My work was up at LSMSA beginning on March 6th, but this week is the closing reception!
Louisiana School for Math, Science and Art has invited to me to have a solo exhibition in March 2017. Here are some progress shots of me getting ready for the show!
In 2000, I was seven years old. As a so-called millenial, I don't remember much from the 1990s, I don't remember the "good ole days" but I do remember the 2000 New Year's Eve. The party I went to was at my local church camp, with local church friends, who probably tried to protect the children's ears from the scare of Y2K. I could still sense the fear, anxiety and intensity of that night. As we went home, fireworks cracking over the hillsides, every one was tired, but more relaxed, relieved even.
in 2016, we have again allowed fear of many things and anxiety plague our days. Last night, with the bringing of a new year, we felt a sense of relief that this year we had is over. On a macro level, there was war, attacks, celebrities died and new viruses broke out. In my own life, I was a recent graduate, who was swept into a job, a decent job, that ended up controlling the last six months of my life. During this time, I ran a frame shop & small gallery, essentially by myself, organizing the mess that was left for me. Success took several months, but after taking the reigns, I felt like I had mastered the job as best I could. I could even consider the possibility of going into curation in the future. Nearing the end of 2016, I had a large meltdown. Shouting, screaming, fighting with the one person I love most. And that is when I decided I needed a change. One many people did not see coming.
I decided to make space. Make space to create: so I cleaned my studio. Make space to be quiet. Make space to be happy. I quit this job. I have decided that making art is a priority. I took a job with less hours, so I could have space for this. Space to think, make, be well and live fearlessly.
If you have felt fearful, anxious, screaming at the life around you, or just depressed and unsatisfied, let this year be the year to allow yourself to make space.
Happy New Year, here's to more love, peace, and space!
My first solo exhibit at a library! How cool?! My mom is a librarian, shout out to Mom! She is awesome, and I'm so glad to be showing at a library space. I wish she could see it! :)
Also, it's my Dad's birthday and voting day. So this week is pretty incredible. Here's a preview of some work for my show.
I am loving playing with pattern, and most of the work has never been seen before. I am grateful because this year I get to have this small show and a larger solo show in February. I get to show off new work that I've been making and thinking about for a long time.
I am in love with pinks, corals and reds right now. So that is a common theme of my work. I'm trying not to over-analyze it, however it has a strong presence. I've also noticed how much of my work is pushing me further into abstraction, without losing a sense of landscape. I like the idea of landscape, but for me it's less about what's actually there and more about the feelings one may gather from observing or moving through a space. And some days I question whether I should be painting or doing something further with fiber or installation.
Thanks for the chat. I hope to see you at my show! The details are:
November 10th, 2016 from 5-8PM at Ouachita Valley Branch Library. The show will be on through December 5th, 2016.
Well, I made it half way through the challenge, and I'm kinda hooked. Just getting in the studio, making something so simple for a few minutes and not concentrating on anything else has taught me you can spend a few minutes when you have it to just get to work. Sometimes the ideas flow, and sometimes these paintings suck and are just copies of something I've done before, but at least I made something.
I hope you enjoy the rest of these paintings, I'm going to try to make more even when the challenge is over, in order to have more options for any collectors to choose from.