Opening Friday, April 22nd, 5-7pm at the Durango Arts Center

This spring is exceptionally busy for me with exhibitions, half marathons, and trying to buy a house. BUT producing new work is the ultimate stress relief. This month I am excited to exhibit at the Durango Arts Center among an impressive list of other local artist in a show about printmaking. 

Curated by local artist and Co-owner of Studio &, Maureen May, I will exhibit three channel gum bichromate prints over cyanotype.  Join us for the artist reception April 22 from 5-7pm. 

The Constructed Image

 

I am very proud to announce my participation in Open Shutter Gallery's second annual alternative process show, The Constructed Image.

  A Familiar  Three channel gum bichromate over cyanotype

A Familiar Three channel gum bichromate over cyanotype

The works on exhibit are a small cross section of a growing trend in photography. That of an alternative perspective on image making and image taking by using historic photographic processes and contemporary technology.  Featuring works by Colorado photographers, Katie Kalkstein, Emma Powell, Karen Divine, Karen Kirkpatrick and myself.

 

Historic photographic processes are a revival of historic techniques in photography dating back to the beginning of the medium. The methods used are chemistry based and often complicated, however the result is a unique creation that is often unreproducible even when several prints are made from a single negative. Alternative approaches come into play with historic processes but also with mixed media treatment of the print and contemporary technology. I-phone photography apps’ editing abilities are so advanced and flexible that entire image manipulation and collage is possible. Katie Kalkstein, and Emma Powell both start with a digital archival pigment prints but then alter the surface by varnishing or adding another historic photographic process on the surfaces.

Karen Divine and Karen Kirkpatrick both work in image editing software to create beautifully collaged images that are constructed from countless other images.  While I work from film to digital, back to negatives and prints Gum bichromate in the darkroom.

Well Defined Circumstances

 

Combining alternative approaches to photography with concept and content, the artists are able to create their own unique worlds. The selection of work from each artist pivots around a central theme or concept developed over time. With the artist’s hand present in every step of creation, the stylized voice of the artist speaks to their points of concern or interest.  By using photography as a base to experiment from, along with contemporary methodologies the photographic images reflect a diverse voice in contemporary photography.

When I'm With You

The Work is on exhibition through May 11th at Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave Durango CO 81301. Come by! 

 

A while back...

Well, This is an old post but a fun reminder of our art community. I was searching through files and came across this beautiful poster done by Tim Kapustka at Cabbage Creative and was flooded with warm and fuzzy from that holiday season.

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Working with local artist, Brett Masse and with the themed of Incendiary Devices, we made work that reflects our own approach and process to art making while reflexively influencing one another’s output. I am making matchbooks with secrets on the inside, coin purses embroidered with various incendiary devices. Outside of the theme I will also have one of a kind image transfer cards and larger 16x20 image transfers. Collectively we will have enough fodder for your holiday cheer.

studio work. work work. family work.

This summer is panning out to be quite busy. With upcoming exhibitions, family visiting, camping trips, birthdays, a half marathon or two, and well needed studio time, I understand the desirability of artist residencies. 

However! The exciting part about being busy in the studio is making the work! I recently shipped two works off for exhibition, and will need to ship two more by the end of July. On top of a exhibition at a local coffee shop, The Steaming Bean opening July 3 (for which I am furiously getting ready for), I will have work in the Red Room at Open Shutter Gallery, opening August 7. 

One of the works shipped off was this one:

going to PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury Vermont.  HERE is a link to exhibition catalogue and if you are in the area go check it out! The exhibition is entirely alternative process and is sure to be stunning. It will be up from June 30- July 24. 

Sickness and experiments

I recently visited Michigan and two days after landing immediately fell ill. Laid up for five out of 8 visiting days. To say the least mom was disappointed.  As was I, no solids, only few liquids, and not even enough energy to read I was confined. Quality time with mom and sister did occur, just at a sedated level.  

Now back in Colorado, 

Its all gravy. 

This weekend I will make my own cold wax. Like this: 

4 parts: Beeswax
1 part: Damar crystals
1 part: Sun thickened linseed oil
12 parts:  Solvent

In pursuit of less wax burns and unstable hot pots.  

