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Showing posts from March, 2013

Yellow Renaissance

finding beauty new forms new shapes new life from the discarded, from the unwanted from the used

life is art

many thanks for  visiting my blog

Black Moon Series

Handmade pulp and paper from salvaged magazines, junk mail, and paper bags.
String was embedded into the pulp and then attached to hand painted cardboard.

From Studio to Museum

Opening Night  Baltimore Salvage Art Exhibition at the Public Works Museum It was wonderful being surrounded by so many inspiring art pieces. All made from recycled materials!

This is a YouTube video of some  of the artists, especially drums that light up when played, by Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack 

And when the show was over I went back to my studio and worked.

Carving Images

Back in the studio  carving the images for Monster Series I like sketching images in my notebook before making an outline on the  linoleum block. For me, the process is very organic  and my final carving doesn't exactly look like my sketch. Marke Kirschen aka "the two cherries"  carving tools are great.  They are easy to hold and fit perfectly in my palm.


Experimenting with different  ways to embed  string into handmade papers for my new series Monsters.
Baltimore has great water for  making paper and I don't have to do much on that end.    Neutral pH level!

I have been separating the initial salvaged papers in recycle bins and playing around with combining the really high end papers with samples of  glossy, highly processed ones.
Overall, I love the quality of the papers. However, as a printmaker I have always used England's Somerset France's Arches China's Red Star Xuan papers Japan's Kitakata (love it for book binding) which makes me want to really test the papers I have been making.  I have inquired about working with a local chemist/scientist. 


before Photoshop  all my manipulations  were done by hand in the darkroom under a dim red light today when I was  making handmade paper and manipulating the textures with hand carved molds I was reminded of the  experiments I performed  in the darkroom with C-41 & E-6 films and fiber papers
some of the handmade papers feel like skin and are as soft and durable as suede
I am looking forward to  posting these experiments   in the upcoming weeks

United States Art in Embassies

Livre d' artiste & Department of State Art in Embassies Program I love book arts because the tactile nature of  handmade books invokes  exploration and interaction  by inviting the  viewer to turn each page and explore the images, textures, and words of a  visually narrative world orchestrated by the life of an artist. 
When I was selected for the program one of the first questions the curators had was, Can they be touched? Absolutely, was my response. I  wanted my books to be read, the pages touched,  and viewed in the palm of the reader's hand.
I created sturdy, durable matching clamshell boxes to house the books and  allow personal handling  without gloves.  I also began to create more durable covers to allow for  natural wear and tear.  
I experimented with several different gel mediums as textures before working with thick modeling paste.
Modeling paste was the most  flexible and allowed for    the types of sculptural effects I wanted to achieve. With Invisible, I used iconic silho…

22nd hour

45 dollar a night hotel on the corner next to Hell
a fee she can't afford with her monthly award
22nd hour of her life entangled in discord and strife
running from herself


Remembering a Journalist

Internal sonic booms

A dim light bulb hangs from above, illuminating a tiny space for Truth
False pressure waves

No time to glance out
the peephole
One last thought before waves of compressed air hit her, knocking her into silence
Truth is dead
handmade accordion book with  silver leaf cover and matching  clamshell box with custom protective pouch


on the metro she met him on the metro she left him

Education through Art

Working as a visiting artist to a few  New York City high schools I like to create projects that combine current events and art.
One project students loved was the Map Project.  I asked each student where she or he came  from and to find a map of their hometown.
This led to very interesting conversations because, surprisingly, half the students were not from New York.   And, some were from other continents.  
Two students were from Michigan, and knew people who lost homes from the horrific tornados. One student was from Japan and discussed the  Tsunami.  Students from Asia and Africa discussed recent events in their countries.
But enough of my thoughts,  here is what they had to say about  the experience:
"As you look at the installation, you will notice references to the destruction and turmoil in our country over the course of the last year, but you will also have the sensation of connecting the dots to a future time and place. Her work incorporates found materials and material…

Lady of Letters, Part III

The Russian word Life was  printed on many of the  postcards that I mailed.
I really like working with  lithographs and silkscreens, however with this project, I didn't have a lot of space or time for those processes.
With linoleum and wood, I can take the little blocks everywhere, cut anywhere, and print anytime.
I  began the text by writing the
mirror images of  Russian and German words on the linoleum block.
I removed all of the background, leaving only the lettering. sc

Boreas blows

looking through the telescope this is what I see: who will make it shouts old Boreas as he blows studio doors open revealing the souls of penniless artists to hungry Universe
Eurynome, disguised as  eternal Spring, dances to heavy drum beats crushing weak hearts beneath her green stilettoed feet
Hesiod steps aside, letting artists write new endings to ancient tales 
creation begins sc

Baltimore Public Works Museum

Recycled Art
Background Salvage: A Waste of Materials, A Wealth of Art, headed by the Bureau of Solid Waste’s Office of Recycling is a recycled art show featuring various mediums of art from established and arising local artists. Salvage will be presented as part of the Drive to 35: Baltimore’s Race to Reach a 35% Recycling Rate campaign. Venue Baltimore Public Works Museum  751 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21202 Dates Opening Night 
March 22, 2013 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Exhibit Run
March 23 – May 18, 2013  Artist Contribution/Submission   Local and regional artists have created 2D and 3D artworks made out of curbside recycling materials like plastic bottles, glass and cardboard.  The following is a full list of artists participating in the show.  Amanda Nelson
Brian Baker
Diana L. Spencer      
Donald Edwards
Emily C-D
Erika Kim Milenkovic
Heather Joi
Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack
Katie Chen
Laure Drogoul
Patrick Craig
Shahrzad Taavoni
Stephen Towns
Suzanne Coley
Sylvia Park
Winston H…

Paper Pulp Love, Cycle I

in search of beauty  collected bags of discarded memories in yellow, blue, and black on white
i reach into your center to feel the hands that touched you before me
from where do you come?
what eyes have read your words?
how many hands have unwrapped you?
to know your history 
is to understand your essence
i must deconstruct you 
to a pulp

Lady of Letters, Part II

I had an idea to mail
 handmade postcards   through the  U.S. Postal Service,
but fear prevented me from
doing it for years.
I was afraid to send such delicate, beautiful, handprinted (some with real 22K gold)  without envelopes through the mail.
What if the recipients never received them? What if the cards were damaged along the way? What if they were lost? What if the recipients threw them in the trash?
 In the autumn of 2012, I read how real babies (yes, infants and toddlers) were sent through the United States Postal Service in the early 1900's.

Lady of Letters, Part I

as a child I loved writing letters  and I was sure I'd be a Lady of letters
computers, Internet, and modern technology  made me re-think how  I could send handwritten  correspondence through the mail.
I decided to create  high quality  handprinted postcards

from Aug - Dec 2012 I created over two hundred handprinted postcards
and I began mailing them.

Kaleidoscope Dreams

kaleidoscope dreams cascading down Niagara Falls taking me to Lake Victoria memories of my Ob' flowing into the Arctic sc