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November + December Inspiration

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1. John Baldessari’s work and especially his philosophy on art: “I get really attracted to details and parts of things. I used to tell people I would feel happy if there was just one square inch of a painting I liked. I wouldn’t even have to like the whole painting.”

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2. Anatomy of Digestion cup and saucer from Street Anatomy

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3. Alexa Minc | Jewelry inspired by the human body

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4. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer | The Pulse Room

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5. Mayan Art

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6. Boo and Boo Factory | Handmade Leather Jewelry

“You are about to enter the much more difficult phase of unlearning everything you have learned in college, of questioning it, redefining it, challenging it, and reinventing it to call it your own. More than in any other vocation, being an artist means always starting from nothing. Our work as artists is courageous and scary. There is no brief that comes along with it, no problem solving that’s given as a task… An artist’s work is almost entirely inquiry based and self-regulated. It is a fragile process of teaching oneself to work alone, and focusing on how to hone your quirky creative obsessions so that they eventually become so oddly specific that they can only be your own.”

7. Teresita Fernández’s 2013 commencement address at VCU 

Links: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7

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Pig

Insulin, the precious liquid that keeps me and millions of other diabetics alive, was actually discovered pretty recently. Prior to insulin, when someone developed diabetes, it was fatal. In the 1920s, Frederick Banting and Charles Best were able to extract fluid from the pancreas of slaughtered cows and they learned that it could be used to manage diabetes. Animal insulin, mostly from cows and pigs, was the only treatment for insulin-dependent diabetes until the 1980s, when a synthetic insulin (human insulin) was created. Today, most diabetics use the synthetic insulin, but animal insulin is still available.

I was pretty young when someone told me that my insulin came from pigs. I wasn’t happy about it. I was diagnosed in 1994, well after synthetic insulin was invented, so it’s very possible that I’ve never injected myself with animal insulin. Nonetheless, it’s a theme I began to explore this past summer and I plan to do more work about it in the future.

Life or Death

Life or Death
Ink + Acrylic
9″ x 12″

Mutant

Mutant
Mixed Media
9″ x 12″

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More Summer Pieces

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Tender
9″ x 12″
Ink + Oil pastel on brown craft paper

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Untitled (Shape)
11″ x 14″
Watercolor + Gouache on watercolor paper

Subtle Cry

Subtle Cry
9″ x 12″
Acrylic + Oil stick on brown craft paper

Nope

Nope
11″ x 14″
Watercolor + Oil stick + Oil pastel on watercolor paper

Community

Community
9″ x 12″
Ink on brown craft paper

Untitled (Scrambled 2)

Untitled (Scrambled 2)
11″ x 14″
Acrylic on canvas paper

(Untitled) Shape 2

Untitled (Shape 2)
11″ x 14″
Acrylic + Oil pastel on canvas paper

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New Work + Progress

I’ve been able to get quite a bit of painting done in the last week (mostly in the last two days), so I’m here to share it with you! I’ve been working on several pieces at a time–seven right now–and this is working well for me at the moment because I’m essentially using the same color palette for everything and I have to let the paint dry a little in between layers. My goal to finish a painting a week seems more achievable this way because I make progress on more complicated paintings while I finish up the simpler ones.

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I will continue to update you guys on my progress as well as provide descriptions of each piece as I finish them :]

 

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