Last week, I answered these questions for an instagram feature curated by artist and teacher Veronica Aranda.
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What is your artistic practice?
I am a visual artist who makes paintings and drawings, and enjoys playing around in other mediums when given the opportunity. I have been keeping journals and sketchbooks since I was a child, and consider daily writing or sketching to be a crucial part of my practice. My work uses observation of patterns as a framework for considering attention, embodiment, and communion.
What is art for you?
Art is learning to see more clearly, and responding in a generative way. I think about “learning to see” in the senses of honing my skills of observation, growing in the ability to remain connected to the present moment, and of paying attention to reality in the world and in myself, even (particularly!) when it’s difficult. For me, this is a spiritual practice.
What/Who/Where inspires or motivates you for your artistic practice?
This week, I’ve found inspiration in: cherry tomatoes ripening in our container garden, the book “Enduring Lives: Portraits of Women and Faith in Action” by Carol Lee Flinders, colleagues across the museum field who continue to call leaders to account for institutional racism and unfair labor practices, writings on pregnancy by Amy Bornman and Caitlin Metz, and conversations with a dear friend about the false divide between art and craft.
Two of my meditation drawings are included in Deep Blue See, an exhibition curated by Krista Scenna of Ground Floor Gallery in Park Slope, Brooklyn in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse America to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month during the month of April. [edit to update: show has been extended through June 1, 2020] I appreciate the gallery pointing out how work toward preventing child abuse is more important than ever at a time when people are staying home — home is not safe for everyone.
10% of sales from this exhibition will directly benefit Prevent Child Abuse America.
You can view the exhibition on Artsy:
An oil painting from all the way back in 2014 is included in the Spring Flash Showroom by the Equity Gallery in lower Manhattan. It takes imagery from the architecture along the canal that runs through downtown Indianapolis, IN during my time studying painting at the Herron School of Art + Design.
This online sale runs for one week from April 10 – 17th. [edit to update: show has been extended through April 30, 2020.]
You can view the exhibition on the NYAE website, or Artsy.
Some details from a recently commissioned diptych:
+ a work in progress view on instagram
Perfect in Weakness, diptych, 36×24″, ink on paper/acrylic on paper, 2019
While working on the painting portion of this piece, I considered the way that small pieces (of the composition, of life) can feel out of place or broken, especially when observed from a place that is close-up and contained. With a more spacious point of view, there can be a perfection in observing the way things fit together that wasn’t previously apparent.
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