The stereotype of bookish people being homebodies always seemed true, except that after a year with nearly 10 months worth of home-bodying what really strikes me when typing this list are the visceral memories I have of the places (not at home) that I read the first seven or so books of 2020: Now, Now, Louison at The Commons Chelsea – drinking a latte from a mug, indoors in a tiny cafe around the corner from work on a break. How Should a Person Be? in a mostly-empty afternoon pub on a day I got off early after working an event late early in the week, where I stopped for lunch on the way to my studio. The food was bad but the bartender was nice. Say Nothing sitting or standing in the subway, drawing me in so much that I hardly noticed packed and noisy train cars on my commute.
Little Woman was a book I read (and loved) multiple times in elementary school but hadn’t read since. Like many others, I re-visited it in advance of Greta Gerwig’s film retelling which I then went to see/cry through by myself in a movie theater at a matinee showing, which was the last time I was in a movie theater at this point. (Little Women bonus content: this podcast episode, and this one built around theseessays)
In the peak of early spring anxiety and non-stop sirens outside, I turned to poetry when my attention span couldn’t handle more than a line at a time – Mary Oliver, paying attention as liturgy – and novels or memoirs written staccato-like with short chapters or shorter paragraphs that kept things moving briskly along (Dept. of Speculation, Ongoingness). Scriptorium was my favorite poetry collection I read this year.
I was a little nervous about recording my studio tour for Bushwick Open Studios a couple weeks ago, but ended up really enjoying myself! Keeping the camera facing the artwork allowed me to simply focus on discussing what I was seeing, as if I was walking a friend through the studio. (In fact, I sort of was – friends and family were able to tune in virtually who do not live in NYC and wouldn’t have been able to attend an in-person event.)
This studio tour touches upon several key elements of my creative practice for the past year or so: intuitive composition, focus on repeated and overlapping patterns, and daily writing practice. This conversational way of moving through the studio felt helpful because it allowed me to point out connections between different processes as they arose: similar composition processes for paintings and drawings even though they look very different, looping line drawings which mirror cursive handwriting, etc.
The video tour, saved below, runs about eight minutes in length. I hope you enjoy!
My painting Untitled (Abstraction 5 of 7) is included in “Wild Lands”, curated by Gina Tuzzi. She writes, “Finding our place in the balance is one hell of a dance.” This online exhibition will be live through December 6, 2020.
For the second year in a row, I’m happy to have a piece in benefit art exhibition for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. My painting Return is included in this auction (with online bidding this year) from October 24-30. Proceeds support participating artists (like me!) as well as the Bemis Center’s programs.
You can view the exhibition / auction on the Bemis Center website. > bemiscenter.org/benefit (for direct link to my piece, click on the painting below. currently available at the “buy it now” price until bidding begins on the 24th.)
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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.
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.]