I have been gestating a piece for several years now; building it in my mind. And I have been patiently waiting for certain elements to reveal themselves in the material world. I am so grateful when the universe gifts me her junk. It feels like an affirmation. I am in the process of incorporating these elements into my offering series. Gratitude.
The process of wrapping my offering has me meditating on the beauty, meaning and myth of dragonflies. I've come by bucket full of thousands of brass dragonflies in the junk. This offering is becoming a swarming nest of dragonflies.
My Offering series centers on aspects of death, grief, mourning, rebirth, transformation and regeneration. The day Richard called to tell me that a bucket of brass dragonflies had been dropped at the junkyard, I knew I wanted to use them in my artwork. Still, I sat with them for a while, as they spoke to me.
Nature feeds the process. This is a marking technique that I have mused on for years now. I look forward to placing the several hundred small tiles throughout both chambers inside Tony Moore's anagama/noriborigama Japanese style wood burning kiln in April.
Excited to have three of my mixed media sculptures chosen for this wonderfully compelling and inclusive exhibition for the visually impaired.
Please Touch! Sculpture Exhibition at the Monmouth Museum is a Main Gallery juried exhibition featuring wall and free standing sculpture that can be touched by visitors. This exhibition is intended to help visually-impaired people overcome the barrier they experience at most museums by allowing everyone to experience art by touching. Sighted people will also learn to experience art without relying on their eyesight in addition to a visual artistic experience.
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I am excited to have two of my mixed media mosaic sculptures and one of my ceramic mixed media sculptures chosen for the upcoming Monmouth Museum's Please Touch! Sculpture Exhibition opening on June 28, thru September 6, 2015.
My artwork centers on the visceral nature of gathering, wrapping, layering, breaking, forming and hand-piecing many elements to form a cohesive whole. Hand-crafting and hand-piecing is essential to building my mosaic and mixed media sculptures. Museum goers will have the opportunity to connect with my works through the powerful sense of touch. I find the concept compelling. This wonderfully progressive and inclusive Please Touch! exhibition will enable the visually impaired and the sighted to experience aspects of the kinetic and meditative energy that is imbued into my work. I am honored to have my sculptures chosen for such a wonderfully special exhibition that will allow the museum visitors to connect with me, my artworks and my intentions on such an intimate level. This is my first exhibition with Monmouth Museum. I can't wait to visit. I look forward to what I will learn from this interactive and transcendent creative experience. Gratitude.
Please click to see the photographic carousel from the Out of Bounds opening reception.
When the opportunity to curate my first exhibition was presented to me; I set about reaching out to those artists whose works and lives I admired. I discovered Sue Kreitzman and her works through my love for outsider art. Sue's outrageous creativity captivated me. I was so curious about her. And I was compelled to reach out to her, even though she lived in London and she didn't know me from a can of paint! I wrote Sue Kreitzman a letter telling her about the exhibition I was curating and about myself. I asked Sue if she would allow me to show one or two of her beautiful kimonos or necklaces. Well, I was bowled-over when Sue Kreitzman replied to me two weeks later. Sue responded, "I'd love to do your show! I'm coming home to New York City for the holidays. I'd like to invite you to my studio; then we can talk about what will go best in the exhibition." From there, a whirlwind of creativity, art, connection and the abundant warmth of a new friendship began. Words cannot express how honored I am to have Sue Kreitzman's work in my first exhibition. I look at Sue's work and I am struck by the power of human connection. Never stop reaching out; even when the person seems so very far away. Congratulations on your great success, Sue!!!
Working on a mixed media ceramic mosaic for this show. Really jumping off a creative cliff with this new work. Will post work in progress photos soon.