|Photo by Jaime Davis|
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Loving the smell of the printmaking studio.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
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Friday, May 14, 2010
I finished up two collages for the "At Her Age" juried show at A.I.R. Gallery in New York. The show explores womens concept of body image at different stages in life. My work incorporates text, paste paper. wire and vellum. Some research shows that Black women and Asian women have a more positive body image than Caucasian women who are more bound to societies rigid and often unattainable standards of beauty that are predominantly European.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I continued working in the studio today exploring cut out shapes to use in the artwork for the A.I.R. show. I like how cut out shapes create both positive and negative spaces. The shadows play over the surface creating another dimension.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Experimenting with collage. Love the square format after creating those 13 collages for the New Zealand Exchange. Way back in November I did a large collaborative work at a school in Rockville, MD and wanted to use paperclips and washers to assemble the hundreds of 4" x 4" protraits that the children made of their grandparents. The teachers were skepticalabout the weight of it, so we mounted them in a more traditional way. Ever since then I've wanted to create some assmblages using paper clips, washers and other small tools. It reminds me of my father and how he had all these tools in his basement workshop mounted neatly on a huge peg board behind his work tables.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
What is happening. Things are happening (San e psa) was the title of an exhibit at Pulcri Studios in The Hague featuring Kurt Nahar and Marcel Pinas (both from Suriname) and Patricia Kearsenhout (The Netherlands). The title was conceived by Nahar and referred to his idea that youth in both Suriname and in the Netherlands know little or nothing about critical historical and political events in Suriname and in particular events of the eighties. Nahar and Pina's controversial art installations arouse interest and beg an explanation. Kearsenhout's art incorporates text as the basis for her work and were equally engaging. The exhibit ran from March 13, to April 4, 2010. Luckily I had a chance to meet both Nahar and Pinas while in the Netherlands and talk and share our work.
Just heard today that one of my collages that I submitted to the 12th International Collage Exhibition/Exchange in New Zealand, will be going to ArtColle, the museum of collage in France. It used to be situated in Sergines, but now is housed in a stunning building, a 17th Century chapel in Brittany.
I'm working on some new collages for the "At Her Age" exhibition on Women, Sex and Age curated by Martha Wilson, artist and founder of Franklin Furnace. The exhibit is part of an exhibition series called Currents. “At Her Age” will examine how women at any period in their life, old or young, view their changing bodies.A.I.R. Gallery, in Brooklyn NY, was founded in 1972 as the first artist-run, not-for-profit gallery for women artists in the United States.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Only a few days remain before my trip to Holland this coming week. I'm very excited about meeting other artists and writers. I was invited to present a workshop to kids at the Boekids International Children's Literature Festival at the Haag. I finished packing yesterday. I'll be taking many of my illustrated books and fine art images.
Monday, March 15, 2010
In my push to go global in 2010, I submitted thirteen 8" x 8" collages for an international exchange of art from artists around the world to New Zealand. I rushed to the post office to meet the March 20 deadline. I printed out the pigment prints on my Epson printer on bright white watercolor paper and then cut and paste geometric images I painted and collaged other images on top.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I uncovered some papers I painted at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in my studio today. I was a resident artist there for 5 months last Spring where I experimented with digital and traditional printmaking processes. These paintings on paper were created using acrylic pigment and paste. After painting, I worked over the surface with different tools with teeth to create line work and texture. Afterwards I screened on top of the surface with white pigment. The words I silkscreened were from a blues tune I wrote. as part of my series I created called ByeKu which explored the concept of loss and abandonment in relationships. I'll be created new mixed media works on paper from these painted and silkscreened papers this winter.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Although I live in the US, my art has been influenced by my travels abroad. I've studied with artists in several countries in Africa, including a painter and textile artist in Ghana, a preeminent printmaker in Nigeria, a solar engraver in Sudan and have presented my art in the Caribbean. I recognize the universal power of art to connect and bridge cultures and communities by highlighting our shared humanity. Our stories and art paint our hopes and add color and shape to our dreams, which can manifest healing and life transformation. I'm excited about taking my art to the Netherlands this spring, collaborating with other artists and making art that touching lives around the world.