Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Following a lesson in non-objective painting, I gathered some of the discarded snippets from some of the students in the art barn to create these pages in my sketchbook. Interesting concept-maybe i'll return to this idea for a larger installation piece someday...
This is the 'Art Barn' at Camp Towanda where I was employed for the summer. The camp is located in Pennsylvania about 13 miles from the NY boarder. I resided in the art barn as an art specialist for about 8 weeks instructing children ranging in age from 6-16
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
“ We are all inherently biological “
Vines, Coffee Filters, Glue, Coffee, Liquid Latex, Clay
Also part of the Rotten Orange exhibition, Excerpt from artist statement:
The vessel made of vines is representational of one lifecycle. From the moment we are born- we begin to age. Our biological hourglass begins at day one, in our fresh, full, inexperienced body. The eggs that have dropped from the vessel will never return, yet the vessel still holds a sufficient amount of eggs, or experiences to be had.
This was my first installation piece in a gallery exhibition. Again, turning my interests back to vessel making, I spent many days in my garage modeling bird nesting behaviors to create a wooden vessel. Similarly, spending many nights creating hallowed paper egg forms to fill the vessel to appropriate levels, and emerge onto the gallery floor.
18 x 24 in
Mixed Media Monotype Collage
Excerpt from my statement from The Rotten Orange exhibition where these prints were shown:
I have been dancing around the concept of aging, yet subconsciously admitting the basic theory into nearly everything I produce. This specific group of work has outlined my interests in lifecycles and aging of the human body. My initial interests in the aging process of living organisms surfaced as a reaction to tending for a summer garden. As the primary caretaker to the small family of seedlings, I became sensitive to not only their needs, but also the transitions through their short-lived life. As the plants slowly waned in the fall, I found myself interested in comparing these small particles of life, to human life. Observing these organisms through their short lifecycle has humbled me to consider my own lifecycle. I am just another organism, aging everyday.
My commitment to this concept emerged while experimenting with the Monotype process, as an appropriate mode of transportation through its organic qualities. I have since stemmed into mixed media monotypes to illustrate ambiguous stages in a given lifecycle. I reference the skin commonly in my work as our outer shell, exposed to the elements and sensitive to care, consequently offering an honest biography of age. Beyond the influences of skin I have turned my attention to hair for it’s common associations with aging. I admit, I too neglect to fully understand the aging process. Cheers to that, as my studies proceed.