I intended to write an anniversary blog entry in a more timely manner, or have a party, or otherwise find some way to commemorate this momentous occasion but kept forgetting about it! A year ago, last March 6th I believe, was my last day of work as an exhibit designer. Normally that wouldn’t mean much other than looking for a new job, but for me it meant an unprecedented commitment to art making. I know I’ve said this before, but just to remind you (especially you, Errol!), I loved a lot about my design job and miss a lot of the wonderful people I worked with back then. Quitting was really about the art making, not about the job per se, which is why it feels important to acknowledge it. I mean… seriously! Look at what has happened in only a year! I’ve given up nearly everything recognizable about my life at that time and fully embraced something completely different. Or at least done my best to fully embrace it—I’ve been better at it at certain times than others. Quite a rollercoaster the last year has been, and it just keeps chugging along! Anyways, let’s see if I can put together a little before and after…

A year ago, I was here…

Boston! With Matt!

Doing this…

Toxic things in my apartment

Now, a year later…

Alone, in studio, Northern Vermont, March...

Crazy, I know… You are astounded.  Of course, the benefit back then was I had money. I should have bought a camera, knowing mine would die now… Which brings me to appeal number two for anyone out there who might have a spare camera lying around. It’s really hard to write a weekly blog or document process or time based artwork when you don’t have a camera. The situation is getting a little desperate… I’ve been borrowing the studio center’s camera but it is a pretty sad little thing (probably donated when someone else got a new one) and I’m going to have to bite the bullet and come up with another solution soon. Ideas anyone?

Lastly, I will close this little anniversary entry with some eye candy. Hahaha, I am so clever (sorry, really weird mood—new crew of residents arrived today and I think the turnover is making me a little crazy…)

More successful hollow casts...

Diamond-like

Week 7 of 52 at VSC

March 22, 2010

Approaching the end of month number two at the beautiful Vermont Studio Center. This week felt like my first really good work week until the distractions of a fabulous St. Patrick’s day, a great trip to Montreal (saw Marcel Dzama, Etienne Zack and Luanne Martineau at the Contemporary Art Museum) and the requisite stomach bug for the weekend. But now that all of that is over, I’m hoping this week will pick up on some of last weeks momentum…

Started some rock candy... cultures? growths? not sure what to call them...

tests? samples? experiments?

So far, all they have done is successfully grow on the bottom of the jar, not on the string—supposedly this is a common problem so I'm not worried yet

I also assembled this wall of advertising porn a couple weeks ago—not really ready to talk about why it's there, but there is a plan for it...

I also wore some candy for the first time this week—around my neck to be a little more specific. This is related to the wall of advertising so I will share more on all that at a later date, but I have some pretty funny/gross pictures of the results. Hopefully I will have more by the end of this week… Until then, wishing you all a wonderful week!

Week 6 of 52 at VSC

March 14, 2010

I think I am finally beginning to really settle down a little—emotionally, mentally, spatially. The studio is closer to being a space where I feel like I can get work done; the office is not settling down, but I’m getting used to the idea that every week will be different so I can’t plan on much of anything, and I’m better at figuring out how involved to get with residents, resident activities and other scheduled events. There’s been a lot of thought going into learning to be OK with where I am at on every level; with the artwork, with the office work, with my life outside of studio and with the limited amount of socializing available in Johnson, VT. In terms of the artwork, I had my first studio visit with visiting artist Carol Hepper on Friday and her suggestion was to stop limiting myself. To use rules and other constructions to get started but to let go of them in order to move forward without getting hung up on self-imposed restrictions. She walked out of my studio reminding me that I’m here to break the rules so do it!

First round of casts of the glass knobs

A couple fresh casts

New pink gem

A bright red cast in the other knob-like molds

The bottom half, half red, half amber...

Shelf Update

Onward and Upward!

Week 5 of 52 at VSC

March 8, 2010

This has been a strange one. The realization that I live in Vermont finally started to sink in and I found myself wondering on a daily basis, what on earth am I doing here?! Don’t get me wrong—VSC is a wonderful place and I am still excited to be here, but at the same time I am finding that I have no idea what I’ve gotten myself into! I voluntarily moved to the middle of nowhere, abandoning whatever I did or did not have going on in Boston, to be a part of this bizarre transitory community of which I am now one of the few fixed points… Everyone else gets to pass through, taking full advantage of all that is here, but I am not one of those and I cannot make use of it as I once could… There is still no rhythm to the schedule or the studio work and now I am starting to wonder if there ever will be. Maybe it will be a year of lurching energy as every day feels like a new battle to get to studio and get my head in the game… It also doesn’t help that my camera finally bit the dust or that my office work load has been a bit out of control. The camera still functions, but not as much as I  need it to, and I’m just going to keep telling myself that the office work load is temporary… Anyone want to donate a camera to a good cause? I promise I will use it only for good and not evil… In any case, the most exciting event of the week was the explosion of crystals out of their container. I love that I can be out of the studio for a full week and walk in to find this marvelous and surprising thing growing in it. Maybe I should do more work that creates itself without my presence!

Only 6 days after starting them, they are literally exploding out of their container

So pretty...

A close up of some of the smaller crystals

One of the larger spikes

And now some of those drawings I’ve been promising to share… I still have no idea what I’m doing with these, but for now I’m OK with that. I’m curious to see where they end up, but I’m not interested in forcing them… yet…

One of the first few...

My drawing assignment has sort of degraded into just a fun thing to do when I cant make it to studio

Most are done in an hour or so, this one took a bit longer...

Diamonds are a girls best friend

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