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.
In the winter
It is quiet and cold outside
But in the winter
We burn fires and wear layers
We sing songs
And drink hot cider and wine
The winter is really the warmest time of the year
It is the time that we are all together
In the winter the trees look dead
But we have green holly and evergreens
We have bright red cardinals
In the winter the night comes early
But we stay up late and have grand dinners
or we snuggle under blankets and read books
In the winter our hearts are big
In the winter we watch our breath
In the winter we roar at the freezing cold
I hope you all like my original poem. I just wanted to mention that the characters I used for my illustration were borrowed from the book The Selfish Giant. Kudos to anyone who knows who Lisbeth Zwerger is.
My friend, Ben Levine, is putting together the Dance Place Gala at Dance Place in DC. He invited me to be a part of it by contributing to an installation piece that he designed. There will be music, there will be windows, there will be cool lighting, and there will be me painting in the foreground. I have met up with him and the manager for this project, Sarah Chapin, a few times and we have one more meeting to go before the show. I’d be happy to see some familiar faces after the performance and happy if people I knew could enjoy the show. So if anyone is interested in attending it is on the weekend of October 21st. You can buy tickets through Dance Place.
From left to right: Meredith Osterman, Ben Levine, and Sarah Chapin
This is me playing with some ideas for the show at our second rehearsal. We will be working with projections of what I am painting during the show.
I started working with watercolor studies about a month ago. It’s a pretty simple concept of letting watercolors mix and using washes as well as concentrated blobs of color. The challenge has been to take these studies and blow them up into acrylic paintings. In some cases I got the flow of imagery and in others I didn’t. Part of the fun is the transformation that switching mediums has on a concept though. In any case, I hope to find a place to display the work and in the meantime am happy to share the work here online.
Since abrupt flowers I’ve been working on exploring more about what acrylic can do. I’m mostly interested in layering colors and blending them. The painting with the flowers below was started the same week as the last post and helped me to get out some extra energy while exploring those ideas. If I’m able to have a show I’ll explore it more with the studies I started in watercolor…or maybe I’ll go ahead and do a series without a show. In any case I’m having fun working with bright colors and learning new techniques.
Come see an installation of my poetry and illustrations at Zed’s Cafe in downtown Silver Spring, off of Georgia Avenue. I put new versions of two of the illustrations below in the show.
I float freely in contained space
holding onto edges at lane’s ends
and staying within the lines
A safe place for me to think
I see more clearly under aqua blue
than when looking at mirrored reflections above
Buoyant feelings bubble out my throat
As each unspoken number brings me closer to the next turn
Bursting forth and slowing down
I turn my head for air
Kicking waves behind me
A few more silent numbers to chant before I finish
Sufjan Stevens comes on and
droplets of sound become turning signals
people crossing streets
wing beats of pigeons
the day moving on its tiptoes through the city streets
I feel the sound of sun rays
playing through windows on my face
out of Egypt, into the great laugh of mankind,
and I shake the dirt from my sandals as I run
the title says as though I’m in the wilderness
I have a show coming up in January, so the next posts will be based on the theme of the show(my poetry with illustrations). Looking forward to your feedback. 🙂