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Against the Grains Show Opening

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The opening reception for the Against the Grains show took place on Friday August 28th. The space that the Salem Museum provided for us was spacious and well-lit and we had a great turnout. The show comes down this Friday the 25th, so make sure to check it out if you get a chance!

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IMG_2262The show included work by Jim Burtch, Michele Deemer, Cory Greer, Melissa Jennelle, Kent Moore, Frank Toler, Wayne Llywelyn, and myself.

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Thanks to the Salem Museum for opening their space to us and thank you to all of my friends and family who showed their support!

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Interwoven

Updated Interwoven FlyerIt’s been a while since this show took place, but I finally have time to write about it! Interwoven was a show curated by my ambitious friend and peer, Pia Cruzalegui, and it included the work of many (class of 2016) SAIC Low Residency MFA students. Our second six-week summer together began on June 13th and the perfect way to kick it off was with this show opening.

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The show took place at Throop Studios in Chicago and was designed as a pop-up show, which means it was only up for one night. A lot of work went into making that one night a success. Pia was able to find support from literally across the world in order to properly promote and organize this show. There were lots of emails and phone calls back and forth. Back in Virginia, I was responsible for creating a Facebook event page and making posts on our Facebook page every day about all the artists who would be a part of the show.

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From left to right: Kelly Long, Mohamad Kanaan, Janice Marin
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June 13th was a hectic day since I flew in that afternoon. I spent a few hours getting partially settled in and before I knew it, it was time to head over to Throop. The space looked beautiful (a team of awesome fellow students had set up the night before) and the reunion was emotional since most of us hadn’t seen each other since last summer.

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From left to right: cathy pach, eleanor neal, jennifer chadwick, amy malcolm
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The turnout for the show included faculty, new students, family members, and other visitors. There were many conversations about events from the past year and the directions our work had taken. It was great to see new work from my cohort. Everyone was exhausted, but the show was a success. At the end of the night, it was time to deinstall the show and prepare for the next six weeks of craziness.

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I couldn’t include all the photos from the show, so please check out our Facebook page for more:

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May Inspiration

Last month I was largely inspired by performances and stories…

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1. Movie: Big Eyes

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2. Documentary/Exhibition: Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

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3. Musical Performance: Banda Magda

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4. Joseph Marr’s sugar sculptures

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5. Kurt Pio’s diamond paintings

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6. Karen Schwartz’s abstract paintings

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

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Project: Banda Magda T-shirts

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I’ve been sitting on this story for several months, but now I can share it with you! So there’s this amazingly talented international group of musicians called Banda Magda. I know of them through my musician brother, Gabriel, and the Music Lab at Jefferson Center in Roanoke, VA. I had the pleasure of seeing them perform live at Jefferson Center in September of 2013 and I felt like I had been transported to another place. It was such a beautiful and entertaining show.

Magda Giannikou, the band’s tireless leader (pianist, accordionist, singer, composer, orchestrator, songwriter, music producer, etc.), is constantly creating and working on new projects. Last year she and her band put out a new crowd-funded album titled Yerakina. During the crowd-funding campaign, she also released a call for illustrators who could help design T-shirts. My brother told her about me and we were soon Skyping and sending messages back and forth talking about goals and ideas. I was a little nervous about the project since I had limited experience in graphic design work, but Magda had faith in me and was very supportive.

I whipped up a couple preliminary sketches based on Magda’s vision and we discussed style, color, and other content. Magda wanted the shirts to be quite bold, but simple and also educational. We decided to create two different shirts and each would feature a different musical instrument (vibraphone and pandeiro).

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Once I had the final drawings done, it was time to make them digital and add text. This was the most challenging part of the project. I used Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and I was learning as I went, which is a great way to learn, but also very time-consuming. I learned how to create a vector and I played around a lot with color and placement. Many changes were made along the way, but the designs were eventually finalized and t-shirts were printed! Now many of the people who helped fund Yerakina own one of these shirts and you can also purchase them online here. The shirts have been traveling around the world as Banda Magda tours.

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Speaking of tours, Banda Magda’s last stop on their most recent tour was Jefferson Center this past Tuesday. I saw them perform again (SO GOOD!), and I also finally met Magda in person. She is so sweet and she exudes creativity and passion. I feel so lucky to have worked with her and seen her perform live. What an amazing experience!!

