Every year for the past eight years, my dear friend and I make a collage for the upcoming year. It's therapeutic, inspiring, and just plain fun. So here it is: the official collage of 2015!
The mannequin hands will be gracing the walls of two galleries this month.
First, in Dallas at the Dallas Public Library will be Common Threads. Kalee Appleton curated this exhibit, which will be up from October 9-30. More information can be found here. I'll be talking about my work this Saturday at the reception.
Starting October 17 is a show in Denton at the tAd gallery. This is an exhibit I've been putting together which consists of work from The Red Dots, an artist collective I have been involved in since it began in 2009. I'm excited to see it all come together next week!
Thanks to all of the Red Dots for their artistic support and community!
I've been working on being more intentional about being an artist. For me, this means living a creative life, not just painting often. Enter my beautiful friend and stylist Barbara and her willingness to play with haircolor.
For a long time, the color of choice was blue. Whether my hair was long or short, blue was the color that reminded me of the ocean. I loved its calming presence. But lately I wanted a little fire, so I asked her to try orange. She suggested the fuschia tips and I think it's amazing that way!
So cheers to Barbara and to fun with hair color!
p.s. No, you're not too old!
I'm so excited that this bag "The Working Girl" won a Pursey Award at the Greater Denton Arts Council's annual event! It's made of scaps from men's pants and lined with pieces from a damaged blue dress shirt that belonged to my father. To whoever won her in the silent auction, thanks for supporting the (recycled) arts!
One of my lifelong goals was to make a quilt all by myself. It took a few months, but I got it done and learned so much in the process. This new piece uses scrap fabrics to create an image that brings me back to my beginnings as a girl at her mama's sewing machine.
I made it in response to an open call at the tAd gallery involving food ethics. This piece questions the effect of water rights ownership on the farms that grow our food. I have more pieces in the works for an upcoming show there. Stay tuned!
UNT is offering free Saturday events to inspire creativity in kids! Info here on my blog for Discover Denton.
One of the beauties of doing different creative activities is managing the workspace. Just finished my first ever quilt! Also did a photography job! And the Out of Touch show came home! All of it ended up in the studio, which is really an unused bedroom. Today, I was hoping to paint, but giving the inner artist room to work is the first step.
New work is currently showing at tAd gallery through December 8. This show features the mannequin hands photographs, which depict the times in our lives when we stop being present and mindlessly flow through our days.
This work of photographing and painting hands examines our relationships with each other, the environment, and ourselves by focusing on one of the crucial differences between us and other species: our hands. Hands appear in this art as symbols of emotional connections to our world. They clasp the hands of others as proof of communication and bonds with other people. Combined in a group they form other objects, such as family trees. Birds rely on the structures of the hands as other species are interconnected with humans. We relate to our environment based on our interpersonal relationships and how we were raised.
Hands also perform the rituals of everyday. They connect us to our surroundings and are the tools that we use to interact with our world.
Although the concept remains the same, the media used to create the art varies as the body of work grows. Images begin as raw photographs and then become a painting, a digitally manipulated photograph, a video, and/or an installation. The outcome of each piece depends on the individual message of the work, as well as the space in which it will be shown.