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Thursday, October 27, 2011

 tenacity: the determination to rise above difficult circumstances


Friday, October 21, 2011

A crisp Fall day like today called for some soup. I made a chunky Tomato and Thai Basil Bisque with seasoned, oven baked croutons made with fresh, homemade bread. Of course it all looks so pretty in my new wheel thrown bowls. Hubby approved!

Exhibition...and Award

I have two encaustic pieces in the 4th Annual Joyner Library Graduate Student Art and Design Exhibition which opened Wednesday night and runs through January 31, 2012. The theme for this year's exhibition is "prophecy". This theme ties in with a S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series (SRAPAS) production and other campus wide events. The Joyner Library is on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. I am also very happy to announce that my piece "Reaching" received the Friends of Joyner Library Purchase Award for $1,000.

New(ish) Piece

Thursday, October 13, 2011

This is a piece I finished before the beginning of the summer but didn't get around to shooting until now. It's a sculpture called "Action : Interaction" and was created using wet felted wool and nuno felted wool. It's about 7 feet long and 2 feet wide in total. There are no substructures in the wool; they hold their shape due to the many layers of wool. There are felted ropes under the top bat of wool that give the piece a visceral quality. I wanted to express some thoughts about communication, especially as it relates to family relationships. Also, check out the time lapse video to see the making....

"Action : Interaction"

Photos by Justin Pearson

Good Morning Fall Weather!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Self, Observed at NCMA

My triptych, "Triple Silhouette" (Oil paint on canvas over panel, 48” x 88”, 2007) is part of a juried exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art called Self, Observed.

Self, Observed coincides with the Rembrandt in America exhibition running from October 30, 2011 through January 31, 2012. The exhibition celebrates the exploration of identity that occupied Rembrandt van Rijn throughout his life. All works are published through the NCMA blog and will be featured in an Image Slam during the exhibition.

Students in Curatorial Projects at UNC, Chapel Hill, under the supervision of Professor Elin O’Hara Slavick and the Museum, selected 43 artists from over 160 submissions. Jurors considered how entries illustrate the autobiographical exploration of self-identity, through self-portraiture and ask questions such as: “Would Rembrandt like this?” “What does this say about the person represented?” “Does the artist push the medium?” “Can the public relate to the piece?” The works of art that were selected for Self, Observed, were chosen because they represent an exciting diversity of style, media, age, conceptual intent, and rendering that complement the self-analysis and intensity of Rembrandt’s portraiture.

On Friday, November 18, there will be a reception to honor the artists accepted in the Self, Observed exhibition. While the event will not be open to the public, each participating artist will be able to invite family members, friends, and professors. During the event, guests will enjoy a reception and free admission to the Rembrandt in America exhibition.

Nap time in the studio

Monday, October 3, 2011

What can I say, it's cozy in here.

Back in the Studio

Working on my thesis installation.