Friday, November 5, 2010

November already?

A print I did for class based on a photograph of Albert and myself. My teacher wants me to continue doing prints based off of interactions between people, and thinks that I am able to show the relationship between two people well. I will probably continue to work with photographs, but I also have some side projects I want to do.
This is a painting I did for my drawing class (I know right? we can pretty much do what ever we want in that class....). It is based off of a series of sketches, and I altered the image quite a bit before it got to this point. The painting is done in acrylic on canvas and is 20" x 31".

Sunday, October 24, 2010

bit by bit

This is Bert and Ernie. My two favorite turtles EVER. Why? Because they are my babies, waiting for me back home in Brooklyn. They so inspire me that I have made this print in Basic Relief print class, using the technique of adding colored paper to the print.
More art to come! I have been quite the busy bee. Now back to listening to my Marilyn Manson in peace...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Back to school!

So, I guess I forgot about the blog for a while, but I didn't stop making art! And now that I'm back in school, there will be even more to show for my time here. I guess I better catch up from where I left off! I have been making a lot of jewelry, and will hopefully have a link leading you to my etsy page in order to sell my jewelry very soon!
This piece is made from glass beads, wire, and chain, and has heart and moon pendents in the middle.
This piece was done in my studio drawing class. I am focusing on different animals and elements of nature, and what they mean to me as symbols in order to create images with symbolic meaning. It is done on newsprint, in pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and maker.

This piece, also from my drawing class, is done on drawing paper in colored pencil, pen, maker, charcoal, and sharpie. the rune symbols mean "cosmic self"

This third image is done on drawing paper in pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, pen, sharpie, and marker. The runes in this one mean "accept your roots".

Soon to come are the pieces I have been laboring over in print making!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Workaholic, Me.

I have managed to completely clog up my schedule between working four days at Shark Crafts and two days at the Cupcake, spending time with Albert, and caring for my new turtles Bert and Ernie. Not so much time for art as I had hoped. But today I decided to begin a 30 day drawing challenge. Hopefully that will keep me on my toes. And, of coarse, there is a bit of room each day in life for "random acts of art", whether it be sketching/ writing in my notebook, witnessing peculiar happenstances in nature/ in the city, or getting something done, whatever it may be. I try to give myself "projects" at least, whether mental or physical, in order to feel I am staying true to myself in terms of my goals for this summer as well as life in general.
Well, enough boring talk.

Here are a few things I have yet to get done:
- Buy screen printing supplies
- Pimp my new plain black zipper hoody
- Sell my artwork/ jewelry

As for the drawing challenge, here are the results of day one: draw myself. I know, it is actually kind of terrible. Actually. But at least I'm not cheating. I never was very good at on-the-spot portraits, perhaps that is another thing I should work on this summer.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


So, it's been a bit longer than I thought I would take...

But I have been doing much jewelry and art making in preparation and in hopes of finding a way to sell it, most likely a flea market.

On another note, took the day to go to the Brooklyn Museum of Art. They really change that place around! Saw a lot of new stuff.

One hot lookin pistol from Turkey...

I felt like I was inside my 20th Century European Art History textbook ... This one is by Michael Angelo Pistoleto from the Italian Arte Povera Movement.

Always a joy to see a Kahindy Whiley Painting...

but on another subject,

OK - now it is mini rant time.... Debate: Reflective GlassThis is a Francis Bacon painting. He purposely used reflective glass in most of his paintings, in order to have the viewer placed inside the painting along with the figure shown. That being said, it makes for crap photo conditions when some one like me is like "YAY a Francis Bacon - shit I only see myself in the picture...". But really, the purpose of reflective glass for him only served to make the viewer's in-person experience more meaningful and intense. So I still say, YAY Francis Bacon!
On the other hand - the Brooklyn Museum of Art has a selection of European paintings on display in a large room on the 3rd floor, all clumped together in no particular order. This is incredibly poor curation on their part, and it kinda makes me die a little on the inside. The painting I use as an example here is actually quite nice in person - it is called "Golgotha" by Franz Von Stuck. Not only does the Reflective glass ruin picture quality in this case, but it is less pleasing to the viewer up close. The painting is meant to be dark and melancholy, but you can barely see past your own reflection in order to make out the slight differences in color and other things that make this passionate painting work.
I have a sneaking suspicion that much of the paintings in this wing had their frames made much later than the paintings themselves where created, quite possibly a second rate effort by the families the paintings where passed down to in hopes of merely preserving the painting from the passing of time. In this case I strongly suggest the museum take the time and effort to reframe these incredible works of art, and perhaps even re-think the way they are shown to the public! Just because they are not the MET does not mean they have to be a second-rate-museum

Thursday, May 6, 2010

How I be, how I do...

