WHAT IS FLOW? We are mesmerized by flow, both within us and outside of us. Flow is a “mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment. Flow, creativity, and happiness are related.”* Flow heightens creativity in the moment and future moments. Being in the flow can train us to be more open, more innovative, more curious.
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WHERE Were You Harassed? showing at KENSINGTON + CHELSEA Art Week, 1 – 11 October 2020 LITTLE VOICES Little Voices is an art piece comprising sculpture, performance, spoken word and visual art. Both emerging and established artists will address the topic: transforming society to solve the climate crisis and the greatest inequalities of our time. The project includes local and international artists from a range of backgrounds and will be
INTERVIEW with LET LOOSE SKATEBOARDING MAGAZINE (Release date: 1 October 2020) SNEAK PEEK: 3. What’s the best dessert to try in the Bay Area? I have a huge sweet tooth. Oyatsuya (@oyatsuya on Instagram),an omakase snack/dessert pop-up in SF. It is THE bomb. They literally sell out in a few minutes. They are temporarily closed right now, which is too bad. Also great: Uji Time in Berkeley and S Bay (ice
TEXTILE SKETCHBOOK II (Quiet Jenny) Pencil, indigo-dyed textiles, paint, thread, colored pencil, old book pages Textile sketchbooks are my way of reasoning. Of working through, and of accepting and embracing randomness and pushing forward. If a part lands a certain way, I try not to move it. I have dozens of these pages; if I am lucky one of them works and shows me the way. The yellowing and brittleness
MAD et LEN is a Parisian artisanal scent company with a quote from Marcel Proust’s “Swann’s Way” at the core of their work. They recently chose one of my IMPACT drawings on Instagram as graphite inspiration for their Monochrome Graphite parfum: scent of grey, of cropped Japanese hinoki wood. THE SMELL AND TASTE OF THINGS REMAIN POISED A LONG TIME, LIKE SOULS, READY TO REMIND US, WAITING AND HOPING FOR
PACK YOUR BAGS SOMETHING SMALL I sit in the middle of the intersection (of art, design + craft). It is safe to be here as an artist. Some doubt that–but is it art? If the artist is showing… it is. Is it forward looking? Yes. Poetic? Very. “I have a portable home that I always carry with me which is literature and memories.” — Writer Azar Nafisi about her life
This drawing will be shown at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in N Lincolnshire, UK as part of an exhibit inspired by Martin Kippinger’s Hotel Drawings. I entered sketches on museum ephemera from my summer 2017 trip to Berlin. I think it is very important to see an artist’s hand, raw, untouched. To see the rest of the drawings from that trip, go here. ART ON HOTEL NOTE PAPER 20-21 Visual
Idea Sketches SECRET LANGUAGE BETWEEN MOTHER & CHILD Digital print on paper, marker 8 x 10 inches 2017 When my mother passed, I was appointed the task of “doing something” with my mother’s poems. All 500 of them. A digital artist book, SECRET LANGUAGE BETWEEN MOTHER & CHILD is what I “have done,” so far, with this never-ending Forever Work-in-Progress. Composed of pages of compressed text from my mother’s poetry
ICE CREAM AND CAKE was donated to the Breast Cancer Resource Center and shown at Art Bra Austin, Palmer Events Center, Austin TX May 2016 “whimsical in appearance with strategically placed pompoms”– Breast Cancer Resource Center
In May 2015, I entered the #The100DayProject. The premise was simple, but hard: do something for 100 days. I wrapped, tied, and knotted 6″ of twine for (over) 100 days. I swear, this little thing grew like a chickenheart.
“I had a discussion with a great master in Japan, and we were talking about the various people who are working to translate the Zen books into English, and he said, “That is a waste of time. If you really understand Zen, you can use any book. You could use the Bible. You could use Alice in Wonderland. You could use the dictionary, because the sound of rain needs no