gold home I

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A little sneak peek for next week's Free Radical, presented by the Avenue for the Arts. I will be showing two (very large) drawings in the windows at Tower Pinkster, a Architecture/Engineering firm along S. Division in downtown Grand Rapids. The event is November 7th (and 14th) from 6:00PM-10:00PM, and takes place all up and down S. Division in various galleries and businesses. Check the Avenue website for more details!

I love Free Radical. I always end up doing something slightly outside my norm that informs my practice for the rest of the year. This time is no exception--with lots of color to celebrate fall and to ward off the coming winter. Gold Home, indeed. 

Did I mention this drawing is giant (and doesn't photograph well)? Eight feet by fifty inches. I've got one more to go before next week. About halfway there... so much neon. 

Last but not least, Avenue for the Arts is currently doing a crowd funding campaign to raise funds for a new headquarters. This organization has done incredible things for our city over the last decade, and deserves our support. Give if you can

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that time of year

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When I start making drawings about my dry, chapped, (nearly) winter body. 

Breathing out the summer, breathing in the fall. 

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making room

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Breakfast. Change. New spaces (that even baby Maeby is learning to love). 

New work in the Ancient Lake gallery and more on the way. See you soon!

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artist statement: migration

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The idea of home is a precarious one: it can be represented by a physical place, a person,  or a simple object.  Home can be found, constructed, restored, or destroyed.  Home is a constant for some, lost for others, and countless manifestations inbetween. 

My current body of work explores the necessary process of recreating a lost home.  Much of my last year has been in flux: moving, changing, losing, and finding one new home after another.  This undertaking has left me with far more than a series of addresses, and I find myself with an abundance of ambition, gratitude, and wonder. As such, these drawings are not representations of a physical space, but instead are a careful examinations of my relationships with those individuals with whom I feel most at home. These drawings consist of good friends and family, drawn carefully in order to create a likeness but also to impart a feeling of depth and physicality into these people who are more than houses. Paired with these portraits are images from Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans, a folk tale illustrating another young woman’s travels. This story reflects the importance of relationships and trust, and denies circumstance as the only factor in determining where home lies. 

Each drawing in this series is a combination of graphite and chalk pastel, materials that allow me to create areas of focus while letting other elements go unarticulated.  As a result of this approach, the drawings seem dreamlike, defined by emotion instead of real space.  In addition to the other individuals in this series, I have included a few self portraits. Creating home is a task for one’s whole self, and requires a great deal of self awareness to keep it.  As the story of The Wild Swans suggests, this dance between the individual and their community does not imply an end destination, but instead a perpetual journey with many stops along the way. 

bottle blonde, summer bronchitis, and a solo show

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Despite being fairly worthless for the last two weeks due to a bout of summertime bronchitis, I still managed to:

a. Become blonde again. I feel way more punk and awesome when I'm blonde. 

b. Spend some time with two of my besties from Indianapolis--what a wonderful 4th of July weekend.  Bike rides, beach, and Michigan magic.  

c. Put together a solo show! Everyone is welcome to join me at the opening on August 1st at the 106 Calvin Gallery in downtown Grand Rapids from 5:00PM-9:00PM. Many thanks to the gallery for all their wonderful work, and to my friends for their gracious support. I'm super pumped to see everything together in the space. The show is work from the migration series--check out the gallery to see more. 

Cheers to a lovely July!

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garden veil

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Spend time outside, spend time in the studio, spend summertime wisely.

Check out the full drawing in the "Migration" gallery. 

Check out the full drawing in the "Migration" gallery. 

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galaxies

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When we dance
When we dance
Eels and sea grass float on by

I'm ten thousand leagues
Beneath the sea
Ten thousand leagues

(Galaxies, Laura Veirs).

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weekend

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Had a couple of the best weekends ever--right in a row.  So grateful for this warm weather, my amazing housemate (she is a yard wizard!), magic trips to Indy, and tiny objects from Burley Park. 

Happy summer, y'all. 

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art.downtown.

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Sun makes all the difference.  Of course it does.  My Michigan amnesia is already kicking in, and soon I won't even remember what the snow looked like--much less what that that wind felt like on my face and any other body part unlucky enough to be uncovered.

April, you are most welcome. This time of year means Art.Downtown., the spring gallery hop created by Avenue for the Arts featuring the work of over 400 artists taking place in downtown Grand Rapids.  My work (see above) will be at Craft House next week Friday, April 11th from 6:00PM-11:00PM as part of the Co=efficient show.  Several local Grand Rapids collectives will be exhibiting together, and I'm pumped to see what everyone has been up to.  

So get out! Of your house! Come hang out downtown and treat your eyeballs to something awesome. 

Cheers!

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winter skin

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This drawing is funny because it ended up being about how desperately I wish spring would arrive for the sake of my dry, itchy face skin and limbs more than anything else.  Yes, I am complaining a little.  At least I'm drawing while I'm doing it.

It's spring, and as a result I've been thinking about winter's tendency to diminish and take away in contrast to summer's abundance and generosity.  I sure do miss smelling things.  And color.  I think I've made good use of my indoor time, but for crying out loud I need to get back on my bike.

I promise I'm done complaining.  Winter is necessary, snow is beautiful, and it will be even more lovely when I'm swimming in it once it's melted. 

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spring break

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Almost out of the winter cave: spring is coming, and flood warnings abound.  Still working on self-portraits.  I think the narrowed eyes on this one reflect my skepticism of the outside temperature ever exceeding 35 degrees for more than 10 minutes. 

Don't worry, March.  I've got your number, and it's 31.  Get in here, April. 

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selfies

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I haven't drawn a self portrait in long, long time.  I'm going on nearly a decade without drawing my face.  But how?  How did I get through art school without one, or two, or seventy? 

Simple.  I'm just not all that fond of drawing myself.  In my figure drawing classes, I outsourced the modeling for all my homework projects... it's a wonder my family and friends still put up with me.  Hours and hours of sitting still while my pencil and I scratched along from across the room.  I sat looking intensely at their bodies and faces, unblinkingly recording their every bump and fold, when I could have just as easily sat in front of the full length mirror in my closet.

I'm ready though.  I think.  And it's just as weird as I anticipated.  Looking at your own face for long periods of time is both strange and wonderful--like really seeing your own ear for the first time, or just how many cowlicks you have, or what it might be like to watch yourself dreaming. 

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At the risk of sounding self-celebratory, I'm pumped about this body of work.  I'm excited to insert myself into this narrative, experiment with the figure again, and see what comes out.  Winter is long, but I am patient.  And there is plenty of drawing to do.

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