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January + February Inspiration

Note: Sometimes the things I include in these posts directly influence something I’m working on; other times I include things that just inspire and motivate me to continue making work.

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1. Flower parade featuring floats inspired by Vincent van Gogh in the Netherlands

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2. This heartbeat gif

“Envy will eat you alive; cynicism will eat your work alive.”

3. Jerry Saltz’s tips for art students

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4. Paintings by Guayasamín

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5. Exhibition: Queen by Molly Zuckerman-Hartung and Dana DeGiulio

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6. This sewing gif

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7. Poetry Readings

“One of the hardest things about being chronically ill is that most people find what you’re going through incomprehensible—if they believe you are going through it. In your loneliness, your preoccupation with an enduring new reality, you want to be understood in a way that you can’t be. “Pain is always new to the sufferer, but loses its originality for those around him,” the nineteenth-century French writer Alphonse Daudet observes in his account of living with syphilis, “In the Land of Pain.” “Everyone will get used to it except me.””

8. New Yorker article: What’s Wrong with Me? by Meghan O’Rourke

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9. Videos of the old masters at work

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10. Vintage NASA Posters

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11. Isabelle Arsenault and her illustrations for Jane, the Fox, and Me

“I’m not a celebrity, I’m a worker. I’ve always worked. I was working before people read anything about me, and the day they stopped reading about me, I was doing even more work. And the idea that if you’re a mother, you’re not doing anything—it’s the hardest job there is, being a mother or father requires great sacrifice, discipline, selflessness, and to think that we weren’t doing anything while we were raising a son or daughter is appalling. It makes me understand why some human beings question their worth if they’re not making a huge amount of money or aren’t famous, and that’s not right.”

12. Interview with Patti Smith by Alan Light

Links: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12

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Fall 2015: Work

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!

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John Paul Caponigro Lecture

Recently at the Taubman Museum of Art here in Roanoke, we had an exhibition featuring the work of father and son photographers Paul Caponigro and John Paul Caponigro. I taught several art lessons inspired by their work and came to really love the photographs.

Right before the show was deinstalled, John Paul came to do a lecture on his creative process and I was fortunately able to attend. He is a wonderful speaker and so positive and encouraging. Something that especially resonated with me were his thoughts on planning and–ready for it?–attention. I mentioned earlier this week that I would bring this up again. The theme for my first summer residency in Chicago was Attention and since then I hear about it everywhere and all the time!

From the SAIC website…

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John Paul brought up the theme of planning and noticing as he talked about the way he works. Basically, once he knows what he’s looking for (he used waves as an example), he notices them everywhere: waves in the sand, waves in the water, waves in the sky. When you pay attention you notice patterns.
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John Paul also signed some copies of this book, which showcases his work and his father’s work. Had to get one!

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I can’t stress enough how valuable it is to hear an artist talk about their work and their practice. Take the time to listen and I can almost guarantee that you’ll appreciate the work more afterwards. As always, thanks for reading! xoxo

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The Gallery U: Weeks 1-8

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Every week I will share links to my posts on The Gallery U website. If you don’t already know, The Gallery U is a recently launched website featuring the artwork of college students across the US. I am one of 18 interns who will be posting new work every week along with a brief description. If you visit the site, you will notice a small heart icon on each post. The intern with the most clicks at the end of 15 weeks will be featured in V23, a New York-based blog which showcases the music, creative writing, photography, and art of young adults. If you like what you see, please help me increase my chances of winning by clicking that heart! xoxo

Week 1: Self Portrait

Week 2: Untitled (Madame Insulin in Red)

Week 3: Insulin is Not a Cure

Week 4: Ebb and Flow

Week 5: MI Framed

Week 6: Yes.

Week 7: Too Sweet

Week 8: Untitled (Pig Composition)

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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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Fall Update

Last week I had my first studio visit with my mentor for school and it was so helpful. In Chicago I was able to get feedback from other artists at pretty much any moment so it was sort of a difficult transition to go from that to having little access to feedback again. My mentor gave me a few assignments and some questions to ponder over and I’m very excited to get started.

