I was as prepared as I possibly could have been for my Graduate MFA Thesis proposal for Blaffer. I think the meeting went really well thanks to all the advice from other artists who'd been through it. One of the things I love about art is the community around it, and our willingness to help each other.
Just now updated my work on here. I'm in my 3rd and final year of grad school. It flew by super quick. I can't believe that my thesis show is in less than 7 months. That is terrifying. I got a new studio on campus! its almost 3 times as big as the last studio. I could do cartwheels in it.
Any way take a look at the updated work and let me know what you think!
Salt has been exceptionally important to humans for thousands of years. Salt's ability to preserve food was a foundation of civilization. It helped to eliminate the dependence on the seasonal availability of food and it allowed travel over long distances. It was valued trade item to the point of being considered a form of currency by certain peoples. Salt was used in blessing ceremonies. It was also used as a weapon by the Roman's on their enemies farm land. In Spain and in the Spanish Empire, salt was poured onto the land owned by a convicted traitor after his house was demolished. Now salt is almost universally accessible, relatively cheap. My work revolves around objects largely. So I plan to start small and get more ambitious as I go.
in the photos below I’ve included photos of my containers, glue, and process.
Also just for fun check out "we can pickle that" from Portlandia
Just posted some new work and I hope to be better keeping things updated this semester. Fingers crossed at least. I have a show in Huntsville coming up in soon. September 18th. --Ill post more about that soon. and I plan to have work in Lawndales Dia De Los Muertos show. If you haven't been check that out too!
Here are some pics of a piece I'm currently working on. These organs are hand sewn out of textured felt and belong to a bigger piece. I found over the last 3 days that I really NEED to invest in a sewing machine because my hands ache.I'll post better pics when it's done. I'd say more but today was exhausting.
Ps if you ever need to cut felt this tool (though it looks like it belongs in a pizzeria) is called a Rotary Cutter. Its AMAZING! You can get them at Micheals or Hobby Lobby for $12-16. Slices through fabric like a hot knife through butter.
Pps I unintentionally insulted the girls who work at copy cornor. I was super tired and wasn't listening to the words coming out of my mouth. You won't see this but SUPER SORRY BOUT THAT LADIES!! Did not mean to make your night more difficult.
Omgosh SO much has happened since the last time I updated this blog. First off y'all I GOT INTO GRAD SCHOOL. I will be attending the University of Houston working toward my MFA starting (gasp) tomorrow.
Also I received 2 scholarships this semester. They helped a lot. Not sure I could have made this semester work without them. Thankyou so much sponsors!!!!
Annnnd I've picked out my studio at orientation! Here is a photo of it. Its not as creepy as it looks I promise...but I haven't been there overnight yet...so maybe I shouldn't vouch for it. Cant wait to break it in.
And here is a photo of all the stuff that goes in my empty studio that is currently in my car.....
After having 3 separate living situations plans fall apart on me... I've moved in (short-term) with a friend and her fabulous family on the edge of Houston. It's about a 30 minute commute to the university and a godsend.
There has also been so a lot of heartbreak this summer.
These back-to-back tragedies have reinforced what I already know: to celebrate life. Let things go of the things that don't matter and cling fiercely to the things that do. In the words of Neil Armstrong:
I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine.
but to end on a lighter note.....
A former classmate of mine Christina Vanlandingham is now on the Brazos Arts Council. She asked a variety of artists translate child's drawing into fine art. It was important to me for the child to be able to interact with it, so I turned this drawing into a soft sculpture pillow. Here are some process photos. The finished piece has a zipper pocket hidden under the monster's face, and it glows in the dark.
Remember my friend Josh? The guy with the hack saw? He's also an artist, and a fabulous one at that. His work is so simple and moving that it's mind blowing. I've had an "art crush" on him for a few years now. Might have even had an a Yates Alter at one point....but that's another story.
Recently he's been leaving clues that guide people to secluded areas where he has hidden installations. This one involves a recording hidden in a locker. Loud enough that a passerby might stop and wonder about it, but quiet enough the viewer needs to press their ear against it to decipher it's meaning. In this case it's a monologue about what I assume was a young Josh's home life. At one point he's asks "Can you hear me? Can anybody hear this? I just need to know you can hear this."