December 28, 2011
I think this year for christmas I am getting inspiration.
*I asked for a flat file, dreamed of a cashmere hoody, and truly need new tires for my bike (the go everywhere, carry everything,one less minivan, crucial-for-life item).
All this month, like my own advent calendar (and better than cheap chocolates that you open a new door to every day) things have been coming my way. Inspiring people and places, in all types of media are streaming in. At the same time the light is shining on my own web of connections within the work that is already started……A strong breath blowing under the fledgling fire and giving it oxygen to burn bright.
At the top of my inspiring list is a Biology professor at the University of Washington, who is trying to revitalize the study of Natural History with the help of new technology and his own web of creative folks from all different disciplines. Check out The Natural Histories Project, and an upcoming article in “Science” journal by J.Tewksbury and collaborators that will have some of my art tucked into the background.
June 10, 2011
“He is a hoarder and I am a purger, so together… we curate,” she told me as I ooed and ahhed around their apartment. I was truly flattered and very nervous to think that a piece of mine was soon to fit into this collection of things. The last couple commissions ive done from phone calls and email, and in the end at delivery, gotten my only glimpse of the lives that my art would become a part of.
Now having met the prized thirty year old algae on the windowsill and seen the view that inspired this whole project, I was working with a lot more impressions. For better or worse.
I sent out sketches, and proofs and despite attacks of spring fever on both ends the piece was completed and ready to deliver (the most scary moment of all despite approvals at all stages).
There was happiness, even hugging. But the best piece for me was some praise of the process, and appreciation for a chance to see inside my notebooks and my story, while sharing theirs with me. She told me I should be emphasizing the “experience”.
So here are some of the pieces of this puzzle.
Also for more great voyeurism check out the 2011 Sketchbook Project as it stops here in Seattle on its world tour. 10,000 moleskine folios From fine art to first graders and everything in between, including me. June 10,11,12 At Form/Space Atelier 12pm-4.