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I stopped by Strathmore to see what art show they had up a few weeks ago.  Interestingly the exhibit was about home, which I have been thinking a lot about.  There were so many artists represented and they all had different interpretations of the theme.  There were all sorts of different art media and techniques: sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, abstract, representational, conceptual.  It just showed how different everyone’s experience of home is.  

Some topics involved with home were immigration, natural disaster, the suburbs, family, and familiar things like coffee.  It was clear that there was a divide between artists.  Some seemed more anxious about home while others gave the impression of it being a happy place.  I think the idea of home can be complicated. There are so many things that happen when you’re growing up both inside and outside your control.  I was happy to see such a diverse representation of the subject.

 

Moving clockwise from the top left image work is titled and made by: Sea Rise by George Lorio, Old Fashioned Letter by Stefanie Stark, Marla; At Home in America by Lulu Delacre, My Heart by Kimberley Bursic, Ritual by Kelly Bell, Bird Polyptic: Thrush, Mockingbird, Nuthatch, Wren by Liz Aukamp LaGarde, Trapped Inside This House by Emily Shepardson.

 

Eugene the Elephant

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Eugene is my elephant.  He has been with me since before college which says a lot because college was 12 years ago.  It’s possible that he came in a happy meal.  The print above was his first appearance in my work.  It was an assignment for my printmaking class at Drew and I think I was having a very hard time deciding what to make images of in that class.  That is the foundation of my relationship with this stuffed elephant.  I draw him when I have no idea about what to draw…and squares sometimes.

Now Eugene has his own shelf in my studio.  He sits right behind where I paint my pictures, quietly.  He makes appearances on my instagram account on occasion too.