Thursday, December 19, 2013

Upside Down

Upside down? studio, my life!
It's all good, however. No cause for concern!

I am up to my eyeballs in last minute details for the upcoming exhibition that I have mentioned at length. I have scheduled a fantastic photographer to shoot some work from the show...Shawn

I have some logistics to work out involving lots of tubing, a menacing hook and a felt piece that I l-o-v-e. Stay tuned for an image in situ...can't wait!

A few hanging details and crating it all up for the drive. Also, "Ghost Trees" will be installed, so need to unpack them and assess their state. They have been stiffened with 50/50 glue and water and have likely settled into an undesirable form...they will most assuredly need some tweaking. It is all coming together...

This coincides with a son home from University...2 other fantastic-man/boys, their social calendars, baking, making and preparing for all the family traditions. Simultaneous to travel details, proposals, entries, materials list and scheduling for all the upcoming international travel and my U.S. work visa application. So many hats we all wear, but I would not trade a moment of it all.

I will keep you posted in greater detail very soon. Once this show is hung I will relish in sharing many details of the work. It has been difficult not to share all my usual process-stuff. With new work, I have to hold it a bit close and with no production-scarf-hat-bag thing this year, I feel like I have had you in the wings and it does not jive with what I "do". I will keep you posted. xxoo

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Sunday, December 8, 2013


Hello All!!
Ahh, what does December conger up? Mistletoe? Sugar Plums?

Not for me...strange pods, organs, tubes, and lead....THAT is December in Casa Andrea!

I am so excited about my upcoming exhibition at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in January, I can barely contain myself. I love the space and my statement came together quickly...well, what seemed quick. This is work that has been percolating for some time and mulling over the concept and my conflict over the work was a struggle. I find this is so important in the process. From a few hours of stream-of-consciousness notes came a few sentences that sum it up. That took 15 a lifetime. That is the way it is, no? The statement for the new work is being previewed here...

"Transformation- Statement
Life cycles silently occur and often go without notice. We acknowledge these cycles at times of transformation which can elicit feelings from awe and reflection to unease and denial.  These transformations remind us of life’s dichotomy of persistence and surrender.  Whether we neglect or intervene, we are at the mercy of these processes.  In expressing these transformations utilizing humble materials and simple form, I seek to bring about these primal emotions we feel at these pivotal moments."

Following the tension comes a release and I am pleased. I am in a zone and feeling confident. Now I am feeling like there is not enough time...time to produce what is spilling forth. This process is so cyclical and I have learned to trust in the ebb and flow...the sloth and the manic production that follows those restless nights. I will keep you posted.

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time to relax

time to relax
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