Can You Tell Me Where Their Graves Are?
Invitation to the closing of Pierce
Additional pieces and alterations will change the landscape of the gallery space. Whether you were able to attend the opening or you were unable to make it, you do not want to miss the closing!
Kitchen Table Gallery
October 29th, 6-9 pm
1853 North Howard Street
I will be present in some of my performance attire. The talented John Schenk aka Tantrum Tonic will grace us with his mastery of sound. And light refreshments will be provided.
AND, There will be a few of my pieces being offered for collection through raffles as well as purchase.
Stop through on your way to Halloween festivities. If you are in costume even better!
A Rare Opportunity
Paper Dance, the original form was created by Anna Halprin, is an extraordinary dance artist who was creating artworks for quite sometime before Antoni. Antoni's rendition was just as touching on so many levels as her energy ripped through the room as she told the story of her life through dance with this fragile, malleable yet powerful abstracted version of herself and her life.
"Once a week for fourteen weeks at the Fabric Workshop, I will perform my own paper dance surrounded by thirty-six crates that contain my works—they’ll be laid out as audience seating. Each time I start the performance, I will open a crate and bring the work out to sit with the viewers, so that my works can witness the dance too. Twenty-two rolls of paper will be leaning against the wall, and each time I perform I’ll take a roll and transform it through the dance. The paper’s endlessly malleable, always producing images—it directs me. When I perform, one of my pieces will be out at the same time. I will treat each instance of this like a small show by creating a narrative line throughout all the performances, accentuating various aspects of my pieces and how they relate to the dance. But I do have to say, there’s something incredibly significant for me while my works are in their crates. They’re still alive for me without being seen, and it’s comforting to be surrounded by my history. But they have an uncomfortable presence too—a burdensome weight. I can feel them in the room, like people standing there. The work can still support me when crated and “invisible.” The paper is alive and the past work is still alive—absence and presence coalesce, exist at the same time. During the time between every performance, there will be a film fragment from a fifty-one-year-old recording of Anna’s Parades and Changes playing among the crates, to make the show feel “in process,” in flux, unfinished. It’s the first time I’ll truly be working with the notion of duration, and how meaning evolves over time. Creative work isn’t linear—it’s more of a spiral." excerpt from Artforum interview with Janine Antoni.
Concerning my own work this was an extremely important exhibition for me to experience, the works speaking on many issues that are dear to my heart including death, aging, intimacy and pschology. Swallow, which was a stunning and captivating piece that I was able to view but not in its entirety as the art work was performed privately to an audience of only ten by Antoni and Petronio. Eight audio sections were placed around the gallery space with the viewers reactions who had witnessed the performance between Janine Antoni and Stephen Petroni, who both swallowed an end of a 10 foot long cloth rope. To my understanding the cloth was assembled together and a print from the performance which was printed on the cloth. The cloth was then placed in a glass case while moths consumed it in a life cycle contained inside the glass case. Absolutely breathtaking on so many levels, this cycle of love and death. If you know me fairly well...insects are of some importance to my artworks including moths.
If you have never looked into Janine Antoni and these other artists I highly recommend you do!
Here's a wonderful little article I located on some of Janine Antoni's work that is pertinent to my own; Janine Antoni, Gets Personal.
“Our bodies physically store our memories. We are the history of our lives, so to be in touch with one’s body is to have access to those memories.”
It's almost as if life keeps slapping me upside the head saying, "Why are you wasting your time working for other people's needs and goals when you should be creating?' But I then have to remind myself this doesn't happen over night and I'm on my own journey placing the pieces where I want them but they don't always fit or at least not at that moment. Many times I feel like an outsider outside the outsiders. And I've been asking myself where am I going to focus the next part of my life? Working for others or working towards my dreams with the time I have left in this life?
Before the artists were set free to begin working on our art installations I couldn't help the tears that began to overtake my eyes and blur my vision while heat flushed my cheeks and consumed my body with a surge of feelings, including embarrassment and pride.
