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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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Interwoven

Updated Interwoven FlyerIt’s been a while since this show took place, but I finally have time to write about it! Interwoven was a show curated by my ambitious friend and peer, Pia Cruzalegui, and it included the work of many (class of 2016) SAIC Low Residency MFA students. Our second six-week summer together began on June 13th and the perfect way to kick it off was with this show opening.

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The show took place at Throop Studios in Chicago and was designed as a pop-up show, which means it was only up for one night. A lot of work went into making that one night a success. Pia was able to find support from literally across the world in order to properly promote and organize this show. There were lots of emails and phone calls back and forth. Back in Virginia, I was responsible for creating a Facebook event page and making posts on our Facebook page every day about all the artists who would be a part of the show.

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From left to right: Kelly Long, Mohamad Kanaan, Janice Marin
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June 13th was a hectic day since I flew in that afternoon. I spent a few hours getting partially settled in and before I knew it, it was time to head over to Throop. The space looked beautiful (a team of awesome fellow students had set up the night before) and the reunion was emotional since most of us hadn’t seen each other since last summer.

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From left to right: cathy pach, eleanor neal, jennifer chadwick, amy malcolm
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The turnout for the show included faculty, new students, family members, and other visitors. There were many conversations about events from the past year and the directions our work had taken. It was great to see new work from my cohort. Everyone was exhausted, but the show was a success. At the end of the night, it was time to deinstall the show and prepare for the next six weeks of craziness.

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I couldn’t include all the photos from the show, so please check out our Facebook page for more:

INTERWOVEN on FACEBOOK

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Interwoven (My First Chicago Show!)

I have exciting news! I will begin my second Chicago residency in less than a month and things will be hectic from day one. A large portion of the low-residency MFA students at SAIC have put together a collaborative pop up show, which will take place on Saturday June 13th in downtown Chicago. I am so excited to be a part of it!

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CLICK TO VISIT OUR PAGE AND/OR RSVP TO OUR EVENT! 

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November + December Inspiration

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1. John Baldessari’s work and especially his philosophy on art: “I get really attracted to details and parts of things. I used to tell people I would feel happy if there was just one square inch of a painting I liked. I wouldn’t even have to like the whole painting.”

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2. Anatomy of Digestion cup and saucer from Street Anatomy

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3. Alexa Minc | Jewelry inspired by the human body

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4. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer | The Pulse Room

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5. Mayan Art

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6. Boo and Boo Factory | Handmade Leather Jewelry

“You are about to enter the much more difficult phase of unlearning everything you have learned in college, of questioning it, redefining it, challenging it, and reinventing it to call it your own. More than in any other vocation, being an artist means always starting from nothing. Our work as artists is courageous and scary. There is no brief that comes along with it, no problem solving that’s given as a task… An artist’s work is almost entirely inquiry based and self-regulated. It is a fragile process of teaching oneself to work alone, and focusing on how to hone your quirky creative obsessions so that they eventually become so oddly specific that they can only be your own.”

7. Teresita Fernández’s 2013 commencement address at VCU 

Links: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7

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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!

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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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Pig

Insulin, the precious liquid that keeps me and millions of other diabetics alive, was actually discovered pretty recently. Prior to insulin, when someone developed diabetes, it was fatal. In the 1920s, Frederick Banting and Charles Best were able to extract fluid from the pancreas of slaughtered cows and they learned that it could be used to manage diabetes. Animal insulin, mostly from cows and pigs, was the only treatment for insulin-dependent diabetes until the 1980s, when a synthetic insulin (human insulin) was created. Today, most diabetics use the synthetic insulin, but animal insulin is still available.

I was pretty young when someone told me that my insulin came from pigs. I wasn’t happy about it. I was diagnosed in 1994, well after synthetic insulin was invented, so it’s very possible that I’ve never injected myself with animal insulin. Nonetheless, it’s a theme I began to explore this past summer and I plan to do more work about it in the future.

Life or Death

Life or Death
Ink + Acrylic
9″ x 12″

Mutant

Mutant
Mixed Media
9″ x 12″

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