Archive for the ‘Finished Work’ Category

“Diggers” print complete!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Come see my recent work at the MCAD faculty show August 24-September 16.

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“Diggers” 2012 watercolor monotype and woodcut

“Digger drawings” (not pictured) 2012 process book with woodcut, monotype, crayon and pencil drawings

This print and process book are the results of my summer investigation into diggers, the movers and shapers of the earth in my neighborhood. Some diggers are large and loud, they are the construction machines that are building the new central corridor light rail line on University Avenue near my home. Some diggers are small and quiet, they are the ants and sow bugs, earthworms and millipedes that turn and renew the soil in my backyard.

In this print, I have distorted scale in order to make the small diggers and large diggers the same size and importance. These diggers create the infrastructure of my city and the structure of the soil, both profoundly shaping the way I live in this place.

The process book contains a summer’s worth of drawing on location with my two-year-old son as I researched and gathered imagery for the print. Some drawings in the book are his and some are mine, but most contain marks made by both of us as we tried to capture the quick movements of the industrious diggers.

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Altered book cover “Pew View” for MCBA fundraiser

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

MCBA recently sent me a book cover in the mail and asked if I could alter it and donate it for sale. The book cover appeared to be the back cover of a church hymnal and had a price list for buying other collections of “Church Hymns and Gospel Songs.” The end result of my altering is this piece I call “Pew View” (5×7″) which has two removable blank books in a miniature pew-back pocket:

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Detail:

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This is different imagery and subject matter than I usually work with, but it was a nice change of pace to work with a medium that brought its own associations with it.
This piece will be for sale along with other altered book covers and other “bookish” art at MCBA’s Unabashedly Bookish Bash on July 28, 2012, 7-10pm. This is a benefit event to raise funds to match a grant from the NEA for MCBA’s artist programs. See http://mnbookarts.org for more details. If you buy this piece you can write your own tiny hymns or liturgy in the little books!

Shows at Altered Esthetics and MCBA

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Please come support my art in two group shows this May!

My “Tending to Decomposition” handmade paper sculptures and “Glimpses Underground” book are on display as part of the Formed By Nature show at Altered Esthetics from Thursday May 3rd, 2012 through Thursday May 24th, 2012, with an opening on Friday, May 4th from 7pm-10pm and an Artist Discussion on Saturday, May 12th from 1-3 pm. See http://www.alteredesthetics.org for more details.

I went to the opening on Friday and enjoyed seeing the relationships between my work and some of the other pieces in the show. In this picture my pieces are in the foreground:

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My new collaborative project “The Work of Growing Food,” made with origami designer Jane Rosemarin, is on display as part of Shin Jidai: Contemporary Japanese Book and Paper Arts at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts from May 19 to July 15, 2012. “The Work of Growing Food” pieces are vegetables folded by Jane from my woodblock prints of garden tools. I will also be demonstrating Moku Hanga, Japanese woodcut printing, from 12-1:30pm at the Harukaze (“spring wind”) Festival of Japanese Arts at MCBA on May 19th. See http://mnbookarts.org for more details.

Jil Evans at Form and Content and me at Living Green

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

This past weekend I enjoyed two art exhibits:
On Friday, I went to Jil Evans’ opening at Form and Content gallery. Her paintings are beautiful.
http://www.formandcontent.org/fc.current.htm

http://www.livinggreenexpo.mn/expo-highlights/art-exhibition
On Saturday, I went to see the art show at the Living Green expo.

20110510-120141.jpg this video by Kate Casanova showed hermit crabs exploring a person’s head, and the photograph had mushrooms growing out of a chair. I have been interested in her work since I first saw it at MCAD.
I also liked the basket-like hanging nests by Sean Connaughty. There was one just around the corner from my work:

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And here’s what it looked like inside, big enough to crawl into though the signs asked us not to:

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Installing at Living Green Expo

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Today I installed work at the art show in conjunction with the Living Green Expo. It felt good to see my Tending to Decomposition series up again.

It makes me think that I want to keep making art like this. But I also feel that I am so happy with the way materials, process, form, and content worked together in these, that I wonder why make more? I wonder if I need a seed of discontent with earlier work, a problem to solve, to motivate the next piece?

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His Roots version two

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I made a new version of His Roots this week, adding more blue gradation in the background and a pink gradation in the placenta.

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His Roots

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

So, now it’s been two months since I posted that I would be back to updating this blog regularly, feeding the creative process. I finished the print “His Roots” a long time ago, and am happy with it. It is in a print portfolio that will have a show sometime next year. In order to keep making work, I think I need to commit to participating in at least two print portfolios per year after this.

I am satisfied with being a mother and being a teacher. My students at MCAD are now working on their final projects, printed books. My son is crawling. I get so much satisfaction from facilitating and observing other people’s learning, making and becoming. The question for this blog is how to facilitate my own learning and making. Part of it is a matter of time management. It’s hard to focus on making art when I am hungry and need to wash dishes in order to make food. Part of it is also a matter of motivation. Seeing my students or my son interact with me and the world motivates me to invest more time in watching them and helping them. In order for my art to motivate me to spend more time with it, I have to spend time looking at what I’ve made before and remembering why I made it. Also, in the midst of the clutter of a house that seems to be impossible to baby-proof, it’s difficult to be motivated to make more physical objects. So, perhaps I need to find ways to work that are more ephemeral, more recyclable? Or to tap into the motivation I get from working with other people and find ways to work that are more collaborative?

Cracked and Inhabited

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Cracked and Inhabited, 2007, 20x15”, Japanese-style water-based woodcut.

Here’s another past print inspired by the worms in my compost. I would often find a cluster of them hidden inside an eggshell. The eggshell to me in this piece is a delicate, damaged, and beautiful world. I discarded it and then the worms found and re-purposed it as their shelter, and perhaps even a safe place to mate, making it once again a place where life is renewed.