“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.” -Stephen King
1. My fall semester instructors/advisors/mentors: Gerry Bannan, Tim Nickodemus, and Pamela Sneed
2. Illustrations by Maira Kalman
3. Documentary: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
4. Cut paper art by Rogan Brown
5. The life and afterlife of Henrietta Lacks a.k.a. He-La
6. Book: Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth
“Guaranteeing to “get well” similarly reinforces the notion that health is a binary, with sickness on one side and wellness on the other. Is it? Doctors increasingly diagnose conditions pre-cancerous, pre-diabetic, pre-bad, and everyone’s health is constantly fluctuating, like one’s pulse or blood pressure.”
7. Article: The Pressure to Say You’re OK by Adam Baer
8. Book: The Reality Shows by Karen Finley
The past semester was a bit overwhelming–hence the lack of activity on here–but I’m so excited about the work I’m making. Here are some photos of the things I’ve been working on for the past few months. Next up: thesis!
My final paper/project for my Writing as Art class last semester… I was going to make some edits before sharing it, but I decided to post it the way it was submitted first. I’m very attached to this work and will continue to develop it over the next few months. Creating this project was both challenging and incredibly rewarding. The thought of sharing it publicly gives me a lot of anxiety, but I am interested to see how others receive it. Please feel free to leave comments! xoxo
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Last night I attended the opening reception for Precision and Reach, an art show curated by artist Jane Lillian Vance. The show is displayed in the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Virginia as part of their Creativity in Health Education Program. I have two mixed media pieces in the show, which will be up through June.
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
2/3 started…still lots of work to do!
Mixed Media (medicine, watercolor, acrylic, ink, oil pastel)
20″ x 28″
Inspired by this quote from Jill Mormon in response to my question, “What is the hardest part about living with diabetes?”:
“Feeling like my body and the system designed to help me care for it are ALWAYS working against me and my health.”
12″ x 24″
This painting is part of my series of paintings illustrating complications of diabetes. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, begins with bacterial growth in the mouth and may lead to tooth loss if left untreated. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing infections that can lead to cavities or gum disease. Two of the common symptoms of gum disease are gums that bleed easily, such as when you floss or brush your teeth, and gums that are red and/or swollen. This is what I have shown in my painting. My gums almost always bleed when I brush my teeth and floss, and for me, that’s a reminder that I need to work harder to keep my blood sugar levels stable.
Thanks for reading :]