Wednesday, December 7, 2011

portfolio thoughts

I've been working for MONTHS on this artist statement and progress is being made! As soon as I get all this gradschool stuff out of the way I will make a post about the awesomeness of Art Basel. In the mean time, here are some images I am considering for my portfolio because it is great to get feedback (hint hint hint). There are currently 22 images and schools ask for 15 or 20, so I need to take out 2, and then have 5 others that I can take out for the schools that want fewer.

Friday, December 2, 2011

On January 6 2010 my post read: "I've pretty much finished my artist statement! It still needs a touch of polishing, but I'm excited about it. Writing it was a painful process, but I've learned a whole lot! Thank goodness for applications to really make me sit down and think and articulate and reflect." Oh how I wish I was there now. This is my second time applying to grad school, and writing an artist statement hasn't gotten any easier. It's going to happen though, and it's going to be great.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Yesterday's work. I started the background. Also the snakes are getting scaly.

Monday, November 7, 2011

deCordova Collaboration

This past weekend I participated in a performance workshop at the deCordova Museum. The performance team robinschilds enlisted a group of young artists to create performance pieces that would activated particular locations within the museum. We were charged with each writing a directive, or list of instructions suggesting new ways to move through and interact with the space of our choosing. Mine was made to parallel Orpheus's journey to the underworld, and explored an individual's relationship to the things they lose. The audio files for these directives are available at the museum's website and can be downloaded for the duration of the Temporary Spaces exhibit. Guests are encouraged to listen to and/ or perform them in the museum. Here is a link: The one I wrote is Directive #2. I'll post pictures of the event as soon as I get them.

Also, there is an article about the 48 hour show from a few weeks ago... written in Slovak!

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Dear friends, Annie Blazejack and I will be painting a scroll next weekend, while we are art making we need people to come in and read The Odyssey to us. If you are in NYC and free on Friday the 11th from 1-8 or Saturday the 12th from 1-6 and would like to read to us, let me know when and for how long you are free. Also friends who aren't in town but have access to skype, gmail , or ichat video chats, let me know.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Labyrinths and Portals

In the time honored traditions of building labyrinths as portals, Annie and I made a labyrinth from a thumbprint on the beach, It is our longest labyrinth yet, which makes it awesome to walk, you really get time to think and contemplate.

Here are some drawings

The first is of the rain, and what I am thinking of for the background of the drawing below it.
Here is my reworking of Medusa and Athena combined. It's still got a ways to go, but it's getting better. The eyes are really hard to get right because it is so big that when I am close enough to work on it, I am too close to see weather they are the same size and shape and angle and such, which is an interesting challenge.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Awesome performance alert.

It should read robbinschilds, SMFA students and Geddes. I'm really excited about this performance, if you are in Boston, and can come saturday, please do!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

More publicity for the 48 hour show

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Here are the other two drawings I made during the 24 hour art making marathon.

The first is called Persephone's dream.

This is only a closeup snapshot of the birth of Venus drawing, I don't have any full pictures of it yet, I'm letting a friend store it for me, so I have to swing by her place to take a picture of it soon.

Some publicity on the 48 hour show.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Here are 3 of the 5 drawings I made during the 24 hour art-making marathon this past weekend. They are all 38" x 50" and portraits of other artists participating in the performance.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Come to my opening this sunday!

I'm getting ready to paint for 24 hours, starting midnight tonight Come see the results at our opening this Sunday (October 23) between noon and midnight at Camel Art Space (722 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)! I'll try and post some images as we go, but I won't have internet there.

I'm really excited about this marathon because I'm pushing a whole bunch of boundaries. I have done two 24 hour marathons before, but this time I want to make 6-7 large drawings, portraits of the other artists participating, but mythology style. This will be exciting because I might learn a bit about my tendency to make self portraits. I also planned the drawings out ahead of time, which is exciting and unusual for me. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

You know you live in Greenpoint when... your newest artist crush is Polish.

