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RC Biennial Reception + Exciting News!!

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Neuropathy

This past Friday I attended the Award Reception for the 2015 Roanoke College Biennial in Salem, VA. I had two pieces accepted into the show, which was juried by arts writer and curator Doug McClemont. There were so many great pieces included in the show and there was a great turnout for the reception. Read more

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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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Everything Else from Summer

I don’t mean to imply that the following pieces are unimportant compared to the pieces that I’ve already shared on here. I tried to somewhat categorize the body of work I created in Chicago (sugar, medicine, small, etc.) and these are the pieces that didn’t really fit into those categories. Enjoy!

Untitled (Organs)

Untitled (Organs)
Mixed Media
18″ x 24″

Bodily

Bodily
Mixed Media
11″ x 14″

I also wanted to include some of the pieces that aren’t done yet.

Untitled (Finger)

Untitled (Finger)
Ink + Watercolor
9″ x 12″

Untitled (Bars)

Untitled (Bars)
Acrylic
9″ x 12″

Untitled (Help Wanted)

Untitled (Help Wanted)
Spackle
11″ x 14″

Don't Give Her Cake

Don’t Give Her Cake
Mixed Media
11″ x 14″

Untitled (Cross)

Untitled (Cross)
Mixed Media
11″ x 14″

Untitled (Bubbles)

Untitled (Bubbles)
Ink
9″ x 12″

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More Summer Pieces

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Tender
9″ x 12″
Ink + Oil pastel on brown craft paper

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Untitled (Shape)
11″ x 14″
Watercolor + Gouache on watercolor paper

Subtle Cry

Subtle Cry
9″ x 12″
Acrylic + Oil stick on brown craft paper

Nope

Nope
11″ x 14″
Watercolor + Oil stick + Oil pastel on watercolor paper

Community

Community
9″ x 12″
Ink on brown craft paper

Untitled (Scrambled 2)

Untitled (Scrambled 2)
11″ x 14″
Acrylic on canvas paper

(Untitled) Shape 2

Untitled (Shape 2)
11″ x 14″
Acrylic + Oil pastel on canvas paper

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June + July Inspiration

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1. Maria Lassnig’s paintings–especially the ones with pink

“I was tired of pretending for the sake of others that I would survive. I became preoccupied with the burdens that sick people bear on behalf of those around them who are well.”

2. Interviews with Gregg Bordowitz

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3. Pepto Bismol pink

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4. Pinky Bass’ embroidered photographs

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5. Sugar

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6. Joseph Grigely’s Conversation pieces

Links: 1a/1b/2/3/4/5/6

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Medicine as Material

 

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During my residency in Chicago, I had several discussions with my advisor Molly Zuckerman-Hartung. She was awesome and gave me so much inspiration and guidance. During one of my individual studio visits with her, I was talking about my obsession with the color pink, especially bubblegum or Pepto Bismol pink and she said, “Why don’t you paint with Pepto Bismol?” She then went on to suggest that I paint with a variety of medicines just to see what happens.

The next day I think, I went to Walgreens and picked up some of the cheapest medicine I could find. I got the Walgreen’s version of Pepto Bismol, aspirin, sugar free cough drops, ibuprofen, cold medicine, glucose tablets, and glucose liquid, plus some extra things like alcohol swabs and socks for diabetics.

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I made a couple pieces with the medicine. My favorite is the first piece that I made. I took a piece of unprimed canvas and pinned it to the wall so that it would lay horizontally with assistance from a chair. I proceeded to squirt, splatter, and drip the pepto, cold medicine, and some liquid watercolor onto the canvas. The liquids sat on the surface of the canvas for days before finally getting absorbed into the fabric and drying. It was pretty interesting to see how it changed each time I went in my studio.

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I also experimented with imprinted surfaces. I put a layer of spackle on two small boards and pushed ibuprofen, cough drops, and some bottle caps into it. I also squirted cold medicine onto the surface as it dried. I ended up painting on top of everything once it was dry.

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Here are a few more pieces where I mixed paint and liquid medicine:

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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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