Thursday, May 24, 2018

Illicit Shadows

Once in a while I make paper cut-outs for a community-engaged, arts-based research project called 'Illicit'. I've learned a lot about the power of suggestion; how a simple shadow can set the stage for a profound work of art. 

I have been loosely connected with this group since last year, when I was invited to make cut-outs for a performance that was installed in a back ally. Since the early days of Macgyvering a set on the fly, they have come a long way and are preparing for a performance at the Orpheum!

Watch this video to learn more. 

Broken Window Collaboration Continued

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Right to return

In the wake of the U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem and the past seven weeks of protests in Gaza, this piece feels timely.  I made Diaspora in 2016 after returning from a month long artist residency in Israel/Palestine. It's been sitting in my studio waiting for a wood base forever. I was forced to complete it for a group show next month (see below).

'Diaspora', ceramics from Hebron, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, olive wood, 2016

The show: 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

End times

Last month I had a studio break-in. It was stressful but it came at a good time. It provided me a clean break from the old work so I can make new art for my October show. I'm currently embroidering words that I find on the street (written messages that people leave each other). We have an archaic communication system in the Downtown Eastside but it works. I am intrigued by how the personal and intimate details of someone's life are displayed for anyone who will notice. Some messages are funny or profane, others are tragic. Once in a while I come across street prophecies and bits of wisdom.

I work with Old English Font for a few reasons; nostalgic sentimentality and its over-use in tattoos and street brand clothing. My needle work goes on vintage handkerchiefs but I love the subtle connections with street culture.

Eazy E confirming my font choice.