Hey! Getting to you a little behind schedule with this post - my laptop and computer crashed last week, still having some minor issues, but all is well for the most part...
Last week I returned to NC to vote for the midterms - I missed the deadline for sending in an away ballot. But it felt important to participate in this election - I hope you guys all had the chance to get out and vote too!
I'm still working on some smaller tests, now printing on fiber and then embroidering over it. The Torpedo Factory residency has given me the incredible chance to try so many new things during my time here and meet so many talented artists. I have been pretty laser focused working on tests and developing new methods, and then all of a sudden, late last week I realized I have 2-3 works due for the Post-Grad Exhibition the first week of December!!
T-minus 2 weeks and counting, and let's not forget Thanksgiving is next week, where the hell has all the time gone, and what was I doing with it?
I am anxious to start working on these new pieces, I didn't realize how fast my time here has gone by! I am in early, planning stages for the new work and will keep you posted on what I can get knocked out in the next week. It's going to be another busy one for sure!
I head back to Durham, NC on Friday, Nov. 16, to give my artist talk at the Durham Art Guild about my show Incidence! If you are in the Triangle, I would love to see you there!
Praying there is enough coffee in this world to keep me going!
Happy November! By the way, this is my favorite month - I love the weather and holiday time spent with friends and family - I can tell it's going to be a good one this year!
This past week I've been working on a lot of new things, mostly 2D and all new processes I've never tried before. Definitely uncharted territory. And I wonder if making these things that are so unlike my usual work, will ultimately impact my trajectory as a maker. Micro-musing.
This residency at TFAC gave me the space and time to make the work for my solo show Incidence my first few weeks here, and now is allowing me to develop smaller works that will be for sale in the near future. Moving into making commercial work is something that has always interested me but has seemed out of reach with the type of work that I traditionally make. But I'm up for the challenge and excited to share some of my tests with you. Below you can see some block prints, fiber paintings and embroidery.
And while I'm working on all this, I realized today that I will be installing my work for the Post-Grad Residency Exhibition at the Torpedo Factory in a month. lol. So I need to start moving on making some new work. And one last update, part of being an artist is looking for and applying for opportunities to exhibit work and participate in residencies on a regular basis. I spent a lot of the earlier part of the week applying for these types of opportunities and I always have my fingers crossed something will pan out! Dealing with the rejection can be hard, but the more you apply to, the more you get in to; it's just a numbers game, right?
Okay....so I'm back after a brief hiatus from SM and Art in Motion. I'm sorry I left you hanging last week - I had the craziest 10 days. I just opened my solo show Incidence, last Friday, the 19th. I was working almost up until opening to get the work up (12 and 14 hour days with little foods and sleeps working, working) - but it happened! Check out photos below of the work and if you are in the Triangle, check out the show through December 8th at the SunTrust Gallery at the Durham Art Council. Shout out to all the lovelies who helped me get the show up - Durham Art Guild for the honor to show my work, TFAC for giving me a week off my residency to install, my lovely friend Jackie, who graciously donated time and company, my mother and her partner who flew across the country and then installed my work for 8 hours, my bffl/SM guru, Kaliegh and of course, my brilliant and incredibly kind partner, Ben.
Week one at the Torpedo Factory was incredible! I started working on casts of orange peels, an idea I began working through at Penland School of Craft over the summer. I'm making multiples of these casts, and plan to install the piece on the ceiling almost in chandelier formation. I only have 25 molds, but I think I've made about 300 pieces... My studio is very crowded at the moment!
I'm excited to start the Post-Graduate Residency at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, even though I had a lot of last minute packing! And I almost forgot a bundle of fiber that I will need for a piece I’ll be starting this week. I had this monster list that saved me during the process. But it always seems to generate new lists. At least we stay on task!
As a resident of TFAC I will be in for an incredible experience. I know it will be transformative, but it will demand a lot out of me as well. I’ll spend two full weeks at the residency and then return to the Triangle to install my solo show, Incidence, it opens October 19th at the Durham Art Council. After that I will spend a majority of my time through December in the DC area. I’m really excited to investigate some new ideas and materials and keep you posted along the way. I’ll post again at the end of the week with an update and after that be in touch weekly!
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