Wednesday, March 28, 2012

i feel productive

paper staining (rusting) is going well. tomorrow i will soak the gelled maps and prep them for transfers.

i have nearly finished my first anthropomorphic flower, old man orchid. i have to fix his "legs" and give him some eyes. he's awesome and awkwardly beautiful. i love him. i have to find him the perfect mate to balance personalities.

buffy and i ran 3.31 miles today and i did 20 minutes of ab work from a p90x video. i also mowed the back lawn and started packing for the charleston, sc trip/cooper river bridge run.




















busy busy busy. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Round 4

I finally have the ball rolling on another short series of prints i'm titling "Migration Patterns." I'm doing image transfers of topological maps/road maps of places which I feel close to/have fond (or not so fond) memories of. (cairo, il, buffalo, ny, georgia.. athens and atl, and south carolina.. my home state).

I'm trying out rusting paper. I'm using tar paper which has been treated with both gesso and white acrylic. not sure how it's going to work out, but i'm just going to react to whatever happens to the paper in the next day or two.
















rusted steel... sort of.

















buffy is the keeper of the prints. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

This is how Buffy looks after we go running

Buffy and I ran 3 miles in 30 minutes today. It's 80 degrees out right now. I probably chose a terrible time to run.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Old man orchid progress

I finally got around to taking pictures of the progress of my current sculpture. Hopefully I can have him completed by the end of the week so I can start on his wife next week.

This is my first post with my phone. Sorry if the formatting is terrible.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

steel magnolias.

cheesy title, yes. but seriously, i'm working on 2 large steel flowers for a public (group) installation. i wish i had pictures of the progress, but i haven't taken any (yet), but i will when i go to the shop today.

also, i'm teaching myself how to do monotypes today, i believe.

i've become addicted to the "draw something" game. it's ridiculous.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

sometimes i laugh at people

I work in an art gallery at my school and the students come in there to received "FALS" credits (Fine Arts and LectureShip). Basically all they have to do is browse the gallery and answer a few questions about the artwork on the walls.

Right now the Juried Student Exhibition is up and my "Daily Bread" piece (along with 2 others) made it into the show. It's pretty fun to read these things sometimes, especially when people comment on my work. Apparently people aren't really "getting" my "Daily Bread" piece and just "like" it because it "makes them hungry."


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

life. life. life. life. .

i don't make many personal posts and talk about my life... ever, but life is overwhelming. my boyfriend unexpectedly broke up with me when our relationship was seemingly perfect, my daughter decided to move out a month later and live with her dad (actually a good choice given my state of depression), and now my grandmother is in the hospital after possibly having a stroke.

SERIOUSLY, LIFE! SERIOUSLY! i joked the other day after i finished my "spilled milk" series that i was feeling too happy and needed something traumatizing to bring me back down. i didn't really mean that, but it looks like it happened anyway.

there are good things going on in life. i have 2 shows going up in athens, ga. one in june and one in september. i'm also starting to look more into grad school for sculpture. it's been flattering hearing people tell me how beautiful my work is and how non-student(?) it looks. (ie: i was told the other day that my sculpture works looks like i've been doing it for years and not just one semester).

so, that's what's up. yay life. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

wearable sculpture




















if you're my friend on facebook or google+, then this image isn't new to you. i'm wearing my sculpture that was in this post. i set up the camera and my daughter took the shot(s). 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

mend her





















gesso, silkscreen, coffee, thread, coffee filters, graphite, acrylic on tar paper

these prints are probably my most expressive and blatantly emotional prints i have ever created.

art is my sanity.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

first experience with silkscreen (2010)

























An interesting piece I made last year. I guess you could say there's a lot of symbolism/metaphor going on here... the fragility of love, the cyclic pattern of life and relationships, the coming and going of loved ones, yet the heart stays in this vulnerable yet protected space where these new plants continually feed. The flower used is a poppy, also showing the potential toxicity of relationships, and the new life formed from the old.

Monday, March 12, 2012

so this is my dog, buffy
















not the greatest photo, but buffy deserves a lot of credit for my sanity these days. life has been depressing and hard and scary, and her unconditional love and inconceivable quirkiness brightens even my darkest of days.

things are getting better. maybe it's because spring is coming, the cooper river bridge run is approaching, and i'm making some of the best art i've ever made in my life. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

bassinest





















i made this sculpture in december. it's the final piece to a small body of work i was putting together that focused on the mother/daughter relationship. (or just family relationships in general).

this piece explores the natural patterns of life, giving up an old life to start a new one (such as choosing to have a child), and losing a life and starting a new one (child moving out and leaving an "empty nest"). i was particularly inspired by baby swings and bassinets, and combined that idea with a nest. the entire sculpture is about 5' tall. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Territorial Markings







































with this i decided to make a piece that somehow represent my anxiety and stress that's related to interactions with strangers and people on a daily basis. i've never been particularly comfortable with myself. having a kid at 16 was, at the time, embarrassing and i always felt as though i was being judged. these days i still feel the same anxieties but in a different form. i choose to live an "alternative" lifestyle (tattoos, vegetarian, etc) and i am "non traditional" mother AND i look REALLY young for my age. all of these things are ALWAYS addressed when i meet new people. and i hate it. i hate talking about all of it i hate feeling like the person has already judged me based solely on appearance and that i have to do everything in my power to prove i'm bad ass. so, these pieces express that angst visually through use of color and gestural marks and chaotic overlaying.

this imagery also really sparked my conceptual work with my sculptures i created last year.

Monday, March 5, 2012

rock-a-bye childhood























I wish I had better images of this sculpture and I will once it comes down from the library entrance.

Materials: plywood, fabric, thumbtacks