Seriously though, I encounerd the work of Jacek Malczewski for the first time today. He incorporates mythology and humanity and deep emotional explorations with his figurative paintings AND he is an exquisite painter. He is definitely on my artist family tree.

For your viewing pleasure:

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I've started adding color to this drawing, it's helping me make the features more accurate and add to the emotion in the gaze, which is good. We'll see where this goes.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

So I went to the Frick and the Whitney Museums today, and saw some amazing art. I also spent some time thinking about why I ten to make self portraits in my artistic explorations. I think it has something to do with the personal nature of the work. With the mythological self portraits I am reliving and experiencing the myths and then adapting them to my life. I am searching out the fundamental emotions and conflicts of these stories and updating them. Because the imagery and ideas come from such a personal nature and because I am trying to capture a subtle mix of emotions, I use myself as a model. But they aren't really self portraits in the saw way that Cindy Sherman's photographs aren't self portraits, I am just using myself as a channel for this human experience, or role we play. I am a filter for the stories to pass through.

I also added a body to my medusa drawing. I'm still figuring out what else needs to happen to this drawing, but I think one thing might be a need for full color!

Monday, October 10, 2011

A day's work

She's part Athena and part Medusa. They are two characters from mythology who really mean a lot in contrast with each other. Plus Medusa was normal until Athena snaked and gorgonified her. Not sure yet what else is going to go in this picture, but it'll be epic.

A show you should all come see

Remember how much I love art marathons? Well there is a very epic one coming up. Thanks to Julie Torres's amazing organization skills, 15 artists (including the two of us) will be in a gallery paining for 24 hours. We will begin painting on midnight friday October 21 and will stop saturday October 22 at midnight. Then sunday from noon to midnight, there will be a show of all the work made. I seriously cannot wait to meet these other crazy artists and make all this art and just see what happens.

Here is the invite for the show, and if you are anywhere near NYC, please come!

these drawings I've been making

I wanted to think a little about the evolution of these drawings I've been making over the past two weeks and where I am taking them, so I thought I'd put them all together here. 

They have started getting a little less messy, and color is coming in selectively. I have been developing the stories behind them more in the recent ones. The words seem to have vanished from the images, which I am not sure how I feel about yet. Anyhow Perhaps my goal for today's drawing should be to go back a step and make messier less colorful ones just to make sure I'm making these changes on purpose.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

I reworked this drawing today, making the figure lighter, and with less distinct marks. I think the balance is better now, and I am going to wait a day or two before deciding if it is done.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

It was a long and hard fought battle, but after 14 hours, I think this drawing is where it needs to be.  I might put some finishing touches on it later, but for now, I think it is time to go home and go to bed.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Artist Statements

Because I really need to get to work on my artist statement I decided to use my giant drawing of the day as a brainstorm. I also looked a little into the specific questions the schools I am looking into are asking. Oh boy I'm already getting nervous and excited.

As you can see I've still got a ways to go, but I'm working on it. I've been circling in color things I think are especially important. So far, I've got:
Art Marathons
Remove filters
Tap into the Collective Subconscious
Transform experiences
Transform perceptions
Never Never Never Never Stop Making Art
Whimsy & Magic
What it's like to be Here
What it would be like if Here were different
Epic things
Mythology: Still relevant, but with new perspective... re-imaginings.
Love for all that is
Try new mediums
Meet passionate collaborators
Be in a creative community

Star honey

I worked some more on this painting today. I'm still not sure about all the white space, it feels important, but too sudden. I might try mixing a different white or blurring the line between it and the sky.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Persephone whispers her secrets through my bathroom sink. The ants carry them out.

I think I'm going to have to add some pomegranate seeds, and I'm thinking of writing the secrets by the ants, we'll see.

Friday, September 30, 2011


I made two more star keeper paintings. Neither is done yet, but here they are in progress.

I haven't figured out exactly what to do with this one, I might paint him holding a beehive, or add some bigger stars or give him a net full of stars or something.

This one is going to be a giant nebula and jars of star honey.