I've been here all too often with what some may consider my sensitive nature hoping no one in the room happens to notice the twitching of my face and the quiver of my lips. Feeling out of place and that I'm the only one with hot pulsing flesh around my skull completely in awe and beyond thankful that I've made it this far.
During this exhilarating yet painfully loud internal moment, I had never envisioned the outcome that would come to be so. Don't get me wrong -- I had my many worries and doubts of course. But not that I would never be able to finish the installation due to the Philadelphia Licenses and Inspection shutting down the entire exhibition.
Over 40 large scale installation artist teams were affected, myself being one of them. But that wasn't the only problem I faced during that project. I learned a great deal about having a team of art assistants that you unfortunately are unable to pay, with their own lives and financial demands, who have only so much time to spare. Of course my assistants were of tremendous help when they could assist me with their tight schedules in-between work and other obligations.
I learned that when I have a gut feeling that I'm going to need more time for install and upon asking for more time that when I'm denied, to demand harder or perhaps walk away from the entire project saving myself from otherworldly emotional and physical pain radiating through my entire being like dull knifes scraping against my skeleton.
I spent the vast majority of time installing by myself day after day through many a sleepless night. No one should put themselves through the intense violent pain I was experiencing, not even me.
I also learned a great deal about people's personalities and who will be truly supportive even if only through words of encouragement and compassion. I also learned I'm an incredibly intelligent and creative woman who has every right to pursue my dreams to their fullest capacity.
My current immersive installation is thunderously more crucial than the previous mentioned install because I've set out to accomplish a very huge dream of mine on my own. I have a tremendous road ahead of me and believe me it's not absent of hurdles both project wise and personal. But every day becomes more and more exciting as I step closer to this project becoming a reality..
With all this being said without going into more gritty detail of the hurdles I faced and will in the future, I ask that you keep this in mind considering all the sacrifice including physical and mental demands that go into projects such as these. Over the course of the next 3 days I ask that you highly consider attending the Truth to Power exhibition which opens today. And of course my solo exhibition that's on it's way!!!!
(Also, include more install pics)
Art I Enjoyed at the New Whitney Opening, 2015.
I'm Releasing a Fundraising Campaign!
In other words this is my grandest and most crucial project in my career to date.
So keep a look out for the Fundraising Campaign Release soon very soon and till then sign up below to receive announcements and info. on the campaign and my solo exhibition!!
International Art Exposition of Modern and Contemporary Art
So much going on and so much excitement!
I do have many back blog posts I need to write, website updates with my art including information but I will do my best to get everything up in a timely fashion.
There has been quite a lot happening since I've been away. Some of which I' can talk about some of which I can't but regardless soon you will know of many things...
Sending much Love and Success,
Sending you all the best for a beautiful day!!!
I'll be posting soon!
Hope all is Beautiful and your computer is never stolen!
An Extreme Honor
This means more to me than I could express.
And a huge thank you and congrats to model Ariel D'Agostino!!!!!
My soul is in a constant smile right now!
I'm on page 53!
Another of my Ladies goes out into the World
I am completely honored and humbled.
Thank you Erin!!
It's absolutely incredibly exciting when new collectors start collecting my artwork. It means more than words can express.
And a huge thank you to Silicon Printing for creating this archival print for me!
If you are interested in collecting my work my store can be found here:
or if you would like to reach out to me directly:
To a Vibrant Spring,
Holy Bleeeep, Master Artist Kris Kuksi Sent Me a Package...
Not sure if this guy has a name or a title but was definitely not expecting to receive such an incredible original Kuksi in the mail.
A little back story, about 2 years ago Kris Kuksi and I exchanged art prints. He sent me a print of his absolutely stunning piece Triumph and then I returned the favor by giving him one of my fine art photography prints.
Well, forward two years later (can't believe how fast time flies) and he kindly sent me this guy in the mail to my absolute surprise!
Upon removing the outer clear case I enjoyed the faint scent of paint that wafted off the piece and looking at all the tiny little objects and symbols about the sculpture.
