Friday, May 03, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Monday, July 02, 2012
These are made from left over postcards promoting various art shows. Vista print likes to give a zillion postcards if you order an extra zillion for free. So I adhere several and make small works. Sold a number of them at Book, Paper, Scissors at the Free library of Philadelphia this past fall. Have named them Gentle Reminders. Many have a few words, like linger, or endure, swim up stream, as gentile reminders to well, do those things. Easy to forget in the rush of everyday life. They are a variety of media, hand made paper, tissue scraps, acrylic paint, seedlings, strings. Some have dimension others do not. The images you see on this blog are only partials of the work. Some will be on my cafepress site as cards. But that is not really eco friendly, I know...but no animals were harmed in the testing of these products, and we do need something to send to Aunt Zelda after her bunyan operation anyway. So how is the rush of your everyday life?
Thursday, April 05, 2012
― May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude
This is one in a series of six mixed media pieces created with the motif of women and solitude. By solitude, I mean the type of reflection and coming to one's self without every day distractions and interruptions. Certainly not in a sad or lonely way, but a "contented with one's own being and thoughts" way...for me it is about refueling. Woman are often demanded upon and our time can be so fragmented that many crave some quiet time to do or not do as they please. To be away from the noise, the opinions, the news, the problems and simply think...to sort out all those many thoughts and ideas. For me it is bliss, and even though I love people and enjoy good company, quality alone time is essential to my creativity.
Title is tentatively, "woman cat." Media is gauche, sumi ink, magazine article, graphite, and decorative paper.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Images of my postal art project made in a mixed media workshop at Fleischer Art Memorial in Philadelphia. An inspiring and informative experience and one that keeps my fuss budget tendencies at bay. Oh, and learned a few truly "magical" techniques from the instructor. Yes, I love art class.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Friday, September 09, 2011
Thursday, November 04, 2010
2010 Juried Fall Show
November 13, 2010 - December 11, 2010
Juror: Edna Davis, Owner of Tyme Gallery
When: Saturday, November 13 , 2010
Where: MCGOPA at SPP Galleries
Inquirer Building on Rt. 23 between
Rts. 320 (Swedeland Road) and 202 in
Time: 5 - 7 PM
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Thursday, August 05, 2010
This piece is not quite finished but getting close. The event is next Friday and my goal is to finish by the weekend. It is comprised of a $5.00 chair from Goodwill painted white, cowgirl boots, a white jacket, the sleeve from a bridal gown found in a dumpster, a diaper, pantaloons from a doll and various laces as well as a tampon string. The trappings of females, what adorns us, or protects us, or gets us moving and up from the seated position. Was going to call it "Wing and Roots and Cowgirl Boots" but not sure about including the wings and that title is a bit too cutesy. Will possibly but tool around the seat as well, you know for dancing.
Monday, February 01, 2010
And the next version. Decided to add a larger, more interesting leaf and kept the Emily Dickinson poem. Also coated the cathedral with glass coat which makes the image appear wet. Not done yet, as I still have to attach the actual poem, oh and that stem to the lotus pod. So there will be a version 4 coming and maybe more still if I opt for having this puppy framed. Might call it "Slant of light" or "Winter Afternoons."
This is the more recent version, but have not settled on the winter quote...strongly leaning toward Emily Dickinson. Thrilled to receive two new sample adhesives that I used on this one as well, so it is down to three pieces to adhere and a title. "Yes Paste" is my favorite so far. There are a few minor details: I am thinking of adding, four thin sticks and a piece of faded wire. Also not sure how to handle the quote, either as a transfer or layers of torn wasi paper coated with rice paste.
Finishing is often the hardest part, for me anyway with just about anything.
This base relief piece is simpler than more recent works. The four seasons are represented by the lotus blossom, leafless tree, leaf, and shell... yet they are seasons remembered in winter and indoors primarily. Comfortably stark, I think. The right scrap of poetry is out there waiting to be found and attached.... only I have not come across it yet. Suggestions by readers are always welcome. No name for this one yet either.
Thus in the winter stands the lonely tree, Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one, Yet knows its boughs more silent than before
- Edna St Vincent Millay
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I. Undone is done at last. It seemed to need space between the separate boxes and looks better as a base relief mounted on a wall. The addition of the chess tournament in the city and the chess pieces carries the black/white repetition from the left box to the right and thematically recalls the game board motif. The "angels" on the right are flat, pointing or looking off in other directions as the photograph depicts the men playing chess. The dimensional woman on the left is compartmentalized, secular, and rustic in comparison. Also she does not have the proper game pieces to play.
