Czeslaw Milosz’s words…always around and about in the back of my mind. They meander through my art journal, like a guest that came to visit and moved in. I open a door and find them there, looking in a mirror, stretched out on a couch, watering the plants on the window sill.
What’s inside my art journal?
A path round and about my subject. Probing it from many different directions.
A trip inside my brain.
Playing with lots of different media.
A sensation in my hands.
Paper folding in and out of the journal with adjacent ideas.
The moment of deepest questioning.
The moment of discovery. Maybe.
the more I yearn for the old-school touch of a hand-made book.
Ok, so I read lots of online magazines and blogs. And yeah, there’s a kindle on my nightstand.
But how I love the pleasures of art journaling and making a book from scratch! Here are a few books I made in the studio. Some to go into shows. Others as gifts for young artists I mentored.
My latest one of a kind will be exhibited along with my video and photos soon. So stay tuned!
Thank you to Amit Mukhopadhyay who curated me into two shows in India!
Although I wasn’t able to travel to see the installations because of my teaching schedule, I was thrilled to discover new contexts for my work and exhibit with other artists on the international stage.
I had a wonderful surprise when I checked my mail today– A book in my mailbox!
“Honey, did you order something for me?” But my husband was as surprised. We opened the box and found a warm letter accompanying a complimentary copy of Convergence: The Art Collection of the National Academy of Sciences.
The book is a limited edition, but will be available as an online version for FREE very soon. There are 14 essays with a variety of perspectives on the cross-disciplinary discourse between art and science. With LOTS of really amazing art. I’m super thrilled because my work is featured in it!
Is that awfully dorky of me? Well, I’ve always maintained it’s far better to be happy than cool. And I’m very happy right now!
More experiments with paper cuts, using sculpted paper/Mylar in a shadowbox.
Something else I’ve been playing with, using figures from The Last Judgment. This time I’m working with sculpted paper/Mylar in a shadowbox. Working small at first, with single and multiple figures, just to experiment with the effects.
No, the picture’s not fuzzy.That’s the effect of the cut and folded paper coming in and out of focus as it pressed up against the frosted cover!
Just a little something I’ve been experimenting with– laser cut drawings. I lifted figures from The Last Judgment, drew them in vector, and took them down to the laser cutter for a looksie. Expensive process! $200 for this small lot, and I want to do the entire 200 figures from the Last Judgment! This small lot is pinned directly on the wall. Ideally, the figures will respond to the architecture of the gallery, and a contour line wall drawing of an explosion will anchor them further. What do you think?
This is just a little note to let you know that my artwork has been featured on Saatchi Online’s homepage this week!
You can find the link to our homepage here: www.saatchionline.com
My piece shown with the works priced at $500 and under.
Each week Saatchi features artists who display strong work on their site, and as they said in their invitation to show on the homepage “We think yours is beautiful.”
It’s time to nominate someone for the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award. I’m nominating Rosita Romero, and encourage you to do so as well! Here’s a partial list of her contributions:
Seattle Art Museum Docent, offering bilingual tours (Since 2008)
Volunteer Park Conservatory docent (Since 2007)
Member of the Seattle Chapter of the Ikebana International Association, participating in the Ikebana flower arrangements for the Seattle Art Museums (SAM and SAAM) (since 1995)
Organizing member of West Edge Sculpture Invitational 2004–2008)
Owned and operated Isis on First Art Gallery (1995–2010)
Juror and panelist throughout Seattle and Washington for exhibits and community art events (Onyx African-American Fine Art Project, Seatac Airport, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Seattle City Hall, Town Hall, Seattle Convention Center, Mexican Consulate, Benaroya Hall)
Organizer of First Invitational Latino Art Festival at Seattle Center during Cinco de Mayo Celebration (2001–2002)
Here’s the link:http://www.seattle.gov/arts/events/arts_awards_nomination.asp?sent=true