To my shock and delight I realized I finally have a Kris Kuksi that I own and can delicately touch! All the Kuksi pieces I have seen have all been in galleries and we know touching is not allowed.
This has been a dream of mine for years and years to own an original Kris Kuksi!!!
I'm still in delightful madness and shock.
Now all I have to do is make enough money to own bigger and bigger Kuksi artworks!
Kris Kuksi's collector list is extremely impressive, such collectors as Mark Parker (Nike CEO), Kay Alden (actress and writer), Chris Weitz (movie director The Golden Compass & Star Wars Rogue One), Guillermo del Toro (movie director Pan’s Labyrinth & Crimson Peak) and Robin Williams (Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actor) to name a few.
If you are on the east coast Kris Kuksi is having a solo exhibition in NYC this Fall at the Joshua Liner Gallery.
Installation for Rizumu
It was intoxicating meeting so many attendees who were filled with great excitement in meeting and thanking me for the art I created! It was also incredible to have my artwork up with such tremendous musical talents Andrey Pushkarev, Roger Gerressen, WOLF DEM, and Jacob Herschel.
The whole team of people who came together to make this event brilliant is a wonderful one including a range of talent that I am extremely grateful. Everyone worked together seamlessly and brought terrific ideas to the table to create a tremendous celebration in music and arts.
Also, I would like to shout out to artists David Stanley Aponte and Buddy Nestor for assisting me the first night of install. Without the extra hands it would have taken more time to complete the installation. David also took this wonderful shot of a section of my installation that Saturday night.
I will have more photos to upload soon.
If you are interested in seeing some of the installation that is still up in person just visit Bikram Studios at 15th and Sansom in Philadelphia. They have stupendous classes and events.
I also have on exhibition at Bikram a range of my limited edition prints available for purchase. The works will be up for a month. It's definitely worth the visit.
BIKRAM YOGA PHILADELPHIATo a Stunning Spring,
1520 SANSOM STREET 3RD FLOOR
PHILADELPHIA PA 19102
BillyPenn Launch Party
The event took place at Union Trust with bars stocked with adult beverages and scrumptious hors d'oeuvres. As you can see the space was spectacular!! I met an array of incredible people including the founder of BillyPenn Jim Brady's parents! I quite enjoyed chatting with his mother about art!
Till next time!
Inliquid Benefit V.15
The Inliquid Beneifit V. 15 annual event which was this past Friday and Saturday was truly a wonderful affair. My head may still be spinning from all the terrific people, food and spirits.
I can now officially say I have been in the same exhibition as Shepard Fairey! Along with other greats such as James Dupree, Brian Dennis, Louise O'Rouke, Ana Vizcarra Rankin and Caitlin T. McCormack. Just a handful of so many incredibly talented artists that exhibited in the Ice Box at Crane Arts in Philadelphia this past weekend.
Much love and warmth,
News on my 1st Exhibition of 2015
No, it's not a solo show but it is a really fabulous exhibition and auction!!!
I've decided to submit the photo you see above to the Inliquid Art and Design Benefit v.15.
"InLiquid brings to light the richness of our region’s art activity, broadens audiences, and heightens appreciation for all forms of visual culture."
If you love my signed and framed limited edition c-print and would like to make an advance online bid simply click on the link here!
The first night of the exhibition will be:
Young Professionals Night
Friday, February 6th, 2015 6pm–9:30pm
A special, high-profile preview cocktail reception and networking event for young professional leaders in the Philadelphia area. Guests to this event will be among the first to view and place advance bids on the artwork and other items being offered for the benefit. This event is $5 in advance and $10 at the door.
Link for tickets.
February 7th, 2015
This much-anticipated event is not only a fabulous social happening but also a showcase for exceptional contemporary art featuring work from the emerging to the established. Most importantly of course, this benefit event is the major annual fundraiser for InLiquid, which supports and promotes visual artists while serving as a comprehensive hub and catalyst for our region’s arts community.
