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
1. Grids (still)
2. Pip and Pop’s Confectionary Installations
3. Paper Nervous Systems by Barbara Wildenboer
4. Paintings by Lulie Wallace
“Creating consumes. It is all day, every day. It knows neither weekends nor vacations. It is not when we feel like it. It is habit, compulsion, obsession, vocation…Saying “no” has more creative power than ideas, insights and talent combined. No guards time, the thread from which we weave our creations. The math of time is simple: you have less than you think and need more than you know.”
5. Article: “The Most Successful Creative People Constantly Say No” by Kevin Ashton
6. The story and work of Judith and Joyce Scott
7. Alejandro Cesarco
8. MRI Produce Scans
9. Online Class: Medicine and the Arts
I’m working large again! Last summer I created a large mixed media painting in Chicago and it was kind of a turning point for me so I wanted to try out a similar process. This time around I’m playing with different images/symbols/icons and I’m trying to remain open to text. Here are some photos from the process:
Thanks for visiting! Stay tuned for more progress. xoxo
Last semester was intense. Along with working a couple part-time jobs and working on side projects, I took my first online MFA class and attempted to maintain a regular studio practice for school. Read more
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!)
From left to right: In the Works, In Repair, In Control
18″ x 24″
October 26-27, 2014
I finally finished my submissions for the Medical Avatar exhibition that’s coming up. Despite my busy schedule, I decided to enter this show because the theme is relevant to the work that I’m currently doing. I had even planned on doing more self-portraits this semester.
The prompt was this: Entries should include three self-portraits: you as you are today; you as you will be in 5 years if you continue with an unhealthy habit you have today; and you as you will be in 5 years if you continue with a healthy habit you have today.
This process was pretty frustrating and I wasn’t surprised that it turned out that way. Self-portraits are hard for me to get through. It was an interesting experience, making three self-portraits in different styles and with different messages. I’ll post more background information later on.
Thanks for visiting :]
Last week I had my first studio visit with my mentor for school and it was so helpful. In Chicago I was able to get feedback from other artists at pretty much any moment so it was sort of a difficult transition to go from that to having little access to feedback again. My mentor gave me a few assignments and some questions to ponder over and I’m very excited to get started.
Last week I also started teaching an after school art class for Roanoke City. This means I will be teaching five to six different classes every week for a couple months. The kids were great and I’m looking forward to working with them every week :]
I’m working on so many different things right now. Here are two!
More sugar painting
A special self-portrait…
I’m also working on a commissioned painting, some show submissions, and a secret side project! More info soon. Thanks for reading!
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)
8″ x 8″
8″ x 8″
Ink + acrylic
Untitled (Pink Grid)
6″ x 6″
6″ x 6″
Ink + gouache + tape
6″ x 6″
6″ x 6″
Watercolor + ink
Untitled (Deal With It)
6″ x 6″
Watercolor + ink + acrylic
6″ x 6″
Watercolor + oil pastel
6″ x 6″
I painted on Yupo paper for the first time when I was in middle school and I thought it was such a cool surface to work with. I didn’t use it again until recently when I was in Chicago. I was shopping around for a variety of surfaces to experiment on and I was immediately drawn to the Yupo paper. You can get some really cool effects on this non-absorbent surface. I plan on doing a lot more work with it.