Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Well, finally....for me, anyway. I have been waiting to have this work shot to feed half a dozen commitments/application/proposals and can now *finally* move forward. I am a very sharing person and love to share with my fellow makers and students what I am doing and being in this holding pattern has been difficult for me.

My work is in seems appropriate that the new work is themed "Transformation" because I am at a stage of transformation professionally and personally. I have new pared down work incorporating unexpected materials and seeking a broadened audience, I am experiencing changes personally as my oldest is paving his way and I am feeling reflective, confident and strong as I am moving forward. I will not lie...I have suffered recent doubt and insecurity, but having come to the other side, stronger than ever in my art practice and direction. I have never shied away from a challenge and this is no exception. As my photographer sends images, I will share. In the meantime, I will share what I took while he shot!! The opening at the Museum is Saturday Feb 1st from 2-4 p.m. I hope to see you there.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Work. New things on the horizon...

 Last week I delivered work to the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and first priority was the installation of "Rescue".

I knew how the pieces needed to be executed and assembled and in the couple of days prior I set to work with finishing the components. Silicone needed to set, connections sealed, tubing filled. It all seemed "relatively straightforward", which if you have ever used the term, you know is the kiss of death and a determiner that it will just not be so. In the end it was a success piece and I am very happy with the completed work (The image here was a quickly, but will be professionally shot next week)

You would NOT believe the mess my studio was in. It seriously looked like a crime scene. Feeding the coloured water into the long tubing with one end sealed was a exercise in patience and buffoonery. I would try to straighten the tube to allow it to glug down only to turn around and see a red shower from the other. Fine if it happened only once, but it happened repeatedly. I really needed an extra set of hands. When I clamped the other end, I carefully positioned the clamp and collar, holding the tube in one hand and the clamping tool in the other only to realize that I needed 2 hands to get enough leverage to squeeze the collar shut with the tool...the tube that was filled to the brim was quickly emptied of the last 8 inches. Add this to the fact the kitten was fascinated and Patti was very thirsty for red water and the mess was ridiculous. Even I did not take a picture because I was freaking out that the mess could not be cleaned up. I did not want this red mess on my floor (table, arms, ceiling, etc.) for the spare second it would take to capture. You will have to imagine!

The rest of the work was left in the capable hands of the curator and his assistant and I shall see it all hung soon!

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Home Stretch

It took a full day and a half, but the studio is all organized
shooting just for the purpose of thumbnails for my image list for the Museum. The show will be shot by a photographer once installed.

shooting a piece I had not intended for this show, but I think now it fits. Pleased.

New piece, "Mumia"

I will deliver about 20 pieces to the Museum in just over a week and am looking forward to seeing it all hung in the space together!!

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time to relax

time to relax
Liberatio Captivus