Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Two Donnas

There's a tiny little town just west of Dodgeville. Last census has the total inhabitants at 173. There's really not much to it- sort of the place if you blink, you might drive past it. Lucky for me, I didn't blink as I was driving through on my way to Prairie du Chien. I stumbled upon the most wonderful junk shop- called the Two Donnas. I'm actually not sure if that is really still the name. The wonderland of thrift is now owned by two men from Madison. who periodically open their doors to peddle their curiosities and vintage items.







This shop has a flea market, yard sale vibe. We some super cheap prices to boot. The kind of shop that might be featured in Mary Randolph Carter's book American Junk. Carter's book, is an fantastic survey of year's of collecting. She's been doing the "shabby chic" and "flea market decorating" long before it was mainstream and cool. This is one of my favorite books about collecting.

The Two Donnas are only open every third week of the month. Or on the off occasion, the "guys" feel like trekking 50 minute out of the capital.


No matter, I'll be there next time they open their doors, I had great fun digging through it all, spent $13 and came home with a bounty of "stuff" to make more art with.

Heaven.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Wandering..Prairie Farm

     We discovered a  land preserve not far from our house, that we have started to explore on the weekend when we take the dog out for his run. There is a small creek that runs along the property, lined with low brush. The red-wing black birds sing their familiar songs and remind me of the marshy-wet land spaces we left behind in Vermont.


     The colors here are so different though- the spring slowly awaking, not yet green. So, now the raw umber contrasts against the clear blue sky. But as the clouds move  overhead the light can shift rather quickly. 




     
 The monochromatic, dry vegetation inspiring and lovely, I am left thinking about how the sound of the wind in the grass reminds me of the ocean. There is a calmness that comes over me. I need that replenishing force of nature.It leads me to think about a book I read in my final semester at VCFA, Wanderlust, A history of walking, by Rebecca Solnit.   There is a lot to be learned from the land.




Monday, April 13, 2015

the light here

the light here - has a certain quality at the end of the day- when the sun is going down. maybe it is the way it stretches out over the horizon. even a drive home from shopping can be magical.





Friday, April 10, 2015

Something left behind







Over a year ago- I put this old chair in the back woods of our house in Williston. I wanted to see what time and nature would do. The elements slowly took the color down from vibrant red to this dusty rose. The grass that grew up high around it, pulled down by the snow.  Temporality.  Nothing lasts forever. Alas, this installation went the way of the dumpster when we rented our house in March. 


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Settling in

I can't believe the weather here in Wisconsin this week. The temperatures have gone from 17 degrees 10 days ago, to a balmy 65 degrees today. I've swept the front porch, opened the windows and have been basking in the warm sunlight drinking my morning coffee. 

As I still here, dog at my feet, listening to the birds, the wind and the occasional passerby.  I am thinking about what it means to be here. As in here in Wisconsin. Little by little the boxes have been unpacked. Our home in Vermont rented, our new lives in the Midwest starting to take root.  

Getting back into the studio after the whirlwind of graduating from VCFA and moving has been challenging, to say the least. There are still plenty of boxes that need to be unpacked. Lots of materials that need to be purged. Things that need to find their right space. My new studio is up on the 3rd floor of this old 4-square we've made home. I'm not crazy about the old paneling, but the finished attic looks out on the neighborhood and offers a quiet place to be by myself and work on my art. 

Opening boxes and shifting through all "the Stuff" has definitely been inspiring. I've finished a few new pieces and mended a few that were damaged in the move. There's new work on the table. My old style mixed with a new sensibility informed by 2 1/2 years of grad school. This is something I just cannot escape-the resonance of crits and reviews by my peers and faculty. The endless defense of the work you make and the "why's" associate with it. It took a long time for me to open a jar of gel medium and start working on assemblage again.  





Finally, I feel like I am getting my mojo back. It's not as if it really left me. More like it was taking a long nap. Winter finally breaking into Spring, has opened a mental door for me. I am excited about the months to come. 