I'll let you know how it goes! 

working

Recently my large transfers are moving from a simple layering of the image multiple times to layering different images over one another creating a previously unimagined composition. Creating what I have so lovingly dubbed “Photo mash-ups” I work from original 35mm, medium format images and combined them for a desired layered depth. 

I have endless drafts on scraps of paper, fabric and cardboard that clutter everything. With the help of endless prodding from my husband I have decided to find some way to provide them for purchase.

Going back to process, I am discovering that the use of found materials is really where I want to continue to explore. I reframe from buying prepared substrates and rely on my ability to scavenge what I can. The different surfaces provide unique textures and contribute to the over all composition of the final object.  

Driving Further West

Durango, Cortez, Moab, Salt Lake City, Park City and back. Four days we drove, camped, drank, ate, and celebrate with old friend. Two are now married and living blissfully with one another. We had a chance to meet and visit with new friends for me and old friends for James.

Utah is a very beautiful place. The mountains are green and tall, the desert is wide open hard stone, or sand and arches. Yet the air gives a feeling on discomfort.     

Just south of Price, Utah, I begin to feel more at ease. Its as though the horror of historical displacement eases as we drive south, back towards Arches National Park, Mesa Verde, and the San Juan. History and religion is in the land. Up there, the land contains a history and Religion that is difficult to reconcile.   



 About three hours too early, Sand Flats, Moab, UT. 

About three hours too early, Sand Flats, Moab, UT. 


New Lands

In the South West, Four Corners U.S.A. I live in the back room with my husband, books and cameras. Marriage celebration happened, jobs happened and this happened:  

 On the Lower Deloris 

On the Lower Deloris 

New works we be straight out of this baby. 

ending hibernation

For the past seven months (starting in mid September 2013) I was working at an international nursery in Abu Dhabi. At the nursery kids from 4 months to 5 years were split into classes based on their age.  I was the head teacher for all the one year olds. I had anywhere from seven to thirteen one year olds in one room. It was madness and one of the best kinds of birth control I have encountered. 

I took the job right out of the gate after moving to Abu Dhabi with my husband. My one thought was student loans. The job was a good pay check and only a day job. I promised myself that this was only a job and would not take over my life. But, it did. 

As the teacher I took full responsibility of everything and anything that happened to the children while they were at school. If they tripped and bruised their knee, my fault, if one kid bit another kid, I was not watching closely enough, If a kid did not eat all their lunch I must have not given them all of it. 

By the end of the day I was wasted. I had no energy and no mental will power.  I could barely even form a solid complicated sentence.   

For eight months I went. My husband was the one that finally told me enough. The paycheck was not worth the new formed vacancy in my face. He freed me of my anxiety of mounted student debt with the simplicity that we will be OK. We are young, married, and we will work to support one another for now on.

Life goes on(with a smaller budget) and I am free to my studio.

 

(for the time being)  

Unawatuna

A six hour train ride starting at 6am landed us in Galle. We stayed the rest of the five days in Unawatuna, surfing, swinging and exploring. 

 Galle Fort

Galle Fort

 Galle Fort

Galle Fort

 Galle Fort

Galle Fort

 Galle Fort

Galle Fort

 Galle Fort 

Galle Fort 

 looking south

looking south

 field trip 

field trip 

 monkeys and a tuk tuk 

monkeys and a tuk tuk 

 Fishing 

Fishing 

 to Jungle Beach 

to Jungle Beach 

 inside

inside

 drum 

drum 

 lunch 

lunch 

 curry

curry

 storm coming in 

storm coming in 

 sassy

sassy

 last night 

last night 


I know we will be back again. Sri Lanka was beautiful and one of the most unique experiences of my life. Now the only question is where we will go next.   

Kandy

Kandy is a very beautiful and calming place. Surrounded by mountains the town wanders up and down the hillsides like the surrounding tea plantations. The houses vary in color just as much as the tuk tuk's vary in character. The temple of the scared tooth( Buddha's' tooth) drew us to Kandy and the old mystery of the place kept us there. 

 our guesthouse

our guesthouse

 neighborhood 

neighborhood 

 Kandy Lake with the old bath house 

Kandy Lake with the old bath house 

 Kandy Lake 

Kandy Lake 

 Temple of the Scared Tooth

Temple of the Scared Tooth

 huge bell

huge bell

 busy streets

busy streets

 sad elephant.....

sad elephant.....

 tea

tea

 underpass

underpass

 local market

local market

 local market

local market

 Kandy

Kandy

 on our way down south!

on our way down south!

