Friday, May 16, 2008

Artomatic 2008

Here's a shot of my space at Artomatic. This is my second year in the game. Please come check it out, you'll find me on the 8th floor right near the elevator, site location number 8 SE D5. It's a gorgeous open space - with an a amazing view of the capital.

Honestly, I don't know how the heck I pulled it off this year. I was installing right up until the bitter end. And the place was hoping that night (no shocker there), heaps of artists were there in full swing - hammering, painting, stenciling, arranging, re arranging, drawing, electrical work, finishing the artwork, etc. Sheer chaos! You could feel the paint drying. I'm headed there today and hope to get a peek at the rest of the show - will return with my top 10.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


Here is my most recent linocut print. It's a 12" x 12" print on light blue Italian paper with an acrylic painted base titled hopeful. It was hopefully going to be the piece that earned me a permanent spot in the Torpedo factory. But no, not this year.

Last week a friend asked me if my artwork had changed since having a baby. My immediate response was an enthusiastic yes. Now I'm trying to figure out how and why. While it's surely too soon to say... I can see that I'm open to more chaos in my work. Happy chaos. More wind. And lot's of it. I see that what I once thought was too child like and immature can be playful and serious forms and marks. I wonder if some of that influence comes from painting more too. As William Christenberry (who was one heck of a influential instructor on me) used to say - melissa, this sheet is sheer chaos - Well Bill, yes it is. I like it, do you?