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
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
For the #artistsupportpledge, I am offering NATURE +1 and TEXTILE SKETCHBOOK I. The #artistsupportpledge is an Instagram movement conceived by Sussex-based artist Matthew Burrows to provide a platform for artists to share and sell their work through a straightforward, artist-to-patron, artist-to-artist formula. Artists post images of a work for sale for no more than £200 ($230), and when their sales reach £1,000 ($1,155) they promise to buy another artist’s work for £200.
COMING UP, COVID WILLING SHOW: Cloth2Paper at Paper Circle, Nelsonville OH This show will be a continuation of my series on cloth on paper. The shapes are reminiscent of classical origami forms, without folds.
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
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
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