5 – 6:30 pm
A more intimate and formal occasion for high-level patrons, collectors, and sponsors to preview the art and items on display for auction. Features exclusive live entertainment and an enhanced catering experience, sponsored by Birchtree Catering. Tickets are $85 in advance, $100 at the door.
Tickets are available on the auction website.
6:30 – 10 pm
A fabulous social happening and a showcase for the works of the region’s premier visual artists. Array of art, gift certificates, jewelry, and design items available in a silent auction, not to mention fabulous food stations, sponsored by Birchtree Catering, and specialty cocktails at the bar. Tickets are $50 in advance, $65 at the door.
Tickets are available on the auction website.
Location for both nights:
I will be in attendance both nights and thoroughly looking forward to both affairs!
Hope to see your fabulous self there!!
Sending My Ladies Out into the World
The new owner and I met up and discussed many things including my artistic process, "letter of authenticity" that I provided for each photo and future projects of mine. Also, he expressed interest in learning more of my art history which I think is great. I learned a lot of about the new owner as well such as he is an avid art collector and artist himself.
Really happy these ladies will be enjoyed by him!
Hope everyone is having a Beautiful day!!
The Articulate Preview Screening
The preview event was a splendid affair with great wine and good noshes which included fondue and pad thai, both were delightful! Somehow I only managed to take one picture that evening but at least it's a pretty decent pic because I just so happen to have caught Jim Cotter standing tall with the bouquet you see here sort of in a way pointing towards him.
There were a ton of people who attended than what you see here, trust me. I snapped this in the beginning when I was fashionably on time so to speak...
I also had the great pleasure of meeting Bill Marrazzo the President and CEO of WHYY as well as the honor to be in the same room as many wonderful individuals including artists, mover-and-shakers, distinguished guests and none other than Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer and Joseph Neubauer of the Neubauer Family Foundation.
It was a very wonderful and inspirational night!
My Last Art Creation of 2014
Here she is, the sneak peek of my final art creation of 2014! Check back later this week for more images.
P.S. I love this piece!
There's a lot more to her but you'll have to either experience her in person or wait for the pictures...
Have a Gorgeous journey tonight to 2015!!
And the Winner is...
I'm holding a "Print Giveaway" and you're invited to Enter!!
Just in time for the Holidays!!!
Here's the details:
I am giving away this signed "Proof Print", 16"x24" for free. All you have to do is enter the drawing by signing up on my email list between now and Dec. 17th by midnight. I will then randomly select the winner the next day.
Sign up here:
Note: if you do not live in the Philadelphia area and are able to pick up the piece you must pay for shipping. I will ship flat not rolled.
Also note: Signing up more than once does not get you more chances at winning. Whomp, Wha.
Thought I'd Share
Anyhoo, thought I would share that I'm pretty sure I will be including this head piece I am working on again in my next outdoor installation. 'How', you may be asking yourself? You will just have to wait and find out. But am completely enthralled about this new project of mine. Keep an out for in-process shots and information on the exhibition.
This week I need to either procure or create a lovely frame and create a lovely print of one of my photographic pieces which will be exhibited in Washington D.C.! Really excited about this incredibly wonderful opportunity made possibly by a talented artist who goes by the name of Matt Pinney!
Also, patiently waiting to find out if my work has been accepted in a wonderful exhibition this mid-October. I hope, I hope!
"Frank’s Kitchens is a Philadelphia based artistic design and fabrication collaborative. Founded in 2007 inside a small warehouse on North Hancock Street in Kensington, FK got its start primarily as a place to build massive human-powered kinetic sculptures for the annual sculpture derby during the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival. Today, now in a much larger space off Frankford Ave, Frank’s Kitchen is a fiery collective of passionate creativity hosting artists who breathe to think and dream, and live to collaborate and build. FK is comprised of a myriad of personal backgrounds from engineers, to designers, to metal smiths, to electricians, to carpenters to filmmakers."