Last week I also started teaching an after school art class for Roanoke City. This means I will be teaching five to six different classes every week for a couple months. The kids were great and I’m looking forward to working with them every week :]

I’m working on so many different things right now. Here are two!

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More sugar painting

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A special self-portrait…

I’m also working on a commissioned painting, some show submissions, and a secret side project! More info soon. Thanks for reading!

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Work News

Photo Credit: Randall Stout Architects
Photo Credit: Randall Stout Architects

If you’ve visited my blog before, you might know about my life as a post-graduate struggling to find a good job in my field. I wrote lots of cover letters and sent out lots of resumes in the past 16 months and needless to say, it was a pretty frustrating time. I knew that I would find something eventually, but it’s always hard to hear a “no” (or several “no’s” in a row).

I feel like I’m finally at a really good place. I am a graduate student so I needed something that wasn’t too intense. Last week I starting working at the Taubman Museum of Art here in Roanoke, VA and I love it. It’s an awesome balance of art and education and I feel so lucky to have landed this position. (Disclaimer: The postings of this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Taubman Museum of Art.) My official title is “Children’s Education Associate” so I’ll be working with kids in a museum setting. I probably won’t write too much about it, just for confidentiality reasons, but I wanted to share this news that’s very exciting for me :]

This year, I will also be teaching after school gifted art again, this time at two elementary schools. I expect my new role at the museum to give me lots and lots of lesson ideas that I can also use with my gifted art students.

I’m still figuring out some kind of routine so that I can effectively balance school, work, and studio time. It will be a challenge for sure, but I’m excited about it. In one of my online classes, we have actually been discussing post-Fordism workers and how they often juggle multiple roles and what it’s like to be an artist in this post-Fordist circumstance. This talk about post-Fordism (which is a recently learned term for me) truly resonates right now. Anyway, thanks for reading!

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SAIC Studio Space

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I went to the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and saw a piece of art by Felix Gonzalez-Torres–it was a stack of these sheets of paper and the intention was for visitors to take a sheet with them in an act of “letting go.”

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Can’t have blank walls…

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This space has filled up a little since the photo was taken…

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Headed to Chicago!

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I’ve already announced this on my Facebook page, but I’m officially going to be attending SAIC starting this June! The past few months have been such a roller coaster. The application process was stressful, the waiting was stressful, figuring out how to pay for everything is stressful…but what makes it all worth it is the fact that little ol’ me got into one of the best art schools in the country and I’m actually able to go (with a lot of hard work and sacrifices of course).

I’m very fortunate to have the support of my loved ones during this part of my life. They keep me from losing sight of reality, but they also help me believe in myself. I would not be able to do this without them. (Thank you!!)

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There is a lot of debate about whether or not an MFA is necessary for a successful art career, but what I’m most looking forward to is just being in an environment that encourages my growth and continually pushes me to exceed my limits. I’m excited for the intensity of the summer program and I can’t wait to be surrounded by and learn from other passionate artists. I’ve never been alone in a big city, so that in itself will also be an adventure for sure. The excitement outweighs the nerves right now ;]

Anyway, you can be sure that I will share a lot about my experiences as a grad student as well as lots of new work in the future! As always, thanks for reading :]

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I’m Feeling…

…Thoughtful

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction of my current body of work. Even though I’ve known this for a while (thanks to my dad), I feel like right now I really need to complete at least one painting every week. That is the only way that I can discover new ways of expressing my thoughts and feelings about diabetes and decide which methods are the most effective for both myself and my audience.

To remind me of this, I recently bought an inspirational poster designed by Nikki Hampson with this Ira Glass quote on it:

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“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good. It has potential. But it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.”

I really love that quote. When I was student teaching earlier this year, my high school cooperating teacher showed it to me and I never forgot about it. I found the poster here :]

There’s a lot going on right now, especially with the holidays coming up, so it will be a challenge to finish at least one painting a week, but I think I can do it. Wish me luck!

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