I am absolutely thrilled to announce that during my presentation at ARTable last Saturday night, one of the pieces from my new “Astral Musings” collection was chosen to become part of the permanent collection for Nashville’s “Arts at the Airport“!
I am deeply humbled by this privilege. My sincere thanks to Deann Bradford (Exec Director, Leadership-Donelson Hermitage) and Matt Fischer (Chair, Metro Nashville Arts Commission) for this honor. And uncharacteristically at a loss for other words to express my gratitude and excitement! Stay tuned for more info and pics of 2015 ARTable!!!
Fresh from the kiln this morning. This piece is tangible evidence of the guiding philosophy of my art practice, “Solve et Coagula”, (breaking something apart and putting it back together, stronger). It started out as a birthstone bowl that met with a tragic fate. Instead of trashing the many pieces its owner bravely returned them to me. I fused them back together with additional glass and the gift to me was inspiration to attempt my first drape! It turned out beautifully and I am grateful.
As my favorite month comes to a close and I begin to gear up for ARTable in the fall, I realize I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to share our May trip to DC! (There are several pictures/galleries as you scroll through the story.)
This was our first trip and thanks to cousin Haley, a graduate student at George Washington University and the Collections Management Intern for Museum Anthropology, the best vacation ever!!!!
We stayed in a townhouse with Aunt Chris and Uncle Butch a few blocks from Eastern Market on one side and the Navy Yard on the other.
We visited a different area each of the 7 days we were there. But of all the sites, activities and art I have to say “The Divine Comedy, Heaven, Purgatory and Hell revisited by Contemporary African Artists” at The Smithsonian was the most engaging and thought provoking: mixed and multi-media, photography, installation, video…you name it…so skillfully done! I’d love to see it again. No pics of the exhibit but here a couple shots of the grounds:
I even got to meet and have lunch with my friend Elaine Pirozzi (click here to read her story) who was the first to interview me for Career 2.0. Here we are in front of Kramer Books, Dupont Circle, after lunch:
Afterwards we visited the nearby “Phillips Collection“. A private collection of some of the most amazing art that is a must see, even for folks who think they don’t know art. You will. A famous and unbelievable surprise at every corner from classic to contemporary!
We traveled on foot, by Metro, DC Circulator and taxi (when necessary) to all the usual destinations and then some. We went from one end of the mall to the other. We shopped in Georgetown, visited the Old Stone House, wined and dined at some delectable eateries including Founding Farmers, partook of the offerings at Eastern Market, enjoyed fine cocktails at the exclusive speakeasy, Harold Black, brunched like royalty and and lest I forget, set sail on a day trip to Alexandria to visit The Torpedo Factory on the Potomac! Enjoy these select shots and I look forward to seeing you in the fall!
What a thrill and an honor to have my work in the company of such amazingly talented artists and creatives! (Click here for some great candid shots by my dear and talented photographer friend Chris Scruggs (“The Other Chris Scruggs.)
I’m still basking and processing it all. Stephanie Pruitt has pulled off the season’s most smashing art soiree! Pre-ticket sales were record setting and last check there were over 600 visitors! Wow! What a whirlwind immersion experience. I reconnected with folks I haven’t been able to speak with in a while and made some new friends, too. I can’t thank Stephanie and everyone at OZ Arts Nashville for this unbelievable opportunity.
Here’s the poem we all interpreted, by Stephanie Pruitt. My piece represented the lushness of alliteration in the phrases “the floats and falls” and “shadow and shine”. The recirculating water was a metaphor for “The End is an invitation to begin”.
Close Reading (bold emphasis mine)
Ask questions both obvious and obscure.
Grow to appreciate the shadow and shine,
how most simmered pots of good vs. evil are an unseasoned soup.
Notice what is there and not. Notice patterns. Notice what you notice.
Embrace the barreling grasp of fear that can propel,
and the freedom of a blank page that can paralyze.
Know that scissoring backwards from the conclusion
can’t pinky promise an aha, but proves you’ve survived the floats and falls & …ever after,
rememberingThe End is an invitation to begin.
I’d also like to thank Seed Space (on Facebook) for trusting me with this fledgling project. And to all 68 of the brave souls at the July 2015 Art Crawl who dared enter the “Solve et Coagula” initiation multimedia enclosure, my sincere gratitude. I wish I had a pic of the front but my entire crew was busy INSIDE!!!!
I hope you enjoy and share the photos we took of your initiation! I also hope you’ll hang onto the special coins (that is indeed MY handwriting on the back, “Friend Request”).
In the meantime I’ll be working on that glass artwork I promised that will fused together all your names in YOUR handwriting!
If I am lucky enough to have future performance opportunities my goal is to create a collaborative artwork from each performance and display them at each showing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope all our paths cross again!
Solve et Coagula (keep evolving) and safe travels, my new friends!
My latest project hangs 34″ long, weighs app. 5 lbs and is comprised of seven pieces (each 4″ x 6″) to represent each of the chakras. This original design is in honor of my cousin, Tammy Dunn of Elementals Massage (http://www.elementalsmassage.com) who, in less than 3 years, has completely reinvented herself and recently moved into her new massage therapy suite at One2Yoga (http://www.one2yoga.com). The piece will be donated to her professional organization, the AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) for a fundraising auction at their annual conference. Here it is on both white and black backgrounds.
Day 5 of the Facebook challenge: Thanks to Randy L. Purcell (http://www.randylpurcell.com) for giving me the opportunity to reflect on my practice through this process of self-curating.
Together these pieces represent: 1) my progress toward a more holistic treatment of my primary creative materials, 2) my love of the ocean and beach and, 3) my concern over the ongoing struggle to provide clean water to all of earth’s citizens. Water covers nearly 3/4’s of the Earth’s surface yet access to clean drinking water eludes millions of human beings.
The physical properties of water and glass share some similarities. A liquid at room temperature water becomes solid when frozen, and vaporizes when heated, rising to the sky to return to us again as a liquid. Glass also changes according to degrees: at lower temperatures it presents as a solid but becomes viscous when exposed to extreme heat. In addition, sand is one of the main components of glass.
“Low Tide” contains both sand and glass beads. In keeping with my love of metal the glass pieces in “Water, Water”…” are made blue with the use of copper inclusions. Finally, “Turquoise Sky” is made of tiny, fused glass beads which allow water to flow through as it does in nature, back to the ocean.
Thank you to all who took the time to read. This has been a fun journey and I look forward to what lies ahead.