Speed, Multiples, Density, Layering

I’m currently preparing for a new semester of classes, which includes preparing to write my thesis…which is crazy. At this point last year, I had no idea what my thesis would look like or if I would be prepared for it when the time came. When I compare all the work I’ve made in just the past few months, let alone the past few years, it seems as if I don’t know what I’m doing. And sometimes I truly don’t. At times I couldn’t decide which medium to use, whose advice to listen to, or what to make. What I’ve learned recently is actually something that I already knew. I had to work through all that uncertainty to get where I am now. I had to try out different mediums and follow up on advice I was given and make a bunch of stuff that I wasn’t satisfied with.  And now I feel a lot more certain of the work I’m making.

Anyway, the images below are documentation of one of those paths I ventured down. I experimented with layering, manipulating, and mechanical reproduction via photocopier. The process was incredibly satisfying and I’m very happy I spent last summer creating these pieces. One day I might return to them…we’ll see.

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The next few images were taken as I prepared for our summer open studios. You can see the number of pieces on the wall dwindling as I removed the less successful ones.

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I played around a lot with the density feature on the photocopier. And I say ‘played’ because it was surprisingly a lot of fun to just stand at the copier like a scientist adjusting different parts of the process and layering random materials on my drawings.

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Until next time! xoxo

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2015 in Review

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Didn’t I just review 2014?? I say it too much, but time is flying by. 2016 is going to be a big year full of exciting and scary things, and so was 2015. Here are some of the highlights:

  1. I got engaged in Chicago rain (!!!)
  2. I was awarded second place at the Roanoke College Biennial Exhibition.
  3. I was a Gallery U intern for a total of 30 weeks.
  4. I was promoted to Lead Children’s Education Associate at the Taubman Museum of Art.
  5. I wrote a book of poetry that I will publish one day.
  6. I began writing and illustrating a children’s book (with help from my wonderful advisor, Tim Nickodemus) that I will also publish one day (soon!)
  7. I donated a painting to a JDRF gala.
  8. I spent my second summer in Chicago and met/worked with/learned from some incredible artists: Dana Degiulio, David Getsy, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Alejandro Cesarco, Gregg Bordowitz, Yvonne Rainer, Glenn Ligon, Wu Tsang, Andrea Fraser, Kira Lynn Harris, Rodney McMillian, Lynne Tillman, Eileen Myles, Josiah McElheny, John Neff, Rashayla Marie Brown, and everyone in the classes of 2016 and 2017.
  9. I had a studio visit with Alejandro Cesarco and a group critique with Eileen Myles.
  10. I gave a presentation on Rodney McMillian to Rodney McMillian, SAIC faculty, and my classmates.
  11. I made new friends.
  12. I visited the Art Institute of Chicago every week for six weeks and gained a deeper understanding of several pieces of art.
  13. I took a writing class with Gregg Bordowitz and a human rights class with Pamela Sneed.
  14. I spent two semesters working with an amazing mentor, Gerry Bannan.
  15. I attended Brain School at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
  16. I attended a lecture by John Paul Caponigro and I participated in the Monster Art Rally at the Taubman Museum of Art.
  17. I designed another band t-shirt–this one for my brother (details to come soon!).
  18. I was part of a group show in Chicago (Interwoven), three group shows in Roanoke, VA (Edna Curry / John Bower, Precision and Reach, and Against the Grains), and a group show in Allentown, PA (Gallery U).
  19. I displayed my work in a few local spots: Cups Coffee and Tea, Hermitage Retirement Community, and Firefly Fare.
  20. I made lots of new work, had lots of breakthroughs, and have continued to grow as an artist.

I look forward to sharing more with you in the future. Here’s to another great year! xoxo

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November + December Inspiration

“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.” -Stephen King

1. My fall semester instructors/advisors/mentors: Gerry Bannan, Tim Nickodemus, and Pamela Sneed

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2. Illustrations by Maira Kalman

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3. Documentary: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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4. Cut paper art by Rogan Brown

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5. The life and afterlife of Henrietta Lacks a.k.a. He-La

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6. Book: Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth

“Guaranteeing to “get well” similarly reinforces the notion that health is a binary, with sickness on one side and wellness on the other. Is it? Doctors increasingly diagnose conditions pre-cancerous, pre-diabetic, pre-bad, and everyone’s health is constantly fluctuating, like one’s pulse or blood pressure.”

