This Thursday, December 3rd from 6-10 pm you can view the full installation of Object Wall (137 Parts). It is currently on display in Suite 213 of 57' Biscayne Artist Studios located on the corner of First and Cherry St in Seattle, WA as part of the December Open House.
This installation consists of a wall chronicling the "American Dream" through carefully crafted and curated artifacts. This collection of objects recounts the narratives and voices of their owners and owner's owners through symbols and metaphors. Toys and domestic ephemera are the analogies to achievements and opportunities; the material evidence of the search for fuller, richer and better lives. The cracks and creases, stains and rust wear their age, emitting clues of a past life and insight into a different time or place.
Nostalgia lives along the train tracks that hang broken in parts, without a train in sight and atop the mini whicker chairs that remain stacked and with empty seats. There is a hum of noise that is imagined in the clutter, yet the musical instruments remain disassembled, unable to make an audible noise. Miniature woven baskets hang empty and gears from broken machine parts are painted still. These objects are the windows into the past where our imagination can wonder. You can glance inside the frame and then through the dollhouse window, but you cannot see the room inside. It takes a certain curiosity to find the hidden room with the patterned wallpaper and the grandfather clock ticking every hour, on the hour in the corner adjacent to the piano where the lessons are practiced. This wall of collected artifacts from hidden rooms and secret memories shares the histories of American dreamers; the picket fences and the reddest of roses.
This coming Halloween weekend I am participating in the Bemis Arts 2015 Fall Masquerade themed show. My latest assemblage series will be on view from 12 - 8 pm Saturday, October 31st to 12 - 6 pm November 1st. This series embraces 'chance and choice' configurations of found materials. Focused on musical themes, puns and narrative, these works are constructed with, but not limited to, salvaged and collected: wood, tin, piano keys, as well as guitar and violin parts.
For more information about the show refer to the Bemis Arts site.
The animation above playfully demonstrates my creative, experimental and collaborative process of working alongside Krisna Schumann. Together we have worked diligently as 'painters who don't always need to use paint' to create the installation, Spaces Between Places, currently on view in the storefront at Amazon on the corner of Boren and Harrison St. in the South Lake Union Area of Seattle, WA.
Spaces Between Places is built with the intention of interpreting aspects of the city of Seattle. With a collection of shaped panels, cut from the spaces in-between the buildings of the city's skyline; their compositions are composed of graphite, acrylic, and tin with areas of foil paper and pastel. The puzzle piece like panels function both individually and as a collective set. Created with the intention to be viewed in a purposeful arrangement, hung on a wall to reference found positive and negative shapes. In this arrangement a few panels are shown titled on the diagonal, alluding to the perception of movement and depth of space. Painted in a muted purple and marked with graphite, each work demonstrates an interpretation of Seattle's sky. The tin pieces dance and float across the surface, activated by vibrant patterns and simultaneously signaling street signs. Viewers might share a familiarity with the port city's landscape via allusions to storage containers, cranes, and other industrial forms. At times the tin may even appear to be falling from one surface to the next, occasionally spilling onto a gridded pattern or escaping the panel altogether. The florescent pinks and oranges of the panels' profiles illuminate each shape. Hanging against a neutral painted wall the panels glow, even in dimly lit spaces, their glow persists much like the lights of the city at night.
Listening to Still Keys Play their Silent Prose is a recent assemblage that I have constructed with tin, found objects, collage and wax.The work is currently on exhibit as part of the "Three-Fold" female group show on display at Ghost Gallery through July 5th. It is currently paired with Krisna Schumann's oil painting, In the First Place. It has also been recently featured on SFMOMA's On The Go Blog.
I created this assemblage after being inspired by John Cage’s 4'33" composition. My work responds to Cage’s concept of having his audience watch instrument(s) purposefully not being played in order to listen to the sound of the environment as the performance. My aim is to have my audience compose their own silent score and opt to listen for four minutes and thirty three seconds or longer if they wish.
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In an effort to make positive interactions and possibilities arise from the doomed fate of a multifaceted home that housed and supported artists in the Capitol Hill community, a pop up gallery of twenty local artists will be exhibited. On the corner of John and 12th St, hidden behind the shrubbery, sits 1123 Studios - a place that we intend to celebrate one more time in honor of its many years of provided service with affordable studios and office space. I am excited to announce that I will be to be exhibiting in Art Invasion: Round II. The pop up gallery will be open Thursday June 11th from 5-10 pm and then again on Sunday June 14th from 12-5 pm.
This June I am exhibiting at my old stomping ground. On June 4th as part of the First Thursday Pioneer Square Art Walk, I will be participating once more in the second round of the 100 under 100 exhibition held at the 57' Biscayne Artist Studios, located on 1st and Cherry St. For more information on the show visit the 57' Biscayne Artist Studio's event page.
