Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fashion Fair April 26th

Save this date!

Fashion Fair at Arterie Fine Arts, Saturday April 26th from 8 am - 3 pm. Come check out my jewelry and accessories, along with other artists and their wares! If you live near Naperville, IL, or are able to make the trip from Chicago, I guarantee it will be worth it. There will also be a farmer's market happening nearby.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

My Etsy Shop: JewelrybyTanzen

Guess what?! My Etsy shop is back up. I have gotten a few comments from people outside of Chicago wanting to know how they can purchase my jewelry ... now it's super easy! There are only a few items up right now, but that number will increase very shortly. I am thinking of adding an option for earrings where instead of ordering a specific pair, you only choose the type of wire and the color scheme of the beads, and then I take it from there! It will be priced very reasonably, and a fun surprise to receive in the mail.
Pieces like the ones featured below (and more) will be available soon! I also take custom orders. If you would like me to make you an item of jewelry to your own specifications, don't hesitate to ask! You can email me at, contact me through etsy, or message me from my facebook page at Tanzen Lilly Jewelry and Fine Art. Just include the type of item(s), material and color scheme preferences, and a price range!

I'm also interested in any opportunities to show my work at events and giftshops. If you have any related information that you would like to share with me, please contact me! And please help increase the traffic on my etsy page by sharing it with friends on facebook or even via email. Just send them the link above this post, or 'like' one of the items on my etsy page and 'share' through facebook. I even have this cool new function right here on this blog that advertises the posts on my etsy page! Just click on one of the thumbnails to the right of your screen.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Selected Works and Artists from Spring 2014 BFA Show at SAIC

I was very impressed with this semester's BFA show at SAIC (Spring 2014). I was already familiar with many of the artists and their work, but each person had something fresh and new to display. I also discovered many new faces and incredible talents. If I showed you everyone's work (there were 286 individuals in the show), we would be here all day. SoI have narrowed it down to the must - sees and my favorites! Here they are:

Christie Carlson

"Fallacy" (I and II), 2014. Velvet, silk, and thread. Her most recent works like this series are not featured on the website provided, however she has stayed true to her clean, simple aesthetic.

Melissa Chen

Fantastical works in a variety of mediums. She managed to include five pieces in her display:

"Bat Shoe" and "Dragon Scale Shoe" Etchings, 2013

"The Nebula" Oil painting, 2013

"The Ivan Nebula" Oil painting, 2013

"The Elephant in the Room" Bronze sculptures, 2013

Jory Drew

"Caryatid on Black Box", print on cardboard with found objects, 2014

Oakley Gregory

Sculptures made using assorted bullet casings. (Front and back view of installation)
Very creatively designed, and well-made. His display reminded me of the aesthetic of some works at the National Veterans Art Museum.

Christopher Maves

"Chicago, 17:57"

Chris displayed this image along with two others.
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Installation view of "Chicago, 16:00", "Chicago, 17:57", "Chicago, 13:01" (Left to right)
His work captures the unseen movement and reflections that buildings capture, while we go about our busy lives not bothering to look up and around at our surroundings.

'In Search of the Real Thing' Group Show:

Helmut Hammen

"Untitled" (Rendered image with news clippings #1), 2014. 

"Untitled" (rendered image with news clippings #2), 2014

Davud (Won) Heo

"Guidance", 2014, copper etching

"Realization", 2014, copper etching
David's work deals with his identity as an American and his Korean ancestry, among other things. His etchings have a folky, story-telling aesthetic that causes viewers to relate the work to their own childhood.

Tiffany Suh

Still image from her video installation "Portrait of Picasso". (Image source
The installation consisted of an old display case from the Art Institute of Chicago that used to house a work by Picasso, and a projection onto that case of a looped video. I was unable to capture a photo that did the work justice.

'Mother Mortar' Group Show:

Daniel Davidowitz

"And I Promised Him I Would Not be Afraid" Copper Etching.
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Eric Saudi

Artist posing with work.
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Nancy Sayavong

"Dream Boat" 2014 installation views. 
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The two other artists in this group show, Hye Shin Chun and Fuko Ito, did not provide websites. Here are their installations in the group show:

"Endless Ellipses", Fuko Ito. Mezzotint, 2014

"Untitled", Hye Shin Chun. Oil painting, 2014

As a whole, this group show worked very well in showing a cohesive aesthetic. Rustic, organic, and nostalgic.