The shotty cell phone picture below is my piece, "Let into the Air" and an installation I created for the exhibition. I'll be heading back there to take better pics and share them here hopefully this week.
Have a photo shoot planned this week, casting for the outdoor installation, a possible artist meeting to potentially be included in a really exciting project and finally cleaning my studio so I can continue the painting I am currently working on.
For this Sunday though, I'll work on the head piece and some cleaning while continuing to drink tons of tea in hopes to kick whatever this 'not feeling so good' is in the butt.
Hope all of you stay more than well and healthy!
For Your Wednesday
Things are happening. since last I posted here! The Kitchen is almost finished, just need to spackle and paint a few sections. Also, in the works probably today cleaning my studio to set up for painting in there. I've been painting on the dinner table. For you see, I was too excited about painting that I couldn't control myself enough to clean my studio and decided to dive right in! But my boyfriend has protested enough times all of my painting mess being all over the table that I suppose it's time I rearrange and clean my studio. FAH. Maybe I will upload before and after shots...
In other news, applied for my next outdoor installation, applied for a show in D.C., as well as another show here in Philly. Going Friday for test prints and to check on costs. Also, figuring out a framing system for my prints that will possibly be in upcoming exhibitions. Waiting on my new phone so I can take much better in-process shots! And there are many other happenings but I'll stop here for today so as to not bombard you too much!
The current painting I'm working on is coming along very nicely. Although, had to concentrate on some photo shoots and editing this week, for you see I have submitted 3 photos to an exhibition this October. Now I must patiently await to see if my work has been selected. (I hope, I hope)
I also went location scouting for my next outdoor installation. This proposal I will be sending in this weekend for approval. And I believe I have found my model for casting the figure for the outdoor installation! The work for the installation will begin this upcoming week.
I went to a fashion show this week. Yes, it was fabulous fun.
Oh, and the two photos you see were from a shoot earlier this Summer. I also shot some new photos this week (which are stunning) before being busted by the fuzz for being in a location I guess we weren't suppose to be. Oh, and how I need to edit and upload a ton of work from a bunch of projects to my website. Over time they will all be uploaded.
Potential exciting news, I was contacted by a lovely girl who is interested in interning for me. So I may have an intern! If so, things will hopefully progress faster.
Also, If 'you check out my "Collect" section which was called "Store" , I have put a "Donation" button there for those of my fans who would like to help out with my projects. Costs to create these works and to get into exhibitions are very expensive and add up quickly. So every little bit of support really truly helps. Each donation will receive a personalized gift of my choosing depending on the donation.
This weekend I will be working on selecting the very first signed and numbered giclee prints that will be available on my site!!
Also, hopefully getting a new phone over the next week or so! This means I can take better in-progress shots of my work! Thank freaking goodness.
And must finish painting the kitchen this weekend because it looks like crack is smoked there. And no, crack is not smoked there.
May your weekends be forever Gorgeous!
Update on Painting
I have a lot of things in the works such as art creating, submissions to exhibitions as well as grants and possible fellowships etc. So definitely send me your good wishes and the ability to get some sleep!
Stay tuned for all the happenings.
All the best for your Monday!
A Few Images from the First David Lynch Museum Retrospective
There were of course tremendous lines of people out the door waiting to enter the exhibition as well as to the modern museum where David Lynch was about to give his talk. The great lines of people didn't bother me as it was wonderful to see all the excitement that is so well deserved for Mr. Lynch.
David Lynch has been a great inspiration of mine for many years. As an artist myself I can only hope to receive that kind of respect for my work during my lifetime.
David Lynch's first major museum retrospective, The Unified Field is at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
The exhibition will be up till Janurary 15th, 2015
A few write ups on the opening last night.
Here are a few images I caught from the exhibition.
Update on Painting
There are a ton of other in-process shots that can be uploaded. So there may be a few more added here later. Still have a long way to go on the painting but it's coming along and am very excited about the final product. Wish I could stay home all day and paint but alas must go to work.
