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Where Does It Hurt?

My final paper/project for my Writing as Art class last semester… I was going to make some edits before sharing it, but I decided to post it the way it was submitted first. I’m very attached to this work and will continue to develop it over the next few months. Creating this project was both challenging and incredibly rewarding. The thought of sharing it publicly gives me a lot of anxiety, but I am interested to see how others receive it. Please feel free to leave comments! xoxo

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WDIH? Bibliography

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Peeks at the Process of Yes II

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For the past few weeks I’ve been working on this painting in conjunction with a collection of writing for a grad school project. I am planning to share the project before the end of May, but for now here are some peeks at the process:

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Check back soon for more updates! xoxo

 

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WIP: Yes II

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I’m working large again! Last summer I created a large mixed media painting in Chicago and it was kind of a turning point for me so I wanted to try out a similar process. This time around I’m playing with different images/symbols/icons and I’m trying to remain open to text. Here are some photos from the process:

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Thanks for visiting! Stay tuned for more progress. xoxo

 

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Artwork for Charity

Thank You

Thank You
22″ x 28″
Oil on canvas
April 2012

I’ve been attached to this piece ever since I made it almost 3 years ago. It’s not my best painting, but it’s special to me for many reasons. I was asked several months ago to donate a piece of art to a JDRF Gala that will take place here in Roanoke this March, and it was difficult for me to choose one. I thought this painting, Thank You, was the most fitting because I am simply expressing my gratitude for my loved ones who have supported me and continue to do so as I live my life with a chronic illness.

The 2015 Denim and Diamonds Gala will take place on Saturday, March 21st at The Shenandoah Club in Downtown Roanoke. You can find more info and purchase tickets here. My brother is also making a donation in the form of a musical performance at the event :]

Thank You (detail)

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Fall Update

Last week I had my first studio visit with my mentor for school and it was so helpful. In Chicago I was able to get feedback from other artists at pretty much any moment so it was sort of a difficult transition to go from that to having little access to feedback again. My mentor gave me a few assignments and some questions to ponder over and I’m very excited to get started.

Last week I also started teaching an after school art class for Roanoke City. This means I will be teaching five to six different classes every week for a couple months. The kids were great and I’m looking forward to working with them every week :]

I’m working on so many different things right now. Here are two!

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More sugar painting

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A special self-portrait…

I’m also working on a commissioned painting, some show submissions, and a secret side project! More info soon. Thanks for reading!

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Various New Works

As a grad student, one of my goals is to make a lot of work and flesh out a lot of ideas. I got a good start during my first summer residency in Chicago. Here are several of the small paintings and drawings I created:

Untitled (Red and Blue Grid)

Untitled (Red and Blue Grid)
8″ x 8″
Watercolor

Untitled (Anonymous)

Untitled (Anonymous)
8″ x 8″
Ink + acrylic

Untitled (Pink Grid)

Untitled (Pink Grid)
6″ x 6″
Watercolor

Untitled (R/N)

Untitled (R/N)
6″ x 6″
Ink + gouache + tape

Untitled (Other Grid)

Untitled (Data)
6″ x 6″
Blood

Untitled (Conversation)

Untitled (Conversation)
6″ x 6″
Watercolor + ink

Untitled (Deal With It)

Untitled (Deal With It)
6″ x 6″
Watercolor + ink + acrylic

Untitled (Scrambled)

Untitled (Scrambled)
6″ x 6″
Watercolor + oil pastel

Untitled (Ketones)
Untitled (Ketones)
6″ x 6″
Watercolor

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Yes.

While I was in Chicago, I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of feedback I received and consequently the number of ideas I had for my work. I wasn’t sure which path to go down and which method best suited my goals. This is how I was feeling when I had a studio visit with Gregg Bordowitz, the program director. I discussed my struggles with him, as well as my goals. He gave me tons of great advice, including one piece that became a major turning point for me.

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About a week or two earlier, I had gone to a fabric shop and picked up this piece of bright red-orange polyester material from a clearance bin. I wasn’t sure what I would do with it, I was just drawn to the color. I hung it up in my studio like this for a while and didn’t touch it. During my meeting with Gregg, we looked at the material as we discussed creating a “yes” wall. His instructions were as follows: 1) For 3 or 4 days, say “yes” to everything. 2) The next day, say “no.” Cover things up and make conscious decisions about what you want to include. I was really excited to try it out and decided to use the red-orange material since it was already something I’ve never used before.

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I had a lot of fun at first. I drew a large figure without worrying about proportions. I didn’t plan, I just painted. The fabric absorbed the paint quickly so I had to change the way I usually paint. The process was quick and pretty crude. I was happy with the piece so far and didn’t really want to add anything else, but it was my “yes” wall, so I forced myself to do more.

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I added more things and started to like it less and feel stuck. I started becoming concerned with the composition and I thought that I had already put too many colors so I stepped away from it for a few days and worked on other things. I guess at this point I wasn’t following the directions anymore.

When I did come back to it, I was in the zone. I used different materials and added text, numbers, shapes, images, and texture. By the time I “finished”, it had become my favorite piece from the whole summer. I’m really proud of it.

Yes.

Here is a list of the materials I used: acrylic paint (liquid, heavy bodied, and soft bodied), ink, oil pastel, oil stick, clear plastic, liquid watercolor, diabetic socks, medical tape, and thumbtacks.

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I’m not sure what’s going to happen with this piece. Right now it’s folded up in a bag until I find somewhere to hang it up. I might add more to it, but it’s more likely that I’ll make a new one using a similar process.

Thanks for reading!

 

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The Sugar Sickness is Coming for You

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During my first residency in Chicago, sugar became an important material for me. In week 2, I was thinking about sugar a lot. I thought about going to birthday parties as a child and not being able to eat the birthday cake. I thought about the countless times people have said to me, “You can’t have sugar, right?” I thought about my struggles with my weight, especially in high school. The nice thing about being in grad school is that I was surrounded by other artists who I could discuss my thoughts with.

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Like I said in my last post, a colleague suggested that I actually use sugar as a material in my artwork. The thought fascinated me and I was eager to try it out. The first thing I did was research sugar skulls. I knew that sugar skulls are pretty sturdy and last a long time when made correctly so I looked for a recipe and then bought the ingredients. I wanted to make insulin vials out of sugar, but first I needed a mold. I bought moldable plastic on amazon and that worked well, but my final mini sculptures weren’t as clean as I wanted them to be and they broke easily. I didn’t make any more of them because of time limitations, but now that I’m home I plan on experimenting to find a better method/sugar mixture.

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I also tried painting with sugar and I was much more satisfied with these results. I mixed sugar and water on a stove until the consistency was gel-like and then I mixed some with acrylic gel medium and sometimes acrylic paint and I left the rest plain. I applied the sugar mixtures on Yupo paper in a variety of ways:

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Later on, I made more sugar mixtures and applied them onto unstretched canvas in several layers. This one also has food coloring in it.

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My favorite part about this piece was watching the sugar crack and fall off, revealing this crystal texture underneath:

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I also painted a long piece of black canvas with sugar. Here’s part of it:

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I made a few more pieces on Yupo paper and watercolor paper and even added a few drops of blood to the sugar. Get it? Bloodsugar?

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I plan on continuing to experiment with sugar in my work because whether the results are good or not, I really enjoy the process. In my next post, I’ll talk about another non-traditional material that I worked with. Thanks for reading!

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