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Banda Magda is working on their third album, Tigre, which will also be crowd-funded. Click here to check it out and consider supporting them! As always, thanks for reading. xoxo

LINKS
Banda Magda Website
Banda Magda Shop
Tigre Pledge Fund Page

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Monster Art Rally

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Mixed Media (watercolor, ink, acrylic)
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Museums and galleries across the country are participating in the Monster Drawing Rally, a live drawing event which was introduced by Southern Exposure in San Francisco. This year, The Taubman Museum of Art decided to join in and add a twist by allowing painting as well. Money from sales went towards educational programming at the museum. I was able to participate and it was exciting, inspiring, and admittedly a tad stressful. I rarely create work while people are watching me (unless I’m in a class or workshop) so it was a unique experience interacting with my audience while I created. I didn’t get to do everything I planned to do with my drawing because I ran out of time, but I was very happy with the final piece.

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I started my piece at home and finished it on site. It was sold almost immediately, and before I knew it, it was gone. That was something else I hadn’t experienced before. I usually get to live with my work for a little while (or a long while) before someone else takes it. It was a fun challenge to create for one hour and be forced to part with my creation so quickly!

My favorite part of the night was watching artists at work:

Photo Credit: Taubman Museum of Art
Photo Credit: Taubman Museum of Art

Photo Credit: Taubman Museum of Art
Photo Credit: Taubman Museum of Art

Aside from participating in the live event, I also got to design the logo that was used on various materials including coloring sheets for the kids.

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Overall I had an amazing time at the Monster Art Rally. I plan to participate again next year and I think I will switch it up and create the full piece on site. We’ll see… Anyway, thanks for reading! xoxo

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Looking Back @ 2014

The past year was full of so many new and exciting and terrifying things. There were lots of tears (joy and sadness), lots of ups and downs, lots of questioning, but I have to say I think I came out stronger on the other end. I’m so excited for what the next year will bring, but I want to take a moment to remember some of the good things of 2014.

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  • I spent time with my loved ones and did some traveling.

  • I got accepted into and started grad school in Chicago, which allowed me to meet and work with some amazing artists and people (Gregg Bordowitz, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Matthew Buckingham, Laurie Palmer, Joseph Carr, Michal Lynn Shumate, Lynn Tillman, Josiah McElheny, and the whole class of 2016).

  • I saw, in person, paintings that I had grown up only seeing pictures of at the Art Institute of Chicago.

  • I presented my thoughts on the work of Kira Lynn Harris to KLH herself along with my cohort and the LRMFA faculty.

  • I had a one-on-one studio critique with Joseph Grigely.

  • I had group critiques with Glenn Ligon and Wu Tsang.

  • I submitted a bunch of job applications, got a few interviews, and finally got a great job at an art museum where I met some more wonderful people.

  • I cheered on my brother at various shows including a concert where he opened for Robert Cray and another where he played alongside recent Grammy winners Snarky Puppy.

  • I taught lots and lots of little ones and grew as an educator.

  • I participated in a couple art shows and made lots of new work.

  • I donated work to diabetes-related causes.

  • I attended helpful workshops and participated in online classes.

  • I received valuable feedback and advice from my mentor Janet Niewald.

  • I worked with an international musician on a series of T-shirts.

  • I met and talked to the artist and creator of Medical Avatar, Virgil Wong.

  • I made a special painting for a friend. 

  • I celebrated five years with my boyfriend!

My goal for 2015 is mostly to keep working really hard. Managing my time this past semester was quite challenging because I had so much going on, but I’ve already seen the hard work pay off so I know it’s worth it. I have lots of secret projects in mind for the near future (they’re only secret because that’s how I like it at first), and some of those projects involve the structure and content of this site. Another ongoing goal of mine is to keep this place updated and interesting. I love sharing my work and process with whoever happens to stumble across my name or website and I appreciate all of you who have spent a little time here with me. So in closing, thank you and Happy New Year!!

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Medical Avatar: The Health Time Machine

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Medical Avatar: The Health Time Machine, is an art exhibition that was organized by Virgil Wong–artist, researcher, and cofounder of Medical Avatar. The opening reception is taking place this Thursday, November 20th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, VA. Virgil Wong will be giving a lecture at 6:30. Please join us!

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