3 paintings I did, acrylic on paper, done while listening to Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah:
Meeee! haha

And, more seriouser,

2 Lemons, acrylic on wood 7" x 8.5"

Feets! Acrylic on wood 7" x 8.5"

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Matisse and I

Paintings I did for CORE based off of Matisse paintings currently on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. All are acrylic on wood.
8" x 7.5"
12" x 12", has carved patterns and layered dried paint
4" x 4.5", has attatched shelf with small piece of plaster for a friend :)
8" x 10", carved patterns and layered dried paint.
Matisse's "Portrait of Yvonne Landsberg"
Matisse's "French window". Painting based on this one in previous post.
Matisse's "Portrait of an Italian Woman"

I have been loving doing work inspired by Matisse, while at the same time exploring new painting methods and ways of incorporating the actual physical canvas into the painting, and building off of it. And, working on wood is so wonderful, that I may very well never go back to canvas again.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sure I talk the talk...

ARTBASH 2010 at SAIC: A selection from the multitude of freshman works - the awesome and the not so awesome.
"Movement Exercise: Reconstruction of Pornographic Gesture" by Courtney Mackedanz. Knowing her as a kinda - shy - and - really - smart person who is in my poetry class, I was really proud of her for doing this piece which she executed so gracefully. People who didn't see the taped off barrier that showed where her performance was, and walked all over it, really ticked me off. It showed that they weren't taking the time to really watch what she was doing, which was actually really important. Definitely one of the most well - thought - out and original pieces that was performed that night.
"Come Stay For a While" by Chottip Nimla-Or and "A Japanese Proverb" by Kevin Suzuki. I was so tempted to walk up and eat one of the treats she had on display, and probably could have after the performances were done and being taken down. Every single prop that wasn't edible was hand made, and I'm pretty sure her costume was too. I only wish she had a little microphone, or that she had projected more, because as she was moving about the space she would repeat "Thank you, thank you" which was a big part of the performance itself. The japanese proverb guy I'm still trying to figure out. I will describe it and maybe you can enlighten me. I admit it was hilarious though. He wore a red dress shirt and black pin-striped suit, with two circles cut out in the back of the pants to reveal his ass. He walked around the space, chin held high, bumping into people and walls. Once he got to one point in the room, he would stop, throw off his shoes, and run screaming across the length of the show room. Any thoughts as to what proverb he is illustrating? Well, anyway...
"Patvir Gaay (sacred cow)" by Sajji Diana Lazarus. Another girl with lots of guts. Dressed in traditional Indian clothing, she had someone walk her around the room with a rope and cow bell tied around her neck and a tray of appetizers strapped to her back. People were welcomed to take and eat these pieces of meat with toothpicks, and as she walked the cowbell signaled she was near.
"The Debut" by Sydnee Stratman. This girl must have consumed atleast 20 cupcakes in the 40 minute span of her performance. Yikes. As she ate and chugged down glasses of what was probably sparkling apple juice, she wept over the company that had neglected her and never showed up for the dinner date. She was great, however, her serving man was not as able to stay in character, and therefore the performance lost some of its magic. It wasn't entirely his fault though, because at one point one of the planners for the show came up and started talking to the serving man about something unrelated, obviously not part of the act. But anyway, great set up, and I can only imagine how sick she felt after the act.
The end of "Pillow Fight" by Giovanna Pizzoferrato. Before this picture was taken, one by one the members involved lined up holding pillows and facing each other in pairs. At exactly 7:40, I don't know who of them was keeping track, but all of a sudden the pillow fight began, feathers flying through the air, until one person lay left on the ground, the others ganging up on her, then dropping their pillows and walking away. I had a sneezing fit at the end, when all the dust and dander from the pillows was still lingering in the air. However, I thoroughly enjoyed and caught it on camera.

"Untitled" by Seth Garlock. Hand made with sequins attached. Wonderfully put together with a lot of time and effort spent on it. And yet, it was deemed "untitled". Surely he realized that regardless of title people would attach all sorts of associations and names to it. I could think of 5 at the top of my head from the first time I saw it. Therefore I hereby name this piece "Famed Insanity". If you come up with another title please comment.
"Earth, Body, Dwelling" by Lesley Jackson. Very cute and interesting to look at. Probably my favorite piece in the whole show. If she's selling, I wanna buy. Each tooth is made out of dirt, but I have no idea how she put them together or displayed them that way. Really makes you look closer and wonder what the inspiration for this piece was.
"Re-Upholstery" by Tim Mann. This thing was intense, and had a great presence. It stood up all on its own, and the only thing used was packing tape. I mean, it looks like he wrapped the tape around the chair, but then, how did you get it off of said chair, and then put it back together? I was stumped. But I like that.
"Imprinting" by Carson Hoerz. Image transferring is an awesome thing I have yet to try for myself. I am very impressed by people who do it well. Not to mention, those are plaster casts of Starbucks cups, which means they look almost exactly like the real thing, except they are extremely heavy. It really says something about how Starbucks, or just coffee in general, impacts the lives of people that drink it.

