“I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news”, or “A Door Closes and a Window Opens”

Well, Cube’sters since we can’t speak directly I’ll choose and tell you the not so good news first.  The jury is in (literally) and my “Water, water everywhere…” work is….wait for it…OUT!!!  So no out-of-state gallery exhibit for yours truly. And while it would’ve been nice to be accepted on my first attempt I have to admit being a tad relieved.  I have SO MUCH going on right now and going into production for the installation was a daunting idea.

So meanwhile, back at the ranch…my current awesome artist/mentor hooked me up with another opportunity: the chance to work with the curator of the Parthenon Museum (Centennial Park, Nashville, TN).  We had a chance for a sit down that went exceedingly well but, alas, this time it was I who opted out.   This was a difficult decision but I’m learning to listen to my instincts.  This meeting prompted me to reexamine my journey and begin the process of narrowing, of weeding out, of focusing on exactly what is right for me – in this moment.

So a door closed and window opened.  And I?  Let’s just say I’m enjoying the fresh air.


New Work: Water, Water Everywhere…

Hey Cube’sters!  Just finished a new piece today.  It’s an 8″ x 8″ x 3/4″ deep “sample piece” I’ll ship tomorrow for an out-of-state juried exhibit. If I am chosen to participate I’ll go into production to make the required additional 19 original works within my chosen theme:  “Water, water everywhere…nor any drop to drink”.  My installation will be a visual reminder of the vital role that water plays in all our lives and a reminder that although approximately 3/4’s of the Earth’s surface is covered in water roughly a billion folks still lack access to a clean source. Because glass is neither a solid nor a liquid it behaves differently when exposed to different temperatures so it serves as a perfect representation for water, which also changes forms depending on temperature and conditions.  And as you know I’m a metal-head in many senses of the word; the blue color and bubbles within the glass resulted from thin copper being fired between the layers of glass.  The sides are covered in silver leaf and I’ve also included some re-purposed shim stock for that industrial feel.  So without further ado, here are a couple of pics:

Water, Water Front ViewWater, Water detail sideHere’s to Artwork Cubed meeting Art Squared!  Stay tuned for the results and wish me luck!