Arrival

Landing at Colombo international Airport at 7:40am with little sleep in my system the hot air reawakened me to the foreign and intense land we had just arrived in. We spent ten days in total on the island nation of Sri Lanka. Four of the days were spent in the mountains of Kandy and the other five on the coast down in Unawatuna. In the next few post I will share some of my images from that trip. The first group is landing and leaving the capital, Colombo, on the train for the cultural capital, Kandy. The following posts will show Kandy and Unawatuna. 

 sunrise day 1

sunrise day 1

 Tuk tuk 

Tuk tuk 

 multiple modes of transport 

multiple modes of transport 

 James in tuk tuk

James in tuk tuk

 little girl

little girl

 snacks 

snacks 

 king coconuts

king coconuts

 towards Kandy

towards Kandy

 open train ride

open train ride

 40mins out of Kandy

40mins out of Kandy

After a 45min tuk tuk ride from the airport to Colombo Fort Train Station, a three hour train ride from Colombo to Kandy, an hour or two of wandering around trying to find suitable guest houses we finally napped under a baby pink moth bitten misquote net.  

Art Dubai

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend Art Dubai. The 8th edition of the international art fair hosted over 75 galleries for four days in the posh neighborhood of Madinat Jumeirah. Art Dubai also commissioned new works from artist and musicians specifically for the art fair. 

The scene was very similar to The Armory Show in New York and other large scale art fairs, except for a few key differences. Art Dubai was a lot less crowded, both on the walls and as far as the amount of people. I was able to stand back look at work and read wall text without having to constantly bob and weave so that my line of vision was not interrupted. There was a lot of work to be seen, but the work presented did not feel crammed, stacked on top of each other or placed in unfortunate corners. Yes there were a few 2-D works I found hidden on the way to the bathroom, but that is to be expected. The pacing for viewing and diversity of work was slightly haphazard but enjoyable. 

As for the work itself, I found myself disappointed with the overall voice of contemporary photography and the almost desperate randomness of composition found in many 2-D works. Cut plastic carrots were glued onto collages of people's faces,  rhinestones and other bejewel-ing accessories were stuck onto wall weavings and painting were mainly abstract (seemingly random composition by nature). Although there is nothing wrong per-say with minimal abstract painting, they left something to be desired in diversity. It was a fight for originality, personality and volume. 

The photography for the most part was straightforward, well executed and banal. There was a large number of landscapes, street shots, even the abandoned building or two, but few pieces seemed to be motivated beyond the initial impulse to shoot. A handful of photographs and photographers were a breath of fresh air in their attempt to depict larger concepts.  A female duo confronted femininity and Islam in the Arab world, another spoke of the mix of colonial and tribal cultural traditions and other plaguing concerns of the human condition. It was a surprising treat to view some of Iranian artist Shirin Neshate's mural sized silver gelatin prints expertly executed in the darkroom with beautiful hand written arabic calligraphy done over the print. 

The last difference I will touch on was the obvious influence place had on what was seen. I did not see one depiction of a naked body. Although there were some expertly crafted ceramic organic, floral looking feminine body parts that were quite explicit, the traditional tasteful nude or salacious subject matter was skipped. For better or worse controversial subject matter was avoided(again allow for the one or two that were an exception to the larger representative body).

The fair was worth the long trip and I will jump at any chance to see art here in the U.A.E. I will not say that I was disappointed, that language is a little too harsh for me, but what I will say is that I am eager to visit more galleries in the U.A.E. to glean a broader sense for the art scene in the Gulf. 

Sunning

Woman walk around cloaked head to toe like shapeless clouds pushed by a breeze, but even an outline gives us away.

 

I’m quit my job.

I need my space. my time. my mind. I am limited.

 

Tomorrow is entirely up to me. 

Gallery show

I recently had three new pieces accepted into a gallery show at Mills Pond House Gallery in New York.  This is exciting news! if you live in the area and want to check out some really amazing photography I highly recommend the show! 


http://www.stacarts.org/exhibits/show/74