Over the next several months I’m going to be making a lot more of these “cell” paintings that you may have been seeing and one thing I’ve been really interested in is methods of removal. Physically removing or covering these cellular shapes comments on both mortality and the nature of medical studies. I initially got the idea from artist Ross Bleckner, who has been a big influence on my work over the past year. He would paint flowers and then scrape them away to illustrate their short life span.
Early last week I completed my first official experiment using watercolor on Yupo paper. I began with a grid (of course) and wrote down a brief description of how I planned to remove or otherwise obscure the painted circle. I then painted the circles and proceeded from there.
Below are detail photos of some of my favorite results:
Thanks for reading and looking. Please share if you like what you see! xoxo
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.
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.
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.
Until next time! xoxo
1. Surgical Wall Project | Joshua Klein, Roy Schneider, and Tonya Floyd-Bradstock
2. Lynda Boss Illustrations
3. Andreina Davila | [I AM] Series
4. Art Experiments in Space
5. Scarred for Life | Ted Meyer
6. El Deafo by Cece Bell
7. One Lump or Two? Things That Suck About Being Diabetic by Haidee Soule Merritt
During my second summer in Chicago, I spent the first few creative moments in my new studio drawing fingers. I drew them in continuous lines, as severed tips, with my eyes closed, with my head laying on the table, from right to left and left to right, slowly, quickly, and with a variety of pens.
These playful drawings set the tone for the rest of the work I created this summer. More to come soon!
During my 20th year as a type 1 diabetic I…
…tackled an intense summer in Chicago and made lots of new work…
1. Piet Mondrian’s grid-like paintings
“Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.”
2. Illness as Metaphor by Susan Sontag
3. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s bright colors and stylized figures
4. Meredith Woolnough’s embroideries
5. Sean Scully’s block paintings
6. Science Festival activities (The museum I work at participated in a science festival and one of the activities we did with the visitors was painting with watercolors and cooking oil. I loved the results so much that I bought the materials and used them in my own work!)
9″ x 12″
Ink + Oil pastel on brown craft paper
11″ x 14″
Watercolor + Gouache on watercolor paper
9″ x 12″
Acrylic + Oil stick on brown craft paper
11″ x 14″
Watercolor + Oil stick + Oil pastel on watercolor paper
9″ x 12″
Ink on brown craft paper
Untitled (Scrambled 2)
11″ x 14″
Acrylic on canvas paper
Untitled (Shape 2)
11″ x 14″
Acrylic + Oil pastel on canvas paper
Off My Meds
25″ x 28″
Mixed Media (liquid medicine + watercolor + acrylic)
Read more about this piece HERE