November 15, 2012
August 7, 2012
March 20, 2012
On March 10th, 2012 I quietly celebrated one full year of accountability at A Year of Days. Every day (except for the one that I totally blew*) since March 10th, 2011 I took a photograph. I carried on an east coast/west coast image conversation with a person who warms my heart and sparks my brain into action whenever I think of her.
Over this past 365 days I’ve had a lot of lows; just plain lousy photo days. Which, oddly, is something I really appreciate about this project. There is something about facing humiliation that I can really sink my teeth into and deal with–it keeps me humble, which in turn keeps me hard-working. It is almost empowering.
There were also a handful of days that I return to with delight. The shots that most satisfy me do two things: deliver visually and capture the essence of the particular day.
There are other days in which our pairs of photos sing. That is a moment of major payoff. Regarding the relationship between us, the two friends, it is notable that we haven’t seen each other for at least a decade. Yet we have a deepening friendship; across a ton of time and thousands of miles we continue to inspire each other and get to know one another better–like multi-media penpals. This is a real and evolving connection. To my mind, this is the best thing about the internet. Connections.
Good days/embrassing days, taken as a whole, AYOD is a document that reflects my doings back to me. It says to me “it is a good life.”
*So, to my disappointment I failed, on January 12th, 2012. I was enduring a long and difficult labor and let 24 hours pass without taking a photograph. Maybe this next 365 days will redeem me with a 100%.
March 19, 2012
Two of my paintings are en route to Seattle today to be included in Red Current (sweet fruit), a group show at Roq La Rue curated by Seattle artist and art provocateur Sharon Arnold. This show features an array of work by 37 Northwest artists–I am humbled and super excited to be among this truly stellar group of artists.
From the press release:
Roq La Rue Gallery Presents RED CURRENT (sweet fruit)
Curated by Sharon Arnold
Opens Friday March 23rd 6-9pm (Show runs through April 7th)
Roq la Rue Gallery scheduled a winter break in it’s programming, and found that it presented an ideal opportunity to fulfill a goal the gallery had for awhile, namely working more closely with local contemporary artists who work closely to but outside the gallery’s usual realm of Pop Surrealism and underground contemporary. Gallerist Kirsten Anderson enlisted Sharon Arnold who had been curating dynamic shows around town to come on board and create a group show for Roq la Rue.
Arnold was inspired to create this exhibition by contemplating the definition of a current, something present and electric, a dynamic force with great power. Citing the exponential blossoming of the local art scene, Arnold wanted to take the opportunity to feature a snapshot of what she feels is an important moment in the growth of the Seattle art scene. “ I believe this will be a very strong collection, and something that hasn’t really been put together to this extent in recent history ”.
Arnold chose artists on the strength of what she felt they brought to the table. “I want this exhibition to feature artists in Seattle who I’ve been watching work hard, inspire, create, build community, push themselves, and move forward.”
The show itself will feature 37 artists in a salon style setting and will feature an array of media including painting, drawing, installation, and video. Roq La Rue is thrilled to work with such an abundance of Northwest talent. Please join us for a very festive opening on March 23rd from 6-9pm!
Mandy Greer Kimberly Trowbridge Amanda Manitach Izzie Klingels Serrah Russell Saskia Delores Debra Baxter Jess Rees Anne Blackburn Erin Frost Lynda Sherman Laura Ward Jennifer McNeely Susanna Bluhm Counsel Langley Erin Shafkind Claire Johnson Klara Glosova Andrea Wicklund Gala Bent Rumi Koshino Naomi Faith Allyce Wood Julie Alpert Crystal Barbre Deborah Scott Kristen Ramirez Allie Manch Ellen Garvens Cristin Ford Gretchen Bennett Francesca Lohmann Emily Pothast Bette Burgoyne Jennifer Borges Foster Jennifer Zwick and Stacey Rozich
March 18, 2012
I am beginning to feel my head rise so that the angle of my gaze has a broader sweep once more; reaching out beyond my most inner circle of influence/responsibility. My third child was born two months ago, three days before my oldest (above) turned nine-years-old. As I move further from pregnancy I can feel the familiar rush of energy seeping back into my veins; ideas, news, works in progress will be showing up as a result.
November 27, 2011
I recently had the pleasure of sitting and talking with Kiera Miller Hodlik about making art, making a career while raising kids, and my, possibly unattainable, goal of making paintings that feel like what it must have felt like to watch Freddie Mercury perform.
Kiera was an pleasure to be interviewed by; prepared, comfortable, and insightful. She was limited by a tight word count and wasn’t able to squeeze in a lot of what we talked about, but I am honored and impressed by the meaty article she put together. Here it is:
November 20, 2011
I haven’t posted in a very long time. I haven’t had any desire to. And, I’ll tell you why. I am pregnant.
Pregnancy changes the system. Chemically. Your scope of the world shifts. The intensity remains as strong, you just begin to operate on short-wave rather than long distance. I think this may be what some call nesting, but I feel it is more fundamental than that. One’s desire to broadcast decreases, and one’s reactions to information taken in is dampened. Simply shifting interests from shouting into the wind to impacting the immediate. This is where I’ve been. At home. Limiting my range, although not the strength of my output.
Despite, the very real results of these internal changes they are only a shift of focus; they have shades of effect on tendencies. I remain actively working and exhibiting. And, am very appreciative of those who are interested. With that in mind I’m about to dish out a bit of a round-up of what I’ve been up to. Please, bear with me as I catch up all at once; as I say less than I am thinking. Like I said, my broadcast mode has been installed with a governor for the time being.
There was this great post at Beautiful/Decay. Thank you Amir. (I’ve been watching this blog for some time, and Amir’s posts consistently catch my eye and often take my breath away–it was an honor to discover his post about my work.)
And, another by a fabulous collector/lady I like: The highlight of my day.
There were two three-person shows that I was honored to be a part of. These shows went up back to back, one in October the second in November, and were packed with stunning work. Both groups were thoughtfully brought together. It was a great pleasure for me, as they each drew out quite different aspects that are present in my work.
About a year ago NAC invited me to have a show with them. They asked that it be a two or three person show and I immediately began thinking about who I would like to invite. Gala and Sharon came to mind quickly and I can’t say how delighted I am that the both agreed. Our work is not immediately visually similar, which is exactly what I wanted for this show. The places where we overlap lies below and is rich territory: repetition, pattern, and a reach for balance of geometry and control with fluid natural phenomenon is present in all of our work. This is spiced with a serious crush on science and the approach of asking or why/how/what do we do and where do with do it, plus a healthy dose of storytelling.
The other show is still happening at Artisans on Taylor; it will be up until the end of November. This time, grouped with Ollie Glatzer and Shellee Miggins. The title You, Me & Geometry let’s you know that the primary focus is our shared love of geometry, which is strongly present in all our work, but also allows for a nod to oddly human interactions with structures, forms and how we use them to build relationships. There are a ton of installation views and shots from the opening here.
There was also the realization that the daily photo habit I have going over at A Year of Days, has truly become just that. A habit. I no longer experience days of ‘ack, I’ve gotta take a picture!’ It just seems to happen. Here’s some recent favorites:
This shot of an orchard at Finnriver Farm ended up gracing their newsletter.
Oh, and one other thing: We have had the absolute most stunningly beautiful fall.
July 12, 2011
July 10, 2011
These images via
Marc Giai-Miniet’s work is now wedged firmly at the front of my mind.