Visual Communication / Design: 

Christopher Givens

"Potential Sans" Installation (Take-away). I took a forward slash.
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Cassaundra White

Her "Dead Lead Echoe" Installation included a stack of old letterpress characters and an editioned take-away page. I grabbed number 64 of 1500.

Sky White

"Cosmic Potentials" 2014. Building set made with laser-cut wood
Had fun interacting with these building sets, and watching others in their own amusement.

The Spring 2014 Undergraduate Exhibition at Sullivan Galleries on State Street is open until April 2nd. If you have not been able to come out and see it yet, I suggest you do! This coming weekend may be your last chance. I have gone to see the exhibit three times now. It is a very large show, and I have actually managed to spend some time with every piece. Congratulations to every one in the show! This semester's exhibition is definitely something special.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Artist Statement

Here is my most recent artist statement. It covers the paintings I have created over the past two years, as well as those that I plan to make in the near future.

I am haunted by my dreams and memories; they are ever-present in my work. Working from these past experiences I translate objects and people into simplified forms, colors, and lines. As my paintings transform into a finished piece colors change and objects shift. I create a visual language that provokes emotions and promotes automatic associations between my work and the viewer’s subconscious. The resulting image, like my memory, is a distortion of the truth. This stitching together of emotions, dream language and reality is represented physically in the way that the surface is constructed. I often cut, tear, and sew on the canvas, or combine it with other fabrics in order to create a uniquely textured surface. A surface that begs to be touched, as if by reaching out, you would find yourself in another place.

Father, 2013

20, 2013

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ayn Rand / The Fountainhead : Dominique's Song

Quite a few of my projects / works of art have been inspired by The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. The relationship between Howard Roark and Dominique Francon, Howard's struggle to build innovative structures that change the face of the world, Dominique's commitment to love and beauty - these are all things that I took away with me after reading the book.
For a while, I have had the idea to write a song through the eyes of Dominique that expresses the extent of her relationship with Howard. Though the lyrics I have written so far are not quite finished, I recorded myself singing what I have written so far in order to share it and receive feedback from users at deep underground poetry (as well as anyone else). Here is the current version of the song, entitled "Dominique's Song" :

Dominique's Song (Lyrics):

Your eyes are like water
And I've fallen in
I cannot escape their embrace
One look at you
And I'm instantly blue
Anyone else can see your face

Isn't it funny
They need you
Isn't it just terrifying
No doubt about it
I need you
We are just two of a kind

Like a greek god in statue
You've stolen my heart
I'm never to see it again
Others look on
They don't know what we have
It ended before the start

Isn't it funny
They need you
Isn't it just terrifying
No doubt about it
I need you
We are just two of a kind

You stripped me of virtue
Like they robbed you of thought
They're animals dancing a play
The first time I saw you
The world seemed to stop
We  stood there exchanging a gaze

Isn't it funny
They need you
Isn't it just terrifying
No doubt about it
I need you
We are just two of a kind

We are just two of a kind

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Latest News/ New Writing


When you were on your feet
You were the best chef in the family.
Fixing dinners for two
Or four, or six,
and so on.
Full of life,
This sense of pride
Rushed in
When you visited last night,
Slipping through the window
With the cool night air.
Whispering of care and concern
Acting as my guide
On our night voyage.
You flew me to Washington
Like some kind of prophet,
Your mere presence
Filling my body with love.
Then you revealed the story –
Harsh words revolving
Around a lost soul.
While a dizzying storm was brewing,
Your lover waited for you
Somewhere between twinkling eyes
And sleepless nights.
And you knew
The flame was almost out.

View more of my poetry in these places:


"Feeling Blue" Juried Show
March 3rd - 31st
Reception March 8th 6 - 9pm
Arterie Fine Arts
190 E Fifth Ave
Naperville, IL

Echoes of Chicago Celebrates Chicago's 177th Birthday
March 29th at Hq
1914 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL
Doors open at 7pm

Square Foot Show
March 28th - June 9th
Reception March 29th 6 - 8pm
The Arts of Life, Inc.
1963 Johns Drive
Glenview, IL, 60025


I am working on a new small chapbook containing just a few NEW poems and images. These will be available for FREE (or donation).