Everyone’s first love is drawing right? Forget about boys or horses, I fell in love with charcoal. The soft yet gritty marks that it makes on paper, the way it conveys volume or depth and even the mess it leaves behind on your finger tips. I draw as a way of organizing my thoughts and exploring new ideas. It’s soothing, meditative and leads me to a place of understanding. Lately, I’ve been using drawing as a layer to visualize the lymphatic system of the body. Two of these works will be featured in a drawing exhibition at Buster Levi Gallery in Cold Spring, New York. I was asked to be a part of the show by Bill Kooistra, the artist and educator who passed me his torch when I began my teaching career. Bill’s drawings are abstract observations that magnify the subtleties of nature. I’ll be looking forward to showing along side him. The opening is on Friday, February 1 from 6 to 8:30 pm.
I’ve been wanting to study at Penland School of Craft forever, it’s been on my summer artist residency bucket list. It was a hard year for me healthwise and when it came time for me to heal, all I wanted to do was be surrounded by awe inspiring nature, breathe actual fresh air and make sculptural installations in the trees. It was true serendipity when I browsed the Penland summer workshop offerings and came across Conversations with Nature taught by Kyoung Ae Cho. It was a magical time for me during which I experimented with new thoughts in the company of some amazing people. This photo is the view from my morning coffee spot in front of the historic Lily Loom House. You can check out the work that I made here: Conversations with Nature.
In 2018, I had the opportunity to exhibit my goddess sculptures Beneath Her Skin: Venus Series at Index Art Center in Newark, NJ. I was thrilled to finally be able to share this meaningful body of work with everyone. I am grateful for the conversations that these sculptures have inspired and I feel so honored by those of you who purchased a goddess for your own sacred space. I am working on some ways to share this special series again so stay tuned.
I packed up my studio at the beginning of the summer and have never missed a space so much. I’ve been using the downtime to get organized digitally and prepare myself for a productive fall with a new home and workspace.
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See you in September!