Best for your Wednesday!!
Painting has Begun and Technical Issues
To a beautiful weekend!
Much love to you and yours despite the heavy happenings in our world. Be proactive and remember to laugh,
Cause I'm Bad at Waiting....
A Photo Release for Your Tuesday
My goal for tonight and I will probably have to stretch it out over the next few days in hopes of getting everything done but I'm looking to get the final cut together, edited and ready for release from this worn adornment of the shoot. Also, complete that other blog I've been talking about (finally) and all the prepping's finished to begin the drawing for my new painting. And good news I'm looking for a Giclee printer for soon to be made available prints of my works!!
A wonderful Tuesday to you!
Oh, and if you are coming to my blog for the first time feel free to look at my other blog entries and around my website to get an understanding of what it is I'm creating!
More Shots of Body Embodiment as Couture Skirt
I stayed busy working on my current new head adornment as well as preparing a new bigger surface on which to paint. I determined that the original board I was prepping for the painting was just not the right size. So had to slash that original prepping to go with a more suitable size and shape for the painting, happens. I'm still in the midst of sanding and painting layers of gesso (white acrylic paint used to prep surface to be painted on) on the new board. This week I'll be drawing out what I will be painting on the surface. The drawing won't be too detailed but there is a lot of detail so it may take a minute to get everything drawn out right on the surface. After that must scrap my glass palette, tidy up the studio and then painting may commence! I think this will be one of my best paintings yet!
Much Love for Your Monday!
P.s. If you wanna connect to my other pages:
I believe I may put my connect buttons under my contact form, or should I have a specific "connect" menu?
Release of Body Adornment Worn as Skirt
By cutting my "Embodiment" open this does not mean that I am devaluing my art. I am just sharing what I've know for a long time about my hand-stitched body pieces.
And I am absolutely bursting with joy about my next painting that I will be stepping into soon. As I write this I am In the midst of prepping the board. Hopefully, I will have the update ready for release tomorrow including photos of the process. I always seem to get more accomplished towards the end of the week and weekend when I have off from work. But before I part heading that way I leave you with the hope your weekend will be filled with much Love and Beauty.
Another Photo Release from Ariel Shoot
Some Things I Was Getting Myself into Over a Weekend
You may notice I jump around a bit from one project to the next. I believe there are a couple reasons for this, One: so I can accomplish more things at once. (although some art professors would frown upon this). I have to say this is my style and has been for a long time. And Two: I think I may have ADD.
For those of you who do not know, I hand-stitch everything I create that are my textile projects. However, if I am creating curtains for the house I bring out the sewing machine.
Many people ask me why I don't use a sewing machine for my art, that it would be a lot faster. Well, there are many important reasons as to why I choose to hand-stitch everything.
As simply as I can explain it with out getting too deep on the many philosophical and metaphorical levels, I want everything to have a very organic and hand created feel. I also like that my hand and subconcious to control the stitch rather than a machine. I want the pieces to look as if nature created it or a human.
My work references the body and mind as well as having a bit to do with medical mending. When you sew something back together you are mending it. What had perhaps fallen apart after it was ripped open is now in the process of healing. So this can be seen in many lights physically and emotionally.
But I also like my stitches to be considered as thought patterns and experiences that are manifesting themselves physically and at times becomes of a humans experiences.
I also like to touch on female topics including feminism. As well as Psychology.
I could go on and on about all of this but I'll save some details to come out over time.
Although, booze and art can be fun.
C'est La Vie.
I thought you would enjoy the cat happenings.
Look out for more inprocess updates to come!
First Shoot with Ariel
Yesterday was an absolutely perfect day in so many ways for shooting, and as the weather turned even more cloudy and grey when Ariel transitioned into my hand-stitched pieces with her dance background and the wind...
You'll just have to wait and see! I will be uploading the outdoor installation photos from Maryland. As well and if all is still intact Riley did shoot some video of the installation moving with the wind! I'll have to track them down. Also, I have some photos from the things I have been working on the past week and this weekend including the new head adornment AND I'm preparing a surface for a new oil painting!! I know your jaw just dropped.