So, readers, if you will allow me, I am back to provide you further musings on Art, Life and Making. I hope you have been well. It feels like it has been an eternity.  I know it sounds cliche, but a new chapter has started. 2015 is going to be a fantastic year! 


Monday, May 19, 2014

Moving

23 years. That's a long time. We, my husband Jim and I moved to Vermont in 1991. We left the hustle and bustle of New York for a life that was less hectic and a space that was less congested.  Now it seems we are going forward into a adventure and moving to Madison, Wisconsin.

I was recently offered a really wonderful job with a highly respected and outstanding apparel manufacture who is based out of Dodgeville, WI. Dodgeville is about 45 minutes west of Madison. It's a rural farming community with about 2,000 residents if you don't count the employees of Lands' End who make the commute into town on a daily basis. We will end up living somewhere in between. The moving trucks come in August and although that feels like it is at the very end of our (albeit short) summer I know it will be here quicker than I can imagine.

So now everyday involves so cleaning, organizing and de-stashing. We are having a huge yard sale this weekend. And I have decided to open up my studio and have a special moving sale.  I'll be selling many of my earlier works at a discount to move them out so I don't have to pack them. There will be collage, assemblages and prints. I will also be getting rid of a ton of rusty things, ephemera, old picture frames, what ever you need to make your own assemblages. I am not sure how big my studio will be in our new place, so I need to par down as much as possible.

Jack and I concurred the garage yesterday and one of the the garden sheds the week before. Making my lists and sticking to it as close as I can.

If you are in the Burlington area, don't be a stranger, come on by and say hi! (or good-bye, I suppose, as it shall be.) There will be lots of bargains and goodies out there on the lawn....


877 Old Creamery Rd
Williston, VT 05495

Friday, May 23rd: 9am to 3 pm
Saturday May 24th: 9 am to 4 pm


Feels good to let go of all these things. And give them to homes that will love them as much as I have.

Be well friends.  I'll post more later this week. There's so much going on for me right now and I do want to share it with you.

Monday, May 12, 2014

NEW Upcoming Classes - June 21-22 2014- at DAVIS STUDIOS- Burlington VT

I am thrilled to announce that I will be teaching at Davis Studio this summer. Two FULL day workshops. Back to Back. 

It's a mixed media weekend extravaganza!

DAY 1-
Saturday June 21 2014
9 AM- 3PM

SOUL HOUSES

The symbolism linked to birds goes back to the ancient world, where birds were considered to be a supernatural connection between the gods and men. In many Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, birds can represent immortality. In East Indian and Christian mythologies birds represent the soul. These soul houses are a safe haven for your hopes and dreams. This class will introduce you to the art of assemblage as you learn to construct basic house forms that have relevance and meaning in your own world. You will learn the basics of assemblage construction as well as plot a creative journey through storytelling, personal myth and metaphor. You will take away power new ideas about process and art making.

Supply list provided upon registration – don't worry!

Clean out your junk drawer and/or gather up the bits and pieces that you have been collecting with the thought of doing something with it. This is the something you have been waiting for.

$110 ($200 for Altered Book & Soul Houses)
Register at the DAVIS STUDIO website
























DAY 2
SUNDAY June 22 2014
9 AM-3PM

Books Unbound: 

An Altered Book Workshop

$110 ($200 for Altered Book & Soul Houses)

Register at the DAVIS STUDIO website
This workshop will have you gluing, cutting, painting and tearing up old books to create 3 dimensional works of art. We will break all rules set into place by librarians and school teachers who told you books were meant to be kept on shelves. This class will offer you a space freely develop your own personal narrative with found objects; transforming ordinary pages of text into something mythical and profound, using something as simple as an old book as your base. We will bravely enter into creative new territories in this process oriented class.

SAVE $20 when you register for both -

Classes will be held at 
Davis Studio 
4 Howard Street, 
Burlington, VT


Davis Studio for more information:  
802-425-2700
or 
email : info@davisstudiovt.com




Don't delay. Class size is limited. This is the only time I will be teaching these classes in 2014.


Hope to see you in the classroom!