Summer in the City

July 17, 2011

After six weeks in the city, with an entirely new life and lifestyle (nearly everything that can change has changed!), I am finally beginning to settle into something that may resemble a routine. I am getting the hang of my new job as a sculpture conservator, which is both crazy awesome and crazy tedious, the hour long commute there and back, the bike ride to studio, my new neighborhood of Bushwick, and all those little things like new bank accounts, po boxes, library cards, grocery shopping and cooking, laundry, cleaning, etc. I’ve managed to gather a lot of my stuff that has been scattered throughout New England, though I still owe Boston and Providence a trip in order to pick up a few more things stored there. The studio is as organized as it can get for now (still need to find some sturdy industrial shelving to get some of my crap off the floor) and I’ve launched into a new set of drawing experiments. Wayfarers will have our first group show opening September 2, so I’m hoping to resolve some of the work I started at VCCA in time for that show, though I have a long way to go! The work is heading in a new direction, which I am very excited about, but will require a lot of time learning and experimenting to complete. I’m going to try and get back into the habit of writing updates fairly consistently, but for now getting an entry every couple weeks seems to be about as much as I can manage. So until then, here are some images of the studio…

the studio...

stuff growing, two dimensionally and three dimensionally...

references and other stuff...

Week 10 of 52 at VSC

April 11, 2010

It’s finally warming up here in Johnson, VT, though not very consistently. Last weekend we got a taste of summer and most of the following week was gorgeous as well—even the rainy days were beautiful. I bring this up not out of a need for small talk but because it’s adding a little pressure to the work in studio. Candy is melting and I’m not necessarily ready for it! So far everything has remained totally in tact all winter without much effort on my part and now that it’s warm enough for things to melt of their own accord, I need to prepare myself and my studio for it. I’m going to have to start working in a much more planned and purposeful way; gems are sticking to their shelves, detritus all over the floor is attaching itself permanently and stringy experiments are disappearing entirely. Luckily (or I guess not luckily but intentionally), I’ve been thinking a lot about various plans for all of this so I don’t feel totally unprepared… I guess it’s just funny to me that the catalyst for all of this is going to end up being the weather! It’s looking like the approaching spring will be what lights a fire under my slacking butt…

I borrowed an empty studio across the hall for a week or two to expand into the 2nd dimension...

Spent a day or two playing around with the idea of candy drawings

So far this one is the most interesting to me...

Not sure where these are headed yet, but they were super fun!

Once I've had a little more time to think about these, I will try another round...

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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