I have two pieces in this show, which will be up until early July. Come see!
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
During my 20th year as a type 1 diabetic I…
…tackled an intense summer in Chicago and made lots of new work…
Last night, I attended the Medical Avatar opening reception with some of my family. There was a great turnout and I was able to meet and talk to Virgil Wong, the man behind the show and the company Medical Avatar. His own artwork was included in the show and he gave a great lecture discussing his process as well as his background and an overview of his work with medical avatars. It was fascinating to hear about this technology that we will probably become very familiar with in the near future.
I’ve been putting up images of these pieces for the past several weeks, but I never really explained the meaning behind them. The first piece in the series, In the Works, depicts the present me. There is a lot of potential in this piece. The pencil grid in the background indicates an ongoing process and a plan. My facial features were drawn or painted and covered up multiple times to represent how I’m still at a point where I can reverse damage that is caused by diabetes and lack of control.
The next piece, In Repair, is me five years from now if I continue living with poor control of my diabetes. In this case, poor control can mean several things including poor diet, lack of exercise, neglect to administer insulin and check my bloodsugar levels, etc. This portrait illustrates a combination of symptoms from a variety of complications such as kidney damage and eye disease. Fatigue, weight-loss, burst blood vessels, and nausea are some of the symptoms I chose to depict. The circular shapes in the background are made from a sugar and paint mixture and symbolize a chaotic lifestyle. The peeling away of the paper indicates my approaching death.
The last piece in the series, In Control, is me five years from now if I am proactive about my diabetes control. I wanted to make sure to show that even with good control, actually even with near perfect control, I can still suffer from complications. This is why I didn’t want to make the grid in the background too perfect and why I added tiny X’s around my body. The blue ring over my chest is the symbol for diabetes.
I’m really glad I was able to find time to create work for this show. It was a great experience! The show will be up through March 2015, so make sure to check it out if you are in the Roanoke area. Thanks for reading :]
About two weeks ago, I was finally able to go to the huge art museum that’s literally next door to the school I’m going to. As a student, I get in for free and I’m definitely going to make it a point to go at least 5 times next summer.
Anyway, on my first visit, I only had two hours to spend there so I headed straight for the impressionism paintings. Let me preface this by saying that looking at art often makes me pretty emotional. This particular experience was different for me. I’ve been to a couple big art museums and seen my fair share of great art, but at this point in my life a lot of things are going on: I have a couple years of art school and art appreciation under my belt, I’m completely immersed in an intense MFA program, basically breathing and sleeping in my art, plus I have a massive headache and my feet hurt. I suddenly found myself surrounded by paintings by Monet, Van Gogh, and Cezanne, paintings which I’d only ever seen in books and on the internet and I just felt like crying. Contemporary art is generally more conceptual than formal and I found out that I have a special place in my heart for those pieces of art (especially the impressionist paintings) that just depict people and landscapes and still lifes.
Don’t get me wrong, I also felt weepy in the modern wing. As I looked at all these pieces of art that I’ve studied over the years (and then some), I found myself reflecting on my own journey as an artist and dreaming about my future and wondering if my work would ever be in a museum like this one. It also made me wish that I lived closer to a museum like this one so I could visit more often. If you are able to go to an art museum of any kind, then do it! Looking at pictures in books or online just doesn’t compare.
I didn’t have my camera on my first visit so I don’t have pictures from that day, but I bought a few postcards of some of my favorite pieces:
There is also a Magritte exhibit right now, so I’m definitely going to see that before I leave. Thanks for reading!