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Self as Subject: The Twenty-Two-Year Decision to Paint My Chronic Illness

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The SAIC LRMFA program requires the completion of a 25-page thesis during the spring semester prior to graduation. I wrote my thesis at home in Roanoke and kept in touch with my advisor, Corrine Fitzpatrick, throughout the semester. Because of the subject of my paper, I often felt like I was journaling, so the process was actually quite enjoyable. I read a lot of great material as part of my research, including two books that have become new favorites: How to Write a Thesis by Umberto Eco and The Two Kinds of Decay by Sarah Manguso. If you’re familiar with the latter, you’ll see the influence in my paper pretty clearly.

I’m very grateful for all of Corrine’s guidance and for the helpful feedback and support from my peers Jennifer Chadwick and Malika Jackson. My plan is to continue developing this piece of writing and eventually turn it into a short book. The paper is accompanied by a visual timeline which outlines events in my life that have led up to the work I’m making today. Both the paper and timeline are available below as PDFs if you would like to read/view them. xoxo

Self as Subject: The Paper

Self as Subject: The Timeline

 

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Experimenting with Methods of Removal

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.

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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.

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Below are detail photos of some of my favorite results:

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Thanks for reading and looking. Please share if you like what you see! xoxo

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November + December Inspiration

“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

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2. Illustrations by Maira Kalman

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3. Documentary: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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4. Cut paper art by Rogan Brown

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5. The life and afterlife of Henrietta Lacks a.k.a. He-La

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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

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8. Book: The Reality Shows by Karen Finley

Links: 1a/1b/1c/2/3/4/5/6/7/8

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March Inspiration

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1. Grids (still)

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2. Pip and Pop’s Confectionary Installations

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3. Paper Nervous Systems by Barbara Wildenboer

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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

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6. The story and work of Judith and Joyce Scott

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7. Alejandro Cesarco

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8. MRI Produce Scans

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9. Online Class: Medicine and the Arts

Links: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9

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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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New Work: Medical Avatar Series

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From left to right: In the Works, In Repair, In Control
18″ x 24″
Mixed Media
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.

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Thanks for visiting :]

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Everything Else from Summer

I don’t mean to imply that the following pieces are unimportant compared to the pieces that I’ve already shared on here. I tried to somewhat categorize the body of work I created in Chicago (sugar, medicine, small, etc.) and these are the pieces that didn’t really fit into those categories. Enjoy!

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Mixed Media
18″ x 24″

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Bodily
Mixed Media
11″ x 14″

I also wanted to include some of the pieces that aren’t done yet.

Untitled (Finger)

Untitled (Finger)
Ink + Watercolor
9″ x 12″

Untitled (Bars)

Untitled (Bars)
Acrylic
9″ x 12″

Untitled (Help Wanted)

Untitled (Help Wanted)
Spackle
11″ x 14″

Don't Give Her Cake

Don’t Give Her Cake
Mixed Media
11″ x 14″

Untitled (Cross)

Untitled (Cross)
Mixed Media
11″ x 14″

Untitled (Bubbles)

Untitled (Bubbles)
Ink
9″ x 12″

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