Coinciding with the 100 under 100 show, I have also been graciously invited by Krisna Schumann to build a site specific installation in her studio, suite 213 of the 57' Biscayne Artist Studios. The installation is primarily built from recycled vintage tin and salvaged wood. Titled, Imagining parts of the past living together in the future, this work is a reference to change and adaptation.
Collaboration and participation in art communities is an integral part of my artistic practice. For several years I have had the privilege of collaborating with former studio mates and fellow artists, Carmen Neely and Krisna Schumann. We are all painters manipulating and combining different media with distinctly different intentions and purposes. Three-Fold is an exhibition focused on creating interpretive dialogue between pairings of artworks. The works chosen utilize painting, collage and assemblage to demonstrate dynamic sexual, poetic and nostalgic comparisons. Each work of art simultaneously stands by itself, and becomes an essential element to the pair. The show will run from June 11th to July 5th at Ghost Gallery. The opening reception will be held on the second Thursday in June, during the Capitol Hill Art Walk from 5-9 PM.
I identify myself as a painter, despite the fact that I do not always use paint in my work. I enjoy taking part in the Seattle Print Arts Open Portfolio because I often use printmaking processes in my mixed media work. This will be the second year in a row that I have the privilege of taking part of the Seattle Print Arts Open Portfolio held at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. This years event will take place on May 3rd from 2-4 pm. It is an open and free event for the public, allowing you to come chat with a variety of printmakers and view a multitude of portfolios. I will be showing how I layer and combine printmaking into my mixed media work.
My recent inspirations have come from shuffling, reorganizing, arranging and assembling. Much of this is a result of moving my studio from 57' Biscayne Artist Studios to an artist loft above a garage next to my house.
I would be lying if I said I wouldn't miss having Krisna Schumann as a studio mate or the quirkiness of working in an old building in the heart of Pioneer Square. I loved the entrance with the green staircase and red walls that at night, as the street lights shine in, resonate a moody eeriness found in an Edward Hopper painting. I worked in a long hallway of a former darkroom studio, characterized by only a window into the next studio and a slightly askew brick wall that swallows and spits out nails.
Other inspirations as of late have been the blog, Things Organized Neatly as well as the writings of philosopher, Jean Baudrillard, particularly his book, The System of Objects. Below is new work that manifested from these findings, also featured on the blog, Hyperallergic LABS.
Reading Baudrillard's writings of the home and it's interiors as well as becoming a home owner for the first time have manifested ideas and curiosities of the domestic to the forefront of my work.
“Human beings and objects are indeed bound together in a collusion in which objects take on a certain density, an emotional value - what might be called a ‘presence.’ What gives the houses of our childhood such depth and resonance in memory is clearly this complex structure of interiority, and the objects within it serve for us as boundary markers of the symbolic configuration known as home.”
-The System of Objects, Jean Baudrillard
I play the role of the narrator as I curate objects, juxtaposing memories, symbols and metaphors. Arranged in purposeful ways objects are staged as portraits. Many of these portraits are ephemeral studies, analyzing objects and their relationships to one another.
I am excited to be participating in the Spring 2015 Bemis Arts show for the second year in a row. The Bemis building, located south of Pioneer Square in the Industrial District of SoDo in Seattle is an historic century old factory building. What once use to house a textile manufacturing plant now houses thirty live/work artist lofts. Every year Bemis Arts hosts a Spring Arts Show that invites artists to install and transform the 12-17 ft tall walls of its corridors. Today and tomorrow I will be exhibiting some of my most recent assemblages as well as a site specific hanging installation.
I recently traveled to Southeast Asia and visited several cities in Cambodia and Thailand. During my journey I used my time in transit, which included several buses, many cabs or tuk tuks and a total number of ten planes, to fill my sketchbook. I like creating fictional characters based loosely from my observations. I invent their mysterious past or detailed drama in my mind and then draw a moment or scene from their story and write only a suggestive title. I also enjoy recording my surroundings, mostly snippets of banal places, often overlooked. I collect their simplified structures and forms or zoom in on specific details. In drawing while traveling I attempt to capture the quirks and cultural findings of my adventures to take home with me.
To see more sketches visit my sketchbook page.
Currently I have miniature collage works such as the piece Gasworks, as seen above, displayed at Ghost Gallery for their 9th Annual Miniature Art Extravaganza. Opening is December 11th from 5-9 pm during Capitol Hill's Art Walk. Work will be on display through February 9th. For more information check out Ghost Gallery or their event page.
Also on exhibit during Capitol Hill's Art Walk are some of my newest pieces including the piece Tin Dwellings, made with tin supplied by local Seattle artist, William Herberholz's donated collection of vintage and salvaged tin. These pieces can be found at Saint John's Bar & Eatery on Pike St in the heart of Capitol Hill.
