Saturday, March 23, 2013

Productivity x 1,000

Family portraits, graphite and acrylic paint on mylar, life-size

This picture excites me because it means that I have WHITE WALLS to work with!!! I moved my studio into another room- a very welcome addition to life right now. This season is crazy busy but I have zero complaints because things are getting done! I'm preparing for an art trip to San Francisco in mid-April, but until then I have a ton of proposals and submissions on the go. Also in the works is the installation I have been dreaming of for the last year. More to come soon!

A recent paste-up

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I'm fine. I'm fine. I'm fine. I'm fine. I'm fine. I'm fine.

Thirty-two hours of labor. I'll write more about this one when I actually know what its about. These things take time. 

I'm fine. I'm fine. I'm fine. Hand embroidered handkerchief, 2013

Untitled Group Show!

Mid-March I hosted an art show in my home, which is fondly called 'The Shack'. Featured artists included Alex Pichler, Chris Siemens, Steve Frost, Enoch Tee, Alysha Creighton, Jim Boraas, and myself.
Jim Boraas (and paintings)
Steve Frost
Enoch Tee
Chris Siemens
Installation view of my forts (under the bed...)
Jenny Hawkinson
My beautiful kitchen! My painting to the right and Chris in the back.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Fortress

In the last two years of working on my 'memory pieces', I have followed a lot of rabbit trails. Although it is never in vain, because it generally leads to ideas worth exploring.

I found some photographs of the forts that my siblings and I made on the property. I am intrigued by the tensions between play and survival.  Children have the uncanny ability to copy their adult counterparts. What seems like an innocent game can sometimes be an attempt to protect or control one's environment.

Structures to keep other's out, an enclosed space that we could feel safe in, something high off the ground, away from the rest of our normal lives. A place where secrets could be told, and promises made.

Rose Garden

I am moving into a series of painting/collages on small panels. Here is the first installment...

Rose Garden, mixed media on canvas, 15''x15'', 2013