Last time I participated in Bushwick Open Studios (2020) – I was the only one there. It was an online-only edition of the event, and I recorded a virtual tour. This year, the event is back in real life… but I’m traveling and won’t be there in person. My studio mate Mona Saeed Kamal is holding down the fort by hosting open hours at our studio on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 from 1-6pm.
You’re invited to swing by and check out recent work by both of us (and other artists in the building!) this weekend. Check out the Arts in Bushwick website, or zine below, for a full map and list of participants throughout the neighborhood.
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!
Earlier this week, I posted some small sketches as an end of year studio sale and fundraiser for Bed-Stuy Strong and ISCP and wanted to share a little more about my connection to these two groups.
Bed-Stuy Strong is a neighborhood mutual aid network I have participated in since March thanks to a flyer posted outside a subway station. I’ve been donating, making some deliveries, and, lately, making calls to connect neighbors with groceries thanks to Bed-Stuy Strong’s organizers over the past eight months of the coronavirus crisis. I’m consistently amazed and moved by the love and support of my neighbors in this community.
ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program) is an arts org in Brooklyn which provides residencies for artists and curators from around the world as well as hosting exhibitions and public programs. It’s what brought me to New York in 2016 for a summer internship after finishing my BFA! Since then, I’ve stayed connected through volunteering at events and attending open studio nights.
To keep it simple everything is listed for $30 ($20 donated per sketch). Let me know if you have questions, or click here to read more. My big (!) goal is to raise $300 for each organization by the end of the year, and I’ll continue adding some more sketches to the sale page.