7. Article: The Pressure to Say You’re OK by Adam Baer

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8. Book: The Reality Shows by Karen Finley

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Fall 2015: Work

The past semester was a bit overwhelming–hence the lack of activity on here–but I’m so excited about the work I’m making. Here are some photos of the things I’ve been working on for the past few months. Next up: thesis!

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World Diabetes Day 2015

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and today is World Diabetes Day. If you’ve been here before you know that diabetes is a huge part of my life and I’ve spent the last several years making work about it. Sometimes I make art to shed light on what it’s like to live with diabetes and sometimes I make art as a way of coping with the disease. Sometimes it’s both.

Sometimes it’s hard for me to explain how I feel when it comes to my diabetes. I am fortunate enough to have access to the medication, supplies, and care that I need, and I am capable of administering my own medication every day. I’ve achieved many of my goals, I’m at a healthy weight, I do most of the things I want to do, I have a supportive family, and I’m marrying someone who is willing to deal with and support me through all the things that suck about diabetes. And that’s just it. Living with diabetes sucks. My body seems to be getting more sensitive to pain as I get older. Sometimes my insulin doesn’t work. My fingertips are also more sensitive, especially my right pointer finger. Rubbing any slightly rough material is really uncomfortable. My feet are almost always cold. Sometimes I have to eat glucose tablets at the gym because I calculated something wrong. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and realize I woke up because my blood sugar level is plummeting and then I have to eat glucose tablets while I lay sweating in bed trying to stay awake until I feel better. I could go on (and on and on…).

I’m pretty good at staying positive and I’m thankful for that particular personality trait. Making art about diabetes has been such a rewarding creative outlet and I truly believe it changed my life. I continue to feel called to make this work and I hope I can do great things with it (I have plans!).

Anyway, I hope that you spend time this month (even just a few minutes!) learning about the various types of diabetes and what it means to live with this disease. Learn what the symptoms are and share this information with your loved ones. I was three years old when I was diagnosed and I couldn’t describe what I was feeling, but my dad was observant and noticed my symptoms. My oldest sister was diagnosed later the same year and she was able to describe what I was going through to my parents because she was going through the same things. Now that I’m older, I am now incredibly grateful for that.

There are many blogs and other resources that cover this topic. Here are some great websites and articles to get you started:

International Diabetes Federation

The Girl’s Guide to Diabetes

A Cartoonist Laughs at Diabetes, and Her Book Will Make You Laugh Too

T1 Diabetes is Complicated…Even for Doctors

Don’t Judge People with Type 2 Diabetes

In Praise of Diabetes Unawareness

Type 1 Diabetes Finally Explained

The Invisibility of Type 1 Diabetes

Thank you so much for reading. Stay tuned for a peek into the things I’ve been making this fall! xoxo

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The Gallery U | Fall 2015

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Last winter/spring, I did an online internship with The Gallery U, a web-based gallery founded by Marcie Browne. The gallery is full of inspiring work by talented college students from across the U.S. and I’m happy to be participating again this fall. Below are links to my posts from each week. We are currently finishing week 11 (time is flying!). Enjoy :)

Week 1: Self-Portrait
Week 2: Process (After Lucier)
Week 3: Color Studies (Cells)
Week 4: Untitled (Mechanical)
Week 5: Color Studies (Blobs/Blocks)
Week 6: Blind Portrait Series
Week 7: Color Study (Red Drop)
Week 8: Body
Week 9: Untitled (Spacey)
Week 10: Untitled (Hover)
Week 11: Self-Destruct

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August/September/October Inspiration

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1. Surgical Wall Project | Joshua Klein, Roy Schneider, and Tonya Floyd-Bradstock

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2. Lynda Boss Illustrations

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3. Andreina Davila | [I AM] Series

4. Art Experiments in Space

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5. Scarred for Life | Ted Meyer

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6. El Deafo by Cece Bell

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7. One Lump or Two? Things That Suck About Being Diabetic by Haidee Soule Merritt

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The Gallery U x The Alternative Gallery

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I’m interning with The Gallery U again this semester, and we recently had the opportunity to submit work for our first live group show. Two of my pieces were selected and will be on display at The Alternative Gallery in Allentown, Pennsylvania until January. The opening is this Thursday October 29th from 6-10pm.

Click here to go to the Facebook event page.

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