The visiting artists program at SAIC is really special. During the summer, we had two artist lectures per week and we got to be more involved with 3 of those artists over the course of the residency. We presented on one artist (as a gift to them), had a group critique with another, and had a one-on-one studio visit with the last. Whether I like the artists’ work (and/or personalities) or not, I learn so much from each lecture and each interaction. This summer, I did my presentation on Rodney McMillian, had a group critique with Eileen Myles, and received a studio visit from Alejandro Cesarco.
I’ve started to make blind contour drawings of each artist during their lecture:
Yvonne Rainer + Gregg Bordowitz
Kira Lynn Harris
Untitled (Madame Insulin in Red)
Linoleum, ink, paper
11″ x 14″
The Face of MI
Ink on paper
11″ x 15″
This piece appeals to my interests in symbolism and textile design. As I mentioned earlier this month, I am currently doing a lot of printmaking, and in particular, relief printing. Read more
A commissioned painting for a long-time friend, a portrait of her first child :]
20″ x 24″
2/3 started…still lots of work to do!
Many of you may not know this, but I was an RA (resident advisor) for two years at JMU. In a nutshell, this means I was in charge of a group of freshmen in a residence hall and had to deal with roommate conflicts, policy violations, and a bunch of other things that come with freshman year. Another part of my job was creating and hosting programs for my residents. I was required to do (per semester) two community programs (to encourage bonding), one multicultural program, and one academic program. My last academic program took place during a theme week in our residence hall. Our theme was superheroes.
We always had to advertise our programs in some way, and for this particular program, I was feeling pretty ambitious. We had seven “halls” in our residence hall, so I decided to make seven posters, each with a different member of the Avengers. Just so you know, my program was about teamwork in an academic setting. See the connection?
For each poster, I took a 14″ x 17″ piece of bristol paper (my favorite paper) and lightly drew the portrait in pencil. I then painted the portraits with watercolor and outlined everything (plus added some shading and texture) with a sharpie and a fine point ink pen.
So what became of these portraits? After all, they were among approximately 200 freshmen for several days. Well Iron Man was the only one who went missing. I also made the mistake of hanging Wolverine up above a water fountain and he ended up with water on his face (although I think it looks cooler this way). I sold Thor to my boss and gave Spiderman to my niece as a gift. The rest are still in my possession :] Thanks for reading!