At the end of 2021, I jotted down a few notes on readings from the year – they draw a circle around themes of spirit, the body, art-making – the mystery and complications in how these things hang together:
This year, I indulged in a lot of re-reads. I think it was a combination of comfort-seeking and realizing that my memory was actually kind of hazy on some of the books I tell people are “favorites”.
Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Merton and Agnes Martin: Making Space for the Sacred by Joanna Weber feel like inverses to me. The first is about spirituality, but written in a way that made me think about practicing art – and the second is about art that clears a ground for spirituality. Can art be a devotion made physical?
Nightbitch byRachel Yoder is one of those books I was bound to read: the woman, the artist, the existential angst. (lol) It explored motherhood and artistry and embodiedness in a way that was unexpected and unsettlingly (as in, activated my gag reflex a few times) memorable.
I took Getting to Center by Marlee Grace as a sort of workbook to kick off my year, which is a nice way to engage it.
After seeing Lucille Clifton poems here and there, I finally read a collection of her work – which was so worth the deep dive. The introduction (by Toni Morrison) described her work this way, “for Clifton there’s no split between the body, the spirit, and the intellect: no ideas but in the body.”
As pictured, many of the small works available this year will ship in 8×10″ mats – which makes them easy to display (this is a standard frame size) or gift once you receive.
I am again partnering with ISCP in support of their mission of developing the careers and opportunities for artists and curators from around the world. $10 from each artwork sale ($5 from each postcard bundle) will be directly donated to their work.
Members of my email list have already received a 25% off discount code good through the end of the year; if you’d like to receive this code,subscribe hereand I’ll share it with you as well!
For the third year in a row, one of my artworks was included in the Bemis Center’s annual benefit auction. It’s always a pleasure to see my work in its new home – and what a lovely setting this one ended up in, with a lively green houseplant to keep it company!
This drawing is one of a series of my meditation drawings made about a year ago, in the first autumn of the pandemic – back home to New York, numbers rising again, the uncertainties of winter lying ahead. After time away from my studio, and away from the normal routines of life, I returned with a sense of urgency to these drawings – some in ink, some (like this one) in colored pencil. Looking at them now reminds me of feeling a bit desperate to get marks onto paper. The layered lines remind me of the warp and weft of the weaving made by my grandmother that hangs on the wall of our apartment, and of the way you can obscure a line of text best by writing something else right on top of it.
You can view more of the drawings in this series here, and bring one to your own home – here.
Proprietors is a woman-run, collective shop featuring vintage apparel and handmade goods in Hudson, NY. I’m pleased to share that as their current artist in residence, a curated selection of my recent drawings, paintings, and collages are on display and available for purchase through mid-October. These pieces fit beautifully into such a stylish space – all the way down to coordinating with the wooden floor that is painted pink!
To see a full list of available works, please send an email and I’ll connect you with the Proprietors team. They are also responsive via their Instagram profile. Pieces range from $70 to $900, inclusive of wooden frames shown.
“Layers of Time” opens today at Upstream Gallery, and will remain on view through July 25. Three of my pieces are part of the show, including the drawing pictured here. The exhibition title feels particularly apt, not just to my work, but to the way we’ve been moving through the past year and a half… (What is time?!)
Hastings-on-Hudson is a quick train ride or drive out of the city if you’re in New York and looking for an excursion up the Hudson Valley. I took advantage of my drive up to drop off the artwork by hiking at Blauvelt State Park that afternoon as well; it was refreshing to be surrounded by so much green! Upstream Gallery is an artist-run space; I met a couple of the members and they were very friendly and welcoming.
PaperWorks 2021: Layers of Time July 1–25, 2021 Hours: Thursdays–Sundays, 12:30-5:30pm Upstream Gallery 8 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706