Lid monotypes gathered

August 12th, 2011

I didn’t quite fulfill my original goal of making one monotype a day this summer, but I did make a handful. I put most of them up on a bulletin board to look at them. Next steps are to choose the 12, or maybe just 9, I want to put in the faculty exhibition, and decide how to present them.


Mind map for canning jar lid monotypes

May 27th, 2011

I’m preparing to teach three summer classes: Art Education in a Web 2.0 World, A Space of Possibility: Visual Journals, and Collaborative Printmaking: A Press-Free Approach.

I have some ideas to make my work for the fall faculty show line up with the summer classes. In Collaborative Printmaking we’re doing watercolor monotype, so the media I’ve chosen of monotypes using canning jar lids will align with what I’m teaching there. Here are my most recent unprinted plates:


For the other two classes, students must choose a theme or focus to work within, and in Visual Journals they do a mind map to brainstorm their theme. Here’s my mind map:


I’m still somewhat undecided about whether to focus on portraits of my son (which fits with where my mind and eyes are anyway) or little studies from soil (which fits better with my past work). Both of them could work with the idea of processing and preserving (canning lids) memories and observations of someone or something living and changing.

Whisper: Jiyoung Chung’s Joomchi at MCBA

May 16th, 2011

Today I am at MCBA looking at paper art by Jiyoung Chung. It is richly textured through a process of folding and wetting. There are also holes in it that remind me of holes stretching in worn out clothing.

This is a detail of “Whisper-Romance II-VIII – Walking with You” It also has a strip of bright orange paper between the layers:

A view of another part of the exhibit:

I would like to learn Joomchi, the technique she’s using, and talk to her more about her intentions.

Jil Evans at Form and Content and me at Living Green

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.
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:

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


Installing at Living Green Expo

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?


Repairing Clod

May 3rd, 2011

Preparing to install work in a show at the Living Green Expo this weekend. I noticed that Clod: A Book of Soil was a little fragile. I found some extra spun paper thread roots and am adding them in to reinforce the structure of the book.

It is fun to be working on it again, rediscovering the worms hidden in the pages.


Canning jar lid monotypes

April 3rd, 2011

A friend of mine came over a couple of weeks ago to experiment with watercolor monotypes. I have usually used frosted Mylar such as Duralar as a plate for watercolor monotypes, but this time I decided to try a different plate: a canning jar lid.

First, I coated the lids with dishsoap as a release agent.

After the soap dried, I painted with watercolor.

After the paint was dry, I printed on damp paper to transfer the image.

The paper in the lower left was a drawing paper my friend brought; we think it may have been canson bright edition. It worked well but some of the detail of the print was lost in the texture of the paper. The other paper is from a roll of sumi art paper by Yasutomo, it was smooth and the detail transferred well but it was a little fragile. The top print tore as I was pressing it. I used a metal spoon for pressing and a piece of kitchen parchment to help the spoon glide over the damp paper.

Teaching Drawing

March 25th, 2011

Final drawing series by Andrew Kuhrmeyer

I’m a couple of months late in posting this, but I wanted to mention here my experience of teaching Drawing at Bethel University in January. I was happy to get this opportunity to teach at the school where I went to college. My students came from many different majors and very little art background. We focused on observational drawing from still life objects. Between in-class drawing and homework, the students drew for several hours a day for three and a half weeks, and the practice paid off with noticeable improvements in students’ ability to draw what they could see. The final project was a series of three drawings. The students chose subjects that were meaningful to them, such as musical instruments or sports gear.

Final drawing series by Jordan Gardner

His Roots version two

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.

His Roots version two

His Roots

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?