Tag: fingers

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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The Gallery U x The Alternative Gallery

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I’m interning with The Gallery U again this semester, and we recently had the opportunity to submit work for our first live group show. Two of my pieces were selected and will be on display at The Alternative Gallery in Allentown, Pennsylvania until January. The opening is this Thursday October 29th from 6-10pm.

Click here to go to the Facebook event page.

12080113_10153342700815547_2284145706321033169_oFrom top to bottom: Wear and Inside/Outside

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Learning to Sew

 

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I’ve been attracted to thread and embroidery for a long time, but I’ve never quite committed to learning how to use thread the way I want. Instead, I’ve mostly just been collecting images of work that inspires me. I like the idea of embroidery or stitches as evidence of a needle. You can no longer see the needle, but you can see where it has been.

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This past summer in Chicago, I decided to check out a sewing machine and just play with it. I also did a tiny bit of sewing by hand.

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Most of the messy lines were unintentional results of me playing with the sewing machine settings, but I’m happy that they turned out this way.

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I hope to incorporate thread into my work even more over the next year. Thanks for visiting!

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Warming Up

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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.

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These playful drawings set the tone for the rest of the work I created this summer. More to come soon!

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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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Still Here

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I’ve been absent for a couple weeks now and my excuse is just that I’ve been busy (this is a valid excuse, I promise). Anyway, things are wrapping up (no pun intended) as the holiday season quickly approaches, so I am finally finding time to return to the things I’ve had to place on the back burner recently.

Today I am finishing the first paper of my graduate school career (it has been no easy task, but it’s almost done!) Maybe I will post the finished paper in its entirety on the site later, or at least a link to it…but here is a peek:

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In the next two weeks I will teach my last museum classes and gifted art classes of the year. Here are some of the projects we have been or will be working on:

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Literal art gouache paintings

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Monochromatic paintings

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Abstract sculptures inspired by Chihuly’s glass pieces

My goals for this month are to finish a commissioned painting, start a new personal project (which I’m really excited and will share details about soon), and relax! I have a lot more to do, but I’ll spare you the list. Hopefully I will be able to post on here more frequently again, but for now, here is some more evidence that I have been alive and well:

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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)

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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)

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6″ x 6″
Ink + gouache + tape

Untitled (Other Grid)

Untitled (Data)
6″ x 6″
Blood

Untitled (Conversation)

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6″ x 6″
Watercolor + ink

Untitled (Deal With It)

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

Untitled (Scrambled)

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6″ x 6″
Watercolor + oil pastel

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

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New Work: Battle Scars

Battle Scars

Battle Scars
24″ x 18″
Oil

This painting is pretty self-explanatory. It shows fingers that are bleeding after being pricked. I’ve been pricking my fingers since I was a little girl and more often than not, I have felt self-conscious about doing it in front of people. It’s something that I’ve been trying to get over for a long time, because even though some people don’t like to see blood or needles, all I’m doing is taking care of myself. I don’t worry about it as much anymore, but  I kind of have to force myself to not worry about it.

Battle Scars (detail)

Some people don’t have access to or can’t afford testing supplies and have to guess what their blood sugar level is. I’m fortunate to be able to test my blood sugar as many times as necessary each day. I’m also lucky to have access to glucose monitors that are always undergoing improvements. My first glucose monitor required a pretty large drop of blood, but now the required amount is significantly smaller. There is also the option of pricking your forearm instead of your fingers. So yeah, all things considered, I’m lucky. Thanks for reading :]

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