II. Inside this former silver chest with a mixture of doll parts, a Korean mask, dominoes, metal leaves, checker board, and images of saints
III. This one is not quite finished, but pretty close. Still looking for a few chess pieces that are the right size
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Comprised of a various broken glass, ceramics, torn netting, a yellow feather, a pod, a belt buckle and loosely arranged on wooden grid. The circular object in the back ground is made from men's ties. The fortune at upper right hand square says, "Your dearest dream is coming true."
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Six Women: Six Perspectives Opens at Holy Family University
Running Dates: 10/6/08-10/29/08 Opening:
Monday October 13, 2008 at 6 p.m.- Location:
Holy Family University Gallery
Lower Level John M. Perzel Education Technology Center
9801 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA 215-637-7700
Six Women: Six Perspectives features work by six women:
Jane Craven, Kathy Dobash, Bonnie MacAllister, Meredith McDonald,
Sonia Sherrod, and Michelle Wilson.
Jane Craven is a graduate of the sculpture MFA program at the University of the Arts.
She holds a BFA and teacher certification from Moore College of Art. Her two and three-dimensional
work is compelling. She most recently installed “Sculptoure”: a site-specific installation in Long
Branch, New Jersey. Craven will show mixed media, clay, and plaster work at Holy Family.
Kathy Dobash is a Luzerne County artist and an art educator. She has been an artist her whole life.
Kathy is known as the artist-in-residence in the historic Markle Building. Renovating a century
old ceiling in this building has inspired Kathy to create a new series of work. Dobash brings
mixed media and oil pastel work to this exhibition.
Bonnie MacAllister is an artist, author, and educator. She has most recently exhibited
at the Utopian Library in Viareggio, Italy and in la Galería del MEC, Montevideo, Uruguay
(along with Michelle Wilson). She is currently exhibiting with the Women’s Caucus for Art
DC Chapter in Tacoma Park, MD. Her work for this exhibition explores Catholicism and
identity through a feminist lens.
Meredith McDonald holds a Master in Teaching Visual Arts from the University of the Arts
and has studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts. She is a 2008
recipient of the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant which funds women in the
arts in Philadelphia. An accomplished artist, Meredith brings intriguing new oil
work to Holy Family University.
Sonia Sherrod describes her craft, “As an assemblage artist, I try to re-create
beauty or relativity out of the discarded, broken, and abandoned found objects
juxtaposed with my own original 2-d art, old photographs, and words.
These constructions explore the relativeness of color, shadows, and shape as
well as compartmentalizing thematic associations of still-life, portrait,
and landscape....empty, full, crowded and sparse, revealing and withholding
within a narrative context.” She has exhibited widely including Festival of the Masters
in Orlando, Florida and the Manchester National Juried Fine
Art Exhibition in Richmond VA. Sherrod will exhibit new assemblages in
“Six Women: Six Perspectives..
Michelle Wilson is the creator of Rocinante Press and the Migratory Books Project.
Michelle describes her art forms, “In my work, I seek to reveal the stories of unseen
connections and unconsidered issues that are connected to the experience
of the human condition. Through the use of intersecting narratives that become
reflective metaphors for each other, I examine political, historical and ecological links.”
Her work is widely collected and exhibited in the United States and abroad.
In this exhibition, Wilson will show lithograph inclusion in handmade cotton/abaca paper.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Here is a new one I'm finishing off this week....not a small feat in my studio that has no ac in 90 degree weather. Sweat, adhesives and many kinds, saw dust, recycled paper, tacky bling, a silver spoon, purse strings and dirty money........oh and of course gas. Sure is taking a hunk of my stash to fill up the subuey. This image is a little blurry but it is my grandfather standing beside a gas pump....it says pure pep on the pump. Not sure when it was taken. But for my sentiments about money let's turn to FDR's 1st inaugural speech:
The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.
Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.
Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride of place and personal profit; and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and in business which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing. Small wonder that confidence languishes, for it thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, on unselfish performance; without them it cannot live.Restoration calls, however, not for changes in ethics alone. This Nation asks for action, and action now.