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Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel Series

I submitted 6 prints from the Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel Series (below) into an exhibit at SCAD called “Figuratively Speaking”.  They all have been selected to be included in this group show at Gutstein Gallery (201 E. Broughton St., Savannah, GA) on view June 18 – Aug. 5, 2012.  They will hang together in a grouping to further express the multiple “views” of the same experience.  (See this page to read more about my ongoing concepts.)  I’m excited to share my latest work with a public audience so soon after creating them! 😉  Next week: I will share images of the new print edition in my Arrowmont Series that I began printing today!

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Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel #1, 2012

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Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel #2, 2012

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Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel #3, 2012

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Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel #4, 2012

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Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel #5, 2012

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Arrowmont: Spinning Wheel #6, 2012

 

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New Monoprint Edition Started – Front Porch

Well, I’m embarrassed that it has been so long since I’ve posted something.  I guess the move, and new (old) house renovation has just taken over all of my free time!  I’ve finally “carved” out a studio space in the construction zone to get back in the creative side of my brain. This summer, I’ve taken a break from the house stuff and made time to finish a new stitching to use for my “printing plate”.

Front Porch collage inspiration

Front Porch collage inspiration

Remember the days of sitting on the front porch and greeting your neighbors as they walked by?  Ahh…the days that people actually knew their neighbors and interacted with them….(Actually, I must say my new neighborhood is the friendliest I’ve lived in for a long while.)  Anyway, this print series is inspired by one of my old family photographs (in which I did not recognize anyone).  I inserted myself as a child in this one, and the lady in the dress is a mystery, but she must be connected in someway to my family because her picture was in my grandmothers collection. Maybe they were neighbors?….You know, back in the day when you knew everyone in your neighborhood.

Introducing: “Front Porch” 

Below is the results of the top print.  (I print 2 at a time: bottom and top.)  This print has 3 layers of ink.  (I’m still layering on the bottom print, and will show you when it dries in a few days.)  I’ve been trying out some new techniques, so I hope you like it!  Stay tuned for more prints from this stitching soon!

” Front Porch”  30″ x 17″

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The “See You Later” Series

I’ve been working on some prints from a new stitching.  I’m calling these the “See You Later” Series.  Enjoy!

See You Later #1

See You Later #1

See You Later #2

See You Later #2

See You Later #3

See You Later #3

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MFA Fibers Thesis – “Trace of Memory”

Well, I’ve received the documentation of my thesis show and want to share it with you.  My friend, Geoff Johnson, took the photographs.  He doesn’t normally do this kind of photography, so I guess he did me a great favor.  (Thanks, Geoff!)  I’m on my break from school and a vacation from work.  I’ve been enjoying every minute of it so far.  I’ve been deep cleaning my house and have been rearranging a little bit.  Nesting is one of my favorite things to do.  It’s so important to me to be in an environment where I feel organized and comfortable.  Anyway, for those of you who couldn’t make it to my thesis show, enjoy the pictures.

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The big event

Yes, the thesis show reception is over!  I had a wonderful turnout considering it was after the quarter was over, and many people had already left town to go home for the break.  Thank you all who came to help me celebrate this mile stone in my life.  It meant a lot to me that you were there.  I will post pictures of the work in the show after I get it professionally documented.

I wish I were done with the MFA program, but ALAS, I still have to write the paper, and take two more classes. So, I will not really be done until June 2009.

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Studio: Conceptual Thoughts

It is now time to write more about what I am thinking of while I am creating this new work that I am sharing with you.

Keywords:

MEMORY: The need or ability to recall what has happened in the past.

EXPERIENCE: When a moment happens and more than one person is involved, there can be many interpretations of the same experience.

TRACE: That which is left behind. The memory. The evidence. The perspective of the moment.

ERASURE: Details forgotten in an experience. Getting rid of the evidence.

It is the difference in perspective of the same memory that I am interested in capturing in my artwork. I’m am interested in the trace of a moment that is left behind, and the ability (or lack of) to interpret what happened by the evidence left behind. Truth or Fiction? Can we tell what is true and what is fiction by this trace of evidence?

My starting point is working with my family photographs. The trace and evidence of my family of their past times and memories. These photographs are moments captured. They have a natural truth in that the moment happened, but we do not know the details of the moment. In this evidence, we still do not know if the moment was real. I am taking these moments (truth?) and making collages out of them. (fiction) This transformation expresses that the trace of evidence left behind does not have the ability to be proof of anything, except of it’s existence. It can tell us nothing else. It only expresses the mystery of the moment. We do not really know what happened.

When looking at photographs, we must consider that there are many perspectives going on at once. We are seeing the perspective of the cameraman, but we need to also consider the perspectives of the people in the photograph. If you had the opportunity to hear to the story about the memory in the photograph, you would more than likely get a different version of the same experience from each individual in the moment. With this in mind, I have set up some conditions in my process that mimics this idea.

Process:

1. I create a collage using my old family photographs.

2. I trace my collage (pun intended) onto old fabric. I use old fabric because it is also has a trace of a past life.

3. I then stitch the fabric by following the tracing. (tracing again.) The finished image is used as the TOOL. It is not the finished piece.

4. I take a sheet of paper and lay it down. I place the tool on top of the paper, and paint on it using various inks, and then place another sheet of paper on top of the tool. These two sheets of paper are experiencing the same moment with the TOOL. Yet, when they are taken away from the TOOL (the moment) they express a different perspective.

5. The RESULT: Multiple perspectives: (the cameraman – the image), (me – the artist), (the paper – 2 perspectives of the same moment), and (the TOOL).

6. The PAPER (print): 2 perspectives of the same moment: The 2 images are very different, and tend to express some opposition: mirror images of each other, color differences, reflect the front and back of the TOOL, placement of the paper with the tool (top, bottom).

NEXT STEP with the TOOL for more prints:

After making a few prints with the TOOL, I take the tool and ERASE the details of the memory, by taking some of the stitching out, and make new prints with the new tool. This expresses how over time, the details of a memory become vague.

The TOOL and IMPRESSIONS:  (comments welcome!)

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Impressions:

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Impressions:

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Studio: More Impressions

I’m not feeling a 100% today, so I’m not going to type too much.  Here are a few pictures though.  I will talk more about concept soon.  Enjoy.  Comments always welcome.

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