So, that was just a taste of some of the work that was on display at ARTBASH, and if you are currently in Chicago, it is definitely something to come check out and judge for yourself!

I also walk the walk...

"Spoon River" - Named for a song I am obsessed with - Acrylic on Canvas, 14" x 11". Originally it was one of those paintings I make when I am goofing off at 2 in the morning because I can't sleep, but as I continued to work on it I realized I should give it to a friend of mine, Allison, who I have been telling I owe a painting for a while now. May need a bit of work, but it's at a stage where I am afraid to touch it because I don't want to mess it up. To me, internally, that tells me I am done.
"Reflecting God" - Just made that title up on the spot, since to me it is a spiritually inspiring object, as well as it reminds me of a Marilyn Manson song by the same name. Acrylic on Wood, 6" x 10". My favorite out of a set of three I made for a Core class project inspired by Matisse, and I know I should only be posting independent work (as I inscribed as a rule for this blog), but it is a definite portfolio piece and I'm proud of it, plus we were given really loose guidelines for the project so I had total freedom. You gotta check it out in person to really get the full effect.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Lots and lots of Marilyn Manson...and a little rambling...hey just warning you.

"Antichrist Superstar" - can't really see the antichrist part, oops. Combination collage and drawing.
"Golden Age of Grotesque" - Mixed media with images, paint, and sharpie.
"Pretty as a ($)" - Marilyn Manson song off of the High end of Low. Marker.

"Spade" - Marilyn Manson song off of Golden Age of Grotesque - Collage and sharpie. I know, the bottom A's are supposed to be upside-down. Again, oops. But happy accidents. I like them.

So, if I may suddenly jump to a new topic - in Art History today we learned about the English pop artists as well as the Situationist International. Two very different movements going on at the same time in Europe. The English pop artists were poking fun at America's consumer culture and wealth/excess in a humorous way, while at the same time aspiring to be like us, because, well, all they had on their plate over there in England was SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM. The Situationists, however, believed that the world was becoming so numb by consumer culture and mass media that they desired to "create" genuine experiences for the public viewing their art. Most of these "experiences" they "created" were manipulating large crowds of people into inciting riots in the street that destroyed property and got people killed (by police and such trying to control the crowd which would not have even happened if the situationists had just kept their mouth shut and minded their own business). Somehow, they got to America and started inciting these riots on our turf. Amazingly (not really) these riots were of little purpose politically or otherwise, and didn't receive a very significant place in art history (yay). So basically, the English inspired us to consider our material flaws through the use of humor, while the situationists created "experiences" of violence and in the end achieved in proving absolutely NOTHING. They were worse than the hippies, I mean, at least the hippies didn't believe in violence and just sat around sedated all day (but still achieved nothing). But the situtionists were like "Hey! I know what will get people's attention! Lets get people killed and call it art!" So, I think we all see the moral in this story, there is little need to reiterate, you have been a great audience for putting up with my rant, thank you for your time.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Art art art art art

This is a portrait I painted of myself after a long, depressing, weird day at school. mind you, I don't smoke any more. Promise.

Recently two of my classes have been coinciding, since I am studying 20th century european art history, and my Research Studio class is going over modernism. Today a painting came up in Research that we learned about in 20th C Euro, which was Malevich's Suprematist composition of an aeroplane flying. I am not so fond of abstract art, but I quite like this composition because despite the title, it actually looks like an old lady carrying grocery bags. Am I wrong? Take a look. More later, have to get back to class.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Gettin' Crackin'

Took a print that I made in Print media class, and incorporated it into a mixed media piece which uses Note paper and pencil (and the lyrics to two Marilyn Manson songs), Acrylic paint, Sharpie, Print ink and News Print paper, and Origami paper.

The center reads
"Think what you want
You're not worth my time
Pick up a conversation with me
If you want to know my mind

I reach out
You don't want to take my hand
Do what you feel
Make it more than just a one-night

So much left unsaid
Until you do, my words
Will start to Echo in my head"

(Words all by yours truly)
This is also a mixed media piece, using Water color, Acrylic, Ink, Origami paper, Stamps, and a gum wrapper.

Both pieces are 9" x 12" and done on Bristol.

Friday, February 5, 2010


me and Albert
my sister Rosie, my friend Allison, and I, posing under a roof some one carved "manfest 08" into.
Marilyn Manson
A sketch taken from a photograph based on a film I made entitled "the Date", featuring my sister and our friend Kendra.

Yummy imaginary burger and silly monkeys out of their barrel.