Much love and tenderness.
Presenting a Talk at Fleisher Art Memorial
I am definitely really excited to be presenting along side Michael Riley, the founder of Simplpost tomorrow Tuesday, July 22nd at 6:30- 8 PM at the Fleisher Art Memorial here in Philadelphia. We both know the extreme importance in controlling, building and growing your online presence.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
And more information below!
719 Catherine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Breakdown of My Installation for Forcefield (or Sleep Doesn't Exist Here)
If you know of a great location please don't hesitate to reach out.
We would all love you very very much!
Basically the ENTIRE install required me to be standing or getting up and down a ladder repetitively. This might sound horrible, but I wish I could throw the pain I was going through into your body for just a moment so you could feel what I felt, just a moment though. I hadn't slept the last two days of install, I did close my eyes however for thirty minutes. And brilliantly I hadn't taken off my damn shoes till I couldn't take it any more into the 2nd day and thus put plastic bags on my feet to protect my feet from NAILS and such. I know, I know a plastic bag wasnt going to do much but I had no other shoes. I had to live rugged to survive. I lived off fermented cider and tea. No bed, no bath tub. It was me, my art and a deadline.
I love creating and want to always make something beautiful, sad, touching, adventurous, and eerie... You don't get these opportunities often, Or at least I don't, so in order to see your dream manifest you have to build it. And you rarely get a say in the amount of time you can build it. And regardless, I was and still am so so beyond belief thankful for this opporunity.
You know I never told not one soul but during orientation I literaly teared up. Looking at all the different extremely talented artists I was so graceously given the opportunity to have my work exhibited in the same space. My eyes just literally welled up with water with absolute joy and awe that "I" was there too.
I was actually physically a part of this and it was no dream.
I just might be a masochist,..
You have to play it cool, man.
I hope one and many more days you will be able to experience it on your own.
Truly I do
It was a gift to me.
I could explain everything I had intended to create but maybe now is not the time besides I probably communicate better through my art.
You know, that is my first language.
Joke, Joke really I do kid about many things, at times and I'm just candid but for those of you who have never met me it may be hard to pick up on. I guess you'll just have to figure out which one at what moment is sarcasm and truth.
Excuse my french.
Not to mention moving a big, very tall and sometimes very very heavy ladder by myself.
I think my arms my have looked a little more toned after that week.
Because of the intense pain I started putting little rags I had brought with me from home and some of the paper for install on the steps to help cushion the steps. Not much but every little bit that helped aleve the pain I was experiencing in my feet I was truly grateful.
I did however end up ripping off the damn plastic bags due to the intense itching sensation. I had taped the plastic around my feet in an attempt to keep them clean from the dust on the warehouse floor for when I would put my shoes and socks back on.
At the time I thought it was a brilliant idea...
But really there isn't enough time in the day for me to sleep. I've come to this realization. This is why artists are considered crazy. With everything thing else you're responsible for in life, then top it off with attempting to live your life creating, there is no time for sleep. And then we go crazy and die.
Till we meet again!
All photos taken by Riley
The People Who Helped Along the Way in Seemingly Small but Tremendous Ways!
I must say even just having the meetings and having her and Alisha to bounce ideas off of and them to listen to me go over the "To Do List" a million times was extremely helpful! She also was amazingly kind and thoughtful bringing Jenna and I very essential cider and food during install to help pick up our spirits and energy. There are really so many things Nicole did that might not seem that big but they were absolutely huge beyond belief!
And not to mention she helped me again for a bit during my install of another installation in Maryland which I received an Art Grant from, "The Philadelphia Experiment" to install during an art event.
Everytime someone comes to help me even if it is for an hour to 3 hours it all adds up. It helps me focus on some of the other areas of the installation where my hand may be more crucial giving me that much needed time to focus on it executing the project to the best of my ability. Enabling me to get the work done faster, especially under an intense deadline, and allowing me to keep some of my sanity and maybe even get some sleep!
