Friday, September 25, 2009

NeW wOrKs On EtSy

I love Etsy and I admit... I hate it as well.
Its a great source for connecting with unique handmade artists from all over.
But damn I hate the process of posting things, and then it feels like a pretty slow hit and miss venue for selling.
So I am not as diligent about keeping things up to date.
But its a good day and I have some new larger works posted. These are two pieces that I am particularly pleased with the way they turned out and there looking for new home...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


About a year and a half ago, my friends Linda and Opie O'Brien approached me about including a piece of mine in there upcoming book, Who's Your Dada, redefining the doll through mixed media. The piece included was a small art doll created on a wood base using a ceramic insulator as the main construct. The doll is part of Linda and Opie's personal art collection and I don't have very good personal pictures of her, so we all have to wait for the book. Who's Your Dada is getting lots of good reviews and conversations and is available now through Amazon and I am sure through other venues as well. I have not actually received my copy yet, but can't wait to see it. I will post pics of my spread when it arrives....

Who's Your Dada, redefining the doll through mixed media.

"Inspired from the Dada notion of making art from materials that would not typically be combined, and written with our sense of irony and humor, this book features the work of 40 artists who define a doll AND share their process with you. In addition, Opie and Linda offer step-by-step instructions for working with 5 very different substrates: a wood block - a two-sided canvas - tin - a book - and a box construction - and share our various methods of attachment and joinery and how we work with apoxie sculpt. There are variation projects from our students AND an inspiring gallery of mixed-media dolls from some of the best artists EVER plus a bonus visual progression project from the amazing Keith Lo Bue.This book has been described as a "must have" volume for anyone interested in found object art and the human form - but it is also a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the power, symbolism and cultural significance of dolls and representational figures -- and as is our style -- it's chock full of whimsy!"

Thursday, September 17, 2009

uP In FlAmEs

More pictures of the offerings left in the Temple and then the release of all of it to the universe in in flames. Does anyone else out there have experiences with the Temple they would like to share?

Monday, September 14, 2009

PrAyER fLaGS To tHe TeMpLe

(The flags at home before there journey)

(My flag made for Father who died when I was 25. Its been really powerful to share my grief over him out in the open.
I have spent along time keeping it bottled up and in a closet)

(Some chose to work in other formats than flags, I wasn't sure how I would pull all the different pieces together,
but I trusted in the process and they came together beautifully check out end pictures)

To celebrate my 38th birthday, I invited my chosen family to come eat, drink, and make art if they felt so inclined. I had a very specific intent and place in mind for the art. The temple at Burningman. Two years ago I went to Burningman for the first time and the most powerful part for me was the Temple of Forgiveness by David Best, a most amazing artist of our time if your not familiar please check out his work. This is a beautiful video of him speaking about his temples. (Warning a kleenex may be needed)

For me the temple was a sacred place not attached to any specific religious path, but wide open and inclusive for all present on the playa. This was not a temple that you needed to put on your best dress to visit, or to speak in whispers. It was a temple of the people. David design and orchestrated this beautiful vehicle and then turned it over to the community, who in turn came to write on the walls, to leave their sorrows, their hopes, their fears, their wishes, and their wisdom. Then at the end of the week to gather together all 40,000 people and witness the burning and release of all those sorrows, hopes, prayers, fears, and wisdom into the universe. Definitely one of the most powerful experiences of my life. I left knowing that I wanted to contribute to the temple the next time I returned to the playa.

Now not everyone is up for the experience that is Burningman, 102 degrees in the day, white out dust storms, constant noise, and a complete abandonment of what we think of "normal" society. But everyone has sorrows, wishes, grief, prayers, wisdom that they would like to release. So I created a space and an opportunity for my chosen family to create art for the temple. It became my job to hold there stories and shepard them to the desert, hang them with love and tenderness, cry over them, and then witness their release into the flame. My experiences at the temple are hard to contain within words, and words are not my first language. So I leave you with more pictures...


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