I am excited to announce I was selected as the winner of the Open 30 Solo Show Prize at Laredo College. I was chosen from a group of artists whose works were juried to be included the Open 30 Show. The selection was decided by vote, I am so humbled and honored to have won.
The show is tentatively set for next Fall, so that gives me some time to make new work. I have been playing around with ideas for several new pieces for a while now but, haven’t put much paint to paper yet. I’m looking at this as a good push to get back into gear. I’m also looking to push myself out of my comfort zone a bit, in this new year and with this show. I plan to start documenting and sharing my process on my blog and social media pages, to give a glimpse at my creative process and show all the successes and mistakes that I will inevitably go through.
The first piece I am working on is “Order and Chaos”, I started this piece last Summer and have only worked on it a little bit here and there, then I put it away for a few months. Now with the show coming up I have brought it out and have it almost complete. It only needs some small touches to be finished. This piece is a good example of the vein I plan to take with my future paintings.
If you are reading this, thank you. Sharing myself and my work this way goes against my grain and I find it extremely difficult, but I hope it helps me grow as an artist and human. If it helps others on their paths as well then, all the better. Wish me luck!
These are just a few of the pieces that I have in the show.
Stop by if you're in the area to see more of my work. The show will run until May 10th.
From my grid and gestalt series available in the shop.
“When They Fall” (Small Petal Gestalt Assemblage), is a small piece from my most recent body of work. The collection consists of larger scale works in grid and gestalt patterns made with flower petals. Like most of my work, these pieces are an exploration of fragility, impermanence, life’s spark and its end; as well as my desire to protect, collect, and acknowledge.
These works are made with flower petals that I have dyed, dried and laminated. Once the petals have been pressed and dried, I carefully cut out each one from the protective film and methodically lay them out into a specific pattern. I attach them to the board with adhesive and a tiny steel pin.
I've reopened my Etsy shop with a few new items. Here is a peek at a few.
I plan to add string and petals to the armatures, they will be similar to my "Fragile Brooch". (pictured below)
This video shows the process of adding a patina to the silver pieces called Liver of Sulphur.