I visited the Fuller Craft Museum yesterday.
I’m kind of in love with this place …
The museum will serve as the venue for my upcoming workshop “Feeding the Creative Spirit” that I’ll be co-teaching with artist friend, Emily Vickers. We didn’t realize just how beautiful the surroundings are …
Did you know that Fuller Craft Museum has serene 22-acre campus surrounded by over 700 acres of scenic woodland and the brilliant architectural landscape of Frederick Law Olmstead’s D.W. Field Park in Brockton, MA.? The Museum also has an award-winning 21,000 square foot building, sculpture garden, courtyards, and nature trails (like Caroline’s Pathway).
Entrance to the FCM
In the sculpture garden
View from inside the museum
As many of you know, I have been teaching at the South County Art Association for a few years and I’m happy to be showing eight of my encaustic paintings in their beautiful gallery from July 10 – August 23.
Opening Reception: July 10 from 7:30-9:00pm
This gallery contains 2 photos.
I’ve not seen the show Shinique Smith:Firsthand – at LACMA through mid-July — and probably won’t make it to LA before it closes, but this work stopped me in my tracks. It feels like the convergence of old and new, random … Continue reading
Susan Rothenberg, The Master, 2008
“In the paintings where it’s there—the tenderness—I work for it. I’m not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding f*cking heart in there, I would.”
Susan Rothenberg explains how she transforms personal experiences and feelings into works that can become an “emotional moment” for the viewer.
Rothenberg talks about her work in this video from ART 21 on PBS.
Diebenkorn's Ocean Park no. 26
Richard Diebenkorn’s series titled Ocean Park is a testament to the true nature of making abstract work. Achieving this level of balance in painting takes time and fearlessness.
Layer after layer, although the artist didn’t know how the paintings in this series would look in the end – he proceeded and trusted that the images would evolve.
The work in this series needs time to get to know. It’s time that I happily give because the composition, mark-making and colors keep me circling back to want to look, again and again…
Watch this video of Sarah Bancroft, who curated an exhibit of the Ocean Park series, as she talks about Diebenkorn’s work.
Video about Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park Series
Dipped Paper Series
My encaustic paintings are featured alongside the beautiful clothing at Clad In in Providence through April, 2012.
This was an opportunity for me to curate my own work in a unique setting that incorporates one of my other passions – fashion
"Blurred", 2011, Encaustic, oil on panel
The simple clean lines and modern design aesthetic of the garments work well to offset the lines and marks in my abstract, encaustic work.
If you are in Wayland Square, take a look…
Clad In, 497 Angell Street, Providence, RI, 02906
I recently made the connection that the word style is derived from the Latin word “stilus” meaning “stake or pointed instrument which the Romans used for writing on wax tablets”
This immediately intrigued me for two reasons:
Roman Wax tablet and Stilus
1. My paintings are made in large part, with wax.
2. I love seeing and collecting images of people’s individual styles. Whether it be fashion style or their home interior – I can’t get enough of seeing unique style.
Painting by Cy Twombly Painting using marks that resemble handwriting
Just as our mood or purpose might change our writing style – our handwriting always remains distinctively ours. As we change, we change much more than our handwriting. We change our style of dress, handwriting, word choices, home interior – always telling who we are in our own distinct way.
For me, painting is the purist form of personal expression, and seeing as I make my markson and with wax, I, like the Romans, am using mark making to express my style.
Blue Bird with Yellow Chair
One more week and what has been an amazing experience – from working on making all of the work to seeing the show hanging in the gallery – will be coming to a close.
In conjunction with the exhibit, I had the chance to lead an Encaustic Painting workshop for the advanced painting students at URI. For many of the students, it was their first time working with wax as a medium and I have to say – they were fearless! It was exciting for me to see that and for them to get to see how some of the work in the show, was made.
Just about 2 weeks to go! I am so excited to be on the home stretch of preparing for my solo exhibition at the University of Rhode Island!
URI Exhibition info
Opening Receptions: Tuesday, November 15 from 2 – 4 (daytime reception) Thursday, November 17 from 6 – 8 (evening reception)
Given the scale of my work – this has been such a growing experience for me as a painter to face the challenge of showing in a gallery of this size. It has forced me (in a good way) to stretch and play with the medium of encaustic in new ways.
A sneak peak of new work
Yerevan, Armenia -Wall/doorway
My recent trip to Armenia was not only grounding for me as an Armenian visiting my motherland but also as an artist collecting for inspiration and connecting with fellow artists.
Inspiration was everywhere in Armenia -from the stone churches dating back to 500A.D. to this doorway/wall that I passed on the street in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital city -rich with texture and history, like the rest of the country.
At Vernisage, the open – air artist, craft and vintage market, I met up with Edvard Shatinyan, who’s work was a breath of fresh air in the fine art that was for sale. We connected immediately on everything from our feelings about abstract work to working with wax in our paintings. After a lovely studio visit, I was the proud owner of one of his pieces!