A recent letter to a friend included the thought, I truly miss thinking, the wonderment of ideas. Did I tell you about the experience I had in a thesis meeting a few weeks ago? …I was thinking about an article I read in the NY Times, “The Brooch is Back, Baby” in which they quote […]
Back in the Saddle!
After achieving tenure, several national and international exhibitions/workshops (during an illness, no less), publishing an article with my collaborators, and the Covidiocy, my studio practice is back on track. (Whew!) It’s time to gain some closure and wrap up open projects so I can move forward with new ones. My Venus Transit/Rise of the Divine […]
Art & Social Action
Pink Pussyhats, 2017. I made this for the “End of Times 2” print exchange, organized by Mary Bruno. Like many, I am still reeling in the wake of the 2016 election. There are two quotes that keep me from sinking into complete despair, the first by writer Toni Morrison: This is precisely the time when artists go to […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Some students made a little movie about me…
Some of our lovely ECU Cinematic Arts and Media Production students made a short movie about me, a “Professor Profile” for one of their film classes. They did a great job and it was really fun to have them come to the house and to my classes to film me in action. It was also a […]
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.