Tuesday, August 10, 2010

That DAM Show Preview

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I visited the Detroit Artists Market today to see the set up for THAT DAM BOX SHOW. It looks awesome! I am really impressed by what some artists created. Here is a look at my piece (last four picture) and some of my favorites.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Inspiration, where are you?

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I have been searching the internet lately for inspiration. Inspiration for creativity. I'm looking for some cool techniques or amazing artists to make me gasp - to make me feel in my gut that emotion - it's like being excited - like I've just discovered a treasure... I don't know how to describe it, but I know when I see something and I have to save it so I can look at it over and over again - like when you get a new album and listen to it nonstop for a week. (are they even called albums anymore?)

This search for inspiration often, at least lately, involves texture - like knitting or multiple layers of fabric or multiple layers of one main element. I'm fascinated with stitching - not cute country crosswork - but work like Tilleke Schwarz - it's embroidery, but unexpected - it tells a story somehow - visually - non-linear. (this piece is "Tree of life",1994, 75 x 70 cm)

I like the texture created by the shadows in this work by Elisa D'Arrigo. Her work soft from a distance but she often laminates the material to stiffen it - I like the contrast of what the piece looks like and what it would actually feel like. (this piece is "Recollection…pink (1)”, 2006)

And my favorite blog lately is by Abigail Doan - I discovered her work a few years ago and fell in love. On her blog she is always posting amazing work and artists and shows... there is something so visceral about fiber work - I can't get enough.

what inspires you?

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Visual journal august 3-6, 2010

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I can't decide if I like these pieces or not - I find them intriguing and maybe unfinished, but I feel if I add anything they will be overdone... Hmmmm

Monday, August 02, 2010

Hope Series

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Here are better pictures of my latest work --- let me know what you think

Friday, July 23, 2010


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So I stopped by the Wordage exhibit at the Detroit Artists Market, and our old art teacher Jack O. Summers did a great job curating this exhibit. It was cohesive and had strong pieces on either side of the gallery that anchored the show. The show highlighted diverse artists who had unique styles, and almost every piece was captivating. I really was drawn into the pieces and intrigued by the hidden meanings or stories of the pieces. I have found that artwork that employs text often comes across as too commercial, too tacky, or too simplistic (trying to walk the viewer through a painting too the point of making them feel like an idiot). But Jack avoided the clichés and put together a sophisticated, fluid, and inspiring show. I didn't get the names of the artists who did all of the pieces that I liked, but here are pictures of the two pieces that I thought were the strongest of the show (the one with the red boot is by Dick Goody and the large "Don't Care" panoramic painting is by Lynn Galbreath).

Friday, July 16, 2010

Visual journal July 13-16, 2010

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I've been creating a lot of backgrounds at once to have pieces prepared ahead of time. I've been working on similar ideas.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Work-in-progress/process -- Hope series

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Again, the picture that I took (in my basement with an iPhone) is darker than the actual pic, and there is a glare from the light in the middle, but you get the idea -- background is an abstraction of the Detroit river. Let me know your thoughts.

Saturday, July 03, 2010


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So the show at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center ended up including only three of my pieces, rather than ten, because of space limitations. I am still happy with how everything turned out.
All in all, it looks like they are going to have a great event. I took a few pictures, which does not give the decorations at the BBAC justice -- it really looks good and I am sure it will be a success.

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