Indulgences and Integrity

Recently, a posting about the welcome letter to the University of Chicago’s incoming 2020 class has been making the rounds. The letter challenges a contemporary academic trend, that of Universities creating “safe” (non-anxiety causing) places and preliminarily cautioning students  that an idea about to be discussed may be uncomfortable, an action known as a “trigger warning”. It’s […]

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Too Smart, Too Beautiful. What?!?

Lately, my collaborator and I have been running into a challenge with our glass work-it’s not getting into some juried glass exhibitions. I asked a well-seasoned colleague why he thought this was the case and he told me the work was “too intelligent”, that it was “very sophisticated”.  In the past I’ve had similar comments made […]

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On Curating

“Oh, you’re a curator too?” My friend’s comment caught me off guard.  I don’t find this activity unusual because I work in academia and there’s always another person in the building who is bringing in a visiting artist or putting together an exhibition. I don’t consider this to be a separate part of my identity as […]

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Hello 2016!

Dear Friends, one of my 2016 goals is to turn this site into a proper blog, sharing more images and thoughts on process with you. Lately my thoughts have been on four things: working in different media and the resistance encountered; the Venus Transit book (which will get done this year, damnit!); working in kiln-cast […]

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So much ground to cover!

It’s been an incredibly eventful summer and fall, and there are so many posts to write. I will have a break soon, but in the meantime, here are a few images to give a quick rundown. They include a residency at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts to design my next artist’s book structure, papermaking and indigo […]

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Fuck Yeah, Book Arts!

A shout out to the kind folks at Fuck Yeah, Book Arts! One of my old students let me know that Kalopsia Collective posted an image of the work from last year’s exhibition, Octavo Fika Narrative, in Scotland. One of my favorite things about artist’s books is their transdisciplinary nature. Still no frontiers-we’re all outlaws.

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A New Collection

I am delighted that the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has purchased a copy of my artist’s book Drowning. Thanks to Laura Russell of 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon. When I created this book I never imagined the escalation that five years could bring; I hoped we were moving toward a […]

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Hive: the latest broadside.

    The first time I read Nick Flynn’s poem, Hive, I was moved past the point of language. Although there are many poets whose craft makes me swoon, few poems take away my breath. This is one. The intimacy of the poem asked for deep consideration; the image is taken from the biology of […]

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Pocosin Arts Workshop Weekend

  North Carolina is full of hidden gems. One of my favorites is the Pocosin Arts Folk School in Columbia. Located on the banks of the Scuppernong River, Pocosin is a wonderful place to teach a workshop and the students who attend are always hungry to learn. It was a pleasure to “feed” them this […]

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