lot outside and from the corners of the hallway where bits of things have floated to the side of the main walkway undetected. I found a gorgeous scrap of plywood which was tiny and shaped like a slice of cake, and I balanced a small green wire on top with copper bits spouting out the end. It was the most satisfying thing I had ever made -- so inviting and precious. I put it to bed on my white shelf near the window with a smile.
Morning comes and I return to my studio. I notice right away that my inch tall assemblage is missing...nowhere to be found. A worker walks in after I have been searching for several minutes and when asked explains that he was sure it was just a couple of scrap pieces the electrician had left behind and he had thrown out my assemblage. His confused eyes stared back at me as I explained to him that I needed those pieces, they were ART.
Art is funny. It really is. We can get so lost in a world of beauty that other people don't even notice. It's silly and consuming and important.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Another bundle of imagined/found objects

-"Bundle #3", mixed media, 6.5" x 6.5".
For sale here.

Collecting, absorbing, drawing, inventing.
This is a good season.