(And de-install pics coming soon so stayed tuned for those.)
Again, I want to say a hugeTHANK YOU to everyone for your support and love in so many seemingly small but absolutely brilliant ways!!! Projects like this would not come to fruition without your help!!! <3
The Big Shut Down
Enjoying a good challenge, I always push myself when it comes to my art. During the 3rd day of install that Wednesday I realized in order to accomplish my vision I had to stay overnight to manifest the actualization of my idea. Thursday came and again I realized I had no choice but to stay another night.
Two days and nights I had spent at the former Jomar warehouse with no shower, no toothbrush and a mere 30 minutes of closing my eyes. The pain I was experiencing in my feet and legs from the constant standing or standing on a ladder was unbelievably unbearable. I had no choice but to force myself to sit from time to time to somehow alleviate the excuciating pain I was feeling to keep pushing forward in the creation of my installation. And surprisingly despite my weird yet amazing decision to only drink black and green teas to stay awake, it WORKED much better than coffee has ever kept me awake.
Finally at 6:30 am on Friday I was kindly retrieved by my boyfriend and brought home to finally shower, brush my teeth and lay down to rest. At 1;55 pm I awoke later than I planned, but then shortly found out that the city of Philadelphia had shut down the 45 large scale installations and 60 + artist exhibition know as Force Field the day before the show was to open. Here I will leave you with some images of the exterior of my installation after 4 days of install before I even had a chance to finish it.
Over the course of the week I will be including images and more of the story behind breaking down the installation, installing it, the awesome people who helped me along the way and the other artists who built and were forced to destroy their work like myself by 5 pm that Saturday.
Presenting a talk at Pafa
Simplpost is a website, store and blogging platform created by the founder Michael Riley and myself.
This will be my first artist talk at a place of higher learning. I hope this will be the beginning of giving many more talks at universities. I am completely estactic and nervous that today will be my first official talk.
I've of course had to speak at the colleges I've attended but it was usually to stand up in front of my class to give a presentation. And when I was an orientation leader for incoming graduate students at Pafa.
I am completely excited and nervous. New faces, maybe some I recognize probably not. All those old new student feelings come in to play. Regardless if I get red-faced and sweaty I am so excited to present vital information to students who may have some time left and others who will be graduating soon. So I must say I feel tremendously good providing valuable tools and information!
Tuesday, April 22 11:45-1
Designing Your Own Website with Simplpost
Presented by Jes Gamble, Michael Riley and Maria Teicher
This workshop will introduce students to the basics of constructing a website using a new tool developed by a company sensitive to the artist’s needs. In addition, Maria Teicher will outline the ways in which artists can leverage social media to promote their careers.
What's going on with the Raffle Drawings??
There was a lot of thought and planning that went into this outdoor installation proposal. And not only this but I'm looking to in about a week or so plan out and submit another installation proposal for an exhibition in New York. You may say to yourself well that doesn't seem like much well I will tell you when I'm not applying to shows I also help with a website platform I helped to create along side Michael Riley called Simplpost. I am extremely proud of our website platform for which you shoud totally check out. I'll blog more about Simplpost hopefully in the upcoming weeks. When not working on grant applications, exhibition submissions and Simplpost I restore art and antiques. Why you may ask? Simply put because I need to make money so I may buy art supplies, food and such. With what time is left over I squeeze in cooking, cleaning, errands, art making, workshops, talks, meetings, blogging, working on my website, research, social media, and attempting to stay level headed and sane. Did I say I feel really tired?
So f I had more time in the day these two raffle drawings would be finished and spectacular. Although the drawings are not complete I assure you they will be beautiful and I am deeply truly excited to give them to the winners. I will try my best to complete them to the best of my ability in the little spare time I have so please be patient with me! And again a huge love hug for all the support you have given me over the years.
With deep appreciation and affection,