Inspired by tarnished and colorful metal surfaces I have been assembling compositions focused on the formal interactions of color, shape and texture. In exploring tin as a new medium, I have been experimenting with different combinations of materials such as using tin on paper with pen and ink drawings or using tin on paper with serigraphy prints of patterns. I like the precarious juxtaposition of tin and paper, however I also enjoy affixing tin to panels. Some of my most recent work combines tin with other found object materials such as piano keys, miniature toy pieces, clock parts and more.
Special thanks to Laurie Kearney, curator and owner of Ghost Gallery for these exhibition opportunities.
I am excited to announce that I now have a studio space at the 57′ Biscayne Artist Studios in Pioneer Square. For the first time I will be sharing some new assemblage works as well as exhibiting work in the 100 under 100 exhibition for this Friday’s Pioneer Square Art Walk.
Click here for more information about the event.
Carmen Neely and I have been collaborating for over two years now. This summer from June 19th – July 24th we will be exhibiting some of our collaborative mixed media works on paper at MoNA Gallery in Charlotte, NC. The work we will be showing was created by means of a bi-coastal snail mail exquisite corpse practice. Before we moved to opposite ends of the country we decided to cut up a collaborative painting to use as inspiration for new works. We took turns snipping away piece by piece until there was none. These pieces are what became the foundation of the series of paper works that can be viewed at MoNA Gallery beginning next week.
This week I will be participating in two art walks in different areas of Seattle. On Thursday, June 5th I will be exhibiting a collaborative and colorful installation combining painting and sculpture created by Krisna Schumann and myself. The installation is located in Pioneer Square at the ’57 Biscayne Artist Studios. Both Krisna and I have collaborated as a team for nearly a year, engaging in shared research and working processes that embrace two and three dimensional mediums. The Pioneer Square art walks are every first Thursday of the month. Click here for information about the First Thursday Seattle Art Walk and ’57 Biscayne Artist Studios
On Friday, June 6th you can view selected works from my Dollhouse Diaries series at Tiny Ninja Cafe as part of the first Friday art walk in Fremont. There will be free food, wine and music.
For the nearly a year I have been meeting with Krisna Schumann, a local artist and BFA graduate from the University of Washington to collaborate and discuss art on Sundays. For this reason we casually refer to ourselves as the “Sunday Painters.”
Krisna and I are both transplants from the East Coast living and working in Seattle. Although our formal training is both rooted in painting, we have expanded to practice working interdisciplinary and rarely stay focused on just one subject or media. When we meet on Sundays we experiment with different approaches and ways to collaborate. We share our painting backgrounds, our art historical and inspirational work references, and take field trips to draw in the park or visit galleries and museums. We conduct our own printmaking workshops and exchange supports to paint on and found objects to tinker with.
More than actually starting and finishing works of art we practice different ways to think and approach art making. Keeping a consistent and open dialogue about art has been the most important aspect of our Sunday Painter’s club.
Click here to view some of Krisna’s work.
Tomorrow I will be participating in the Seattle Print Arts Open Studio from 1-3 pm at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. It is an informal and free event that gives you the opportunity to see a variety of artists from the area share and discuss their works on paper. I will be there with selected works from my Dollhouse Diaries series as well as selected oversized prints and collages that I created during a class at the Pratt Fine Art Center.
For more information and directions to the event click here
As a first year art teacher working in an elementary school, there is never a dull moment. Currently fifth and fourth graders are working on cut paper collages of organic and geometric shapes inspired by Henri Matisse. Kindergarteners and First Graders are working on Paper Sculptures demonstrating techniques such as: fringe, spirals, curling, cutting, and tearing.
I find myself intrigued by their compositions, choice of color and shape. I am also surprisingly intrigued by the pieces that are neglected and tossed into the recycling bin. At the end of the day I am left with a yellow tin, recycling bin of what feels like gold, but in reality, is really just bright bold fadeless paper pieces cut in irregular and bizarre shapes.
In taking these treasures from the classroom, I used them in my sketchbook to create collages combined with pen and ink drawings. It felt as if I was collaborating with my students by using their rejected pieces. In becoming an art teacher, my goal is to inform, inspire and demonstrate an appreciation for the many values of the arts. I have been happily surprised by how much I learn from my students reactions to assignments and creative thinking. One of my sketches created from a mixture of rejected paper relief samples and Matisse inspired shapes is featured on the Hyperallergic LABS tumblr blog, a forum representing topics of art and its discontents. You can view the feature here.
To see more of my sketchbook collages take a look at my moleskin drawings tumblr.
Come see me this weekend at the Bemis Spring 2014 Art Show. I will be exhibiting my work alongside thirty or more artists and live musical performances. The show is held at the edge of Seattle’s industrial district in the Bemis Building, a renovated textile manufacturing plant that now houses artists lofts.
For more information check out Bemis Arts.