Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I was listening to the NPR show Fresh Air the other day when Charlie Kaufman (screenwriter of Endless Sunshine..., Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) was interviewed. He said some things about creating that I find so profound. Here is a link to the full interview http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96023004

And this is a quote that made me catch my breath because it felt so right to me, he says, "The things that I really relate to, is when I read something that has articulated something that I've felt but haven't been able to articulate, and I find that incredibly moving and I find an incredible sense of community in that... If I offer myself, there is a chance that somebody else will feel connected because they felt that and even if the story is sad you can be connected in your sadness and the sadness of being a human being."

It sounds to me like an explanation of how making art can be an act of great compassion and why self expression is an integral thread in the fabric of society. He is speaking about writing , but it's equally true of visual art. The visual image has the power to connect and transmit an impression/idea/emotion even more quickly to the human consciousness than words can. I know when a work of art has touched me before I understand why. I'm so in love with that feeling - that welling up of emotion - like something in me has become unblocked because someone else has expressed it and somehow that image has found it's way to me and I know that I am not alone. I think I'm such a movie fan because film blends images and spoken words, which makes for an immediate and deep impact. But I also like the slow pace of taking in a still image and the ambiguity of a single image that allows the viewer to shape his own experience of the art, whereas some movies can leave one feeling as if his emotions have been manipulated.

On a different note, here is photo of two new figures in progress.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

In a forgotten field

My most recent finished piece is the first of a series that is underway. It is a bit of a new direction because I have been thinking about how the materials and techniques I use resonate with the subject matter and themes. In that spirit, I've been working with wool from a local farm- felting, spinning and dying it with plant dyes. It is important to me that my art communicate a connection with nature - these new pieces feel to me like nature spirits from some forgotten past that are allowing themselves to be glimpsed again as we humans are struggling to fix what we have broken here on the planet. Each one is standing on a stone and is expressing with both face and hands the sacredness of land and its beings.

I am also beginning a series of paintings with portraits of the figures and images of of landscape and vegetation which are on scrap wood, refinished and primed for oil paint. I am inspired by alterpieces that I've seen while studying in Italy and just recently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

I don't have photos yet of the show at the Essex, but I will soon, as well as photos of changes I made to some older work.
Faeriecon was even more wonderful than I had hoped! So many artists that I love were so accessible and generous with their time and advice. It really meant so much to me to talk to meet people I've long admired like Kinuko Craft, Wendy Froud, Toby Froud, Forrest Rogers as well as meeting so many new artists to be inspired by. I'll certainly be adding more links to my site in the near future (but not until I get back from a weekend in the country, where I'm going to paint and try to process all the visual input from this past week!)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


I'm so excited! I'm going to Faeriecon in Philadelphia! I've been daydreaming about going to the Faerieworlds Festival in Oregon for years, so knowing that Allan Lee and the Frouds and so many other icons of the genre were going to be on my coast proved to be irresistable. So it is my treat after pushing so hard to get the art show together last week. It went swimmingly, to my great relief and thanks in very large part to my supportive family and friends who helped me set up/clean up or just stopped to see what I've been up to.

Here is the front and back of a bookmark-style flyer I made to hand out at the con.

And here is the finished Anne doll!