Tuesday, October 21, 2014



Playing around with finishing pieces... and thinking about display/context. Things are chugging along.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Catch Up.

Life has been moving at an epic pace lately. Between work, studio and reading, blogging has fallen by the wayside. For example since the last time I checked in here I made a bunch of stuff, photographed it, intended to blog about it, got carried away in the studio and forgot to post it. Now I am playing catch up, so since taking these pictures, I have made a whole bunch more that need to be documented! It's a vicious cycle I tell you.

More to come. I just wanted to make sure you all knew I was still alive and makin'.






Saturday, September 20, 2014

I figured it was about time to show you what I have been working on in the studio...










Saturday, September 13, 2014

Traces.

What happens when you freeze slip? I wasn't sure, but apparently this happens..




There is something here I think...what it is I'm not sure yet.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Clark.






This past weekend I made a trek out the The Clark in Williamstown, Ma. It truly is an all day experience. Besides just taking in the art, the new architecture and grounds are inspiring in their own right. While I went out to see the David Smith exhibit I was surprisingly taken by the abstract painting show. The above artist takes on painting really caught my eye as well as their use of materials.

Yay for seeing art!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Testing the Waters.

My second meeting with my artist mentor, Julie Graham, last weekend was much needed. Admittedly I was starting to feel a bit stuck in my head.

After our conversation I felt more confident in my current scattered state; she reassured me that if I didn't feel this way right now - second semester MFA - then I wasn't doing something right. She liked my ice melts but encouraged me to explore different papers and with different coloring agents. I have been doing a lot of documenting the past month or so, really trying to see what forms I am drawn to. Last semester I strayed from layering and working in small parts, but ultimately I really feel that it is fundamental in my process. When I think about the pieces I created last semester the most important aspect for me was the evidence left behind from its creation. That is what has stayed with me, not the importance of my hand. While I don't love most of the things I made from last semester they have led me to discovering that what really connects with me is the mark, evidence, process etc. of how an object came to be.

Between now and our next meeting I plan on investigating the origin of the clay I am working with, or what it is physically made of; begin to create a response to a natural environment; explore the idea of what a "core sample" of my home would look like.

Anyways enough rambling. Here are a few things that I brought with me to our meeting...




Thursday, August 21, 2014

Currently.

I just finished reading Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art by Maria Elena Buszek and oh my goodness talk about a good read. It has my head spinning in a million different directions. Though my hands haven't gotten deep into clay yet this semester my head is. Amidst my site specific observations and color studies I cannot stop thinking about clay. 

Looking back on last semester I think I got too carried away with making just to make. It may have been necessary at the time, but right now I feel I need to really think a little bit more before just diving in; thus my brief hiatus from my beloved material. 

While my wheels are spinning I have been constantly going back to two artists who work in clay and are currently blowing my mind; Clare Twomey and David Cushway. I can't get my hands on enough information about them, their work, their ideas etc. 

In David Cushway's artist statement he says "My work is underpinned by a fascination with clay as a medium; the history of clay use is the history of humanity; it is the material that binds us to the earth that we inhabit."; I couldn't have said it better myself. Now if I could only make work that reflects this...

Also for your viewing pleasure...