First Wayfarers Show!

August 21, 2011

I am still working on settling in to a routine of work, studio and play, so I haven’t been as regular with these posts as I would like… But soon, very soon, I think things will calm down a little. But not until after our first group show! Wayfarers will be hosting a show in our gallery at 1109 Dekalb featuring all the artists in the collective with an opening reception on Friday, September 16. If you can make it out, I would love to see you here! I am also happy to show you my studio and the other work I have been plugging away at since my arrival in June, so let me know if you think you can make it. The show should be up for 5 or 6 weeks, so there will be plenty of time to see it if you can’t come on the 16th. Hope to see some of you here! Check out this time lapse video, filmed over the course of four weeks at VCCA, that is related to what I will be showing:

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Tangents

May 28, 2011

One nice thing about residencies is having the time and space to let yourself do anything–play if you will. Not that I normally ignore the urge to go off on tangents, but here you don’t have to feel as guilty about it when you do… So here’s some recent tangents:

built a funny little experimental diorama in a thrift store pitcher

though I'm not a big fan of clever art, I just thought this miniature 50 lb. bag of sugar was too funny--here it is submerged in crystal solution

this place is filled with giant bugs--constantly flying overhead and getting underfoot

every other day I come into the studio to find a new bug "trapped" in one of the pieces

these started out as technical experiments, but I realized I was thinking of them as my little pets

so now I think of them as bugs, influenced by early summer in Southwest Virginia

Progress

May 24, 2011

Southwest Virginia is entering full fledged summer mode–80 degree weather every day, brilliant sunshine interrupted by the occasional brief but powerful thunderstorm. I love it! Thankfully the studios and housing all have air conditioning so it’s easy to escape the sometimes thick humidity. But I digress. I loaded up the next tank full of new work this weekend–a waist piece and a head piece. Here’s some images of the waist piece in progress:

it sort of runs from underneath the breast, up to the armpit

a detail of a new technique, sewing parts together, that I'm really liking... even though it's incredibly tedious to do...

the new piece, off the form and into the tank

the same piece, now suspended in solution

Focus…

May 19, 2011

I returned late last night (or early this morning depending on how you look at it) from a blitzkrieg trip to NYC. Am totally exhausted, but happy that I went because it confirmed pretty much everything about my move up there in just a few weeks–studio, apartment, and at least a temp job if not a full time one. Hopefully this means I’ll be able to set most of my worries aside and finally really focus on what I’m doing here in the studio, which includes:

sewing

cooking

crafting

patterning

knitting

Time Lapsed

May 12, 2011

After a week and a half at VCCA, I have to report that I haven’t had much time to work in the studio! Since it is my first time back in Virginia for more than a few days in… oh… 8 years? I’ve spent my first couple weeks splitting my time between visiting with old friends I haven’t seen in years and preparing for the move to Brooklyn. After my Monday arrival, I had just enough time to unpack and set up my room and studio before leaving on Thursday to see Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria in Roanoke with my family. Friday a friend visited me here, Saturday I met another friend in Lynchburg for drinks and Sunday my parents visited me so we could spend some quality Mother’s Day time together. Monday was relatively uninterrupted, then Tuesday I headed to Richmond to visit VCU’s Material Studies & Sculpture departments, crashed with a friend in Church Hill, then spent Wednesday with another friend I hadn’t seen in 7 years. Now that I’m back at VCCA, I have a couple days to do some more NYC job hunting (I told myself I would do it once a week, but missed last week because I just couldn’t make myself do it the few hours I was actually in studio!) and then I head to NYC this weekend to confirm my studio at Wayfarer’s Brooklyn, my apartment sublet in Bushwick, and to meet with a couple of job possibilities. THEN, I will finally have some uninterrupted studio time.

In between everything, I have managed to fill my first 10 gal tank with new work and fresh solution. AND set up a time-lapse video of the crystals growing in this new tank, so that’s something at least. Here’s some pics:

knit hardened on top of fabric armatures

knit without armature, almost ready to go in the tank

the first new piece, in the tank after 3 days of growth--the halo around all the strands are the first tiny crystals

a close-up of the crystals after 3 days in the tank

the camera setup for what will be a time lapse video

Late Spring at VCCA

May 7, 2011

Some photos of the ridiculously beautiful VCCA campus:

the entrance gate

the residence hall--my balcony is the one on the second floor to the right of the sculpture in this photo

the main lawn directly behind the residence hall

cute romantic gazebo

outdoor pool--I think they're going to fill it in a couple weeks

the office

the studio barn, where all writer, visual artist and composer studios are located

gate out to the cow field

VCCA!

May 3, 2011

Arrived here in Amherst yesterday afternoon–unloaded and unpacked everything (studio and room) and spent the evening setting up my studio to begin working today. The housing here is amazing–it’s like having my own hotel room–I have a balcony! Which I love, though I wish there was a cheap plastic chair I could leave out there because I intend to hang out on that balcony as much as possible… I also have my own sink, so no worries about hogging the bathroom or battling with my bathroom partner for time–we only have to share the toilet and shower. The room has tons of storage (although I don’t know for what since I only brought one small duffle bag worth of clothing), an exposed brick wall, AC, and a nice little armchair–way better than my VSC accomodations. Now all you VSC fans out there, remember, I worked there. I realize some of the rooms are huge and awesome, I just got stuck with a closet sized one. Everyone here (except one or two people) have the same setup so no room discrepancies. My studio is huge–very long, kind of skinny, which is totally fine with me. It had a ton of furniture already in it–all of it on casters, which is awesome–including a bed and there’s a shower down the hall if I wanted to crash here at any point. I also have my own slop sink, which is great because I spend a lot of time at it cleaning tanks and buckets, pots and pans. And there’s AC in my studio! So no worries about having to become nocturnal because it gets too hot, cooking in studio in the summer. It’s on a beautiful, hilly, woodsy farm with a lake/pond on one side, railroad on another, and a local route on the other with cows, horses and dogs. Nothing within walking distance, so can’t stumble home from the Hub or grab a quick slice of pizza, but as a much smaller residency (only about 20 people at a time–artists, writers and composers), it’s just a lot quieter, more focused and a more intimate setup. Enough blabbing, here’s some pics before unpacking or setting anything up:

the lovely setup in my room--storage, sink and shelves stocked with books!

bedroom with balcony!

view from my balcony

my gigantic studio--even has a slew of clamp lights

mini bedroom in my studio

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