and so many new pieces to start (read: procrastination). Studio shots from the last couple months.
I am interested in aspects of identity that stem from biology. Sometimes in my work that manifests by using biological materials (such as blood in previous works) or using imagery of biological forms (cells, organs, etc). With this new series of work, I have been focusing on the imagery of the vagina; the ultimate organ that represents the portrait of female. I have always been interested in deciphering what makes us who we are; self identity, a common subject for many artists. For me, that began with under- standing the relationships with my mother and other females; however at times it seemed the differences more so than the similarities were heightened. I started to look at it a much more microscopic level, a biological understanding of self. In Rub me raw, I investigate the taboo nature of sexual pleasure and passion, a subject that to this day has never been discussed with between my mother and I. With Death Pussy, the color palette was inspired by the color of decaying organs. The central vagina seems to float above ghost images of other vaginas, echoing the loneliness and sacrifice of serving others.
All of my stuff is still in boxes, skewed across the entire house but art making is happening. Also, I finally have a shower curtain and a mailbox!
The home studio is coming along (pictures next month). There are a couple of repairs that need to be done to the house before I can start living there. Then a wall or two has to come down before I'm really ready to start making art there. I can't wait though. It's very exciting.
In the meantime, I'm couch surfing with friends and working in my sketchbook often, getting plenty of research ready in order to start painting as soon as the house is ready.
I'm soon moving from Lexington to rural home, where I can down size in "needs" and "wants". I'll be focusing on making full time. I'll probably have a part-time day job, but that'll keep me sane. I can't wait to be making (MAKING) all the time. In the meantime, here are some snapshots of what I've been working on.
It's been a while since my last post, it's been a challenge keeping up with updating my website. However, I promise to do better (having a faster, smarter laptop will help with that). Since the last time I posted, I have been spending a lot of my time teaching as an adjunct professor at UK. I am also teaching a summer course, which has yet to begin, but I'm really looking forward to it. Below are some images from my rockstar students this past year.
August 2015, "Hemachrome", Cochenhour Gallery, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY UPCOMING
July 2015 “innerseXXion”, Mill and Max Gallery, Lexington, KY STILL ON VIEW
July-Sept 2015 “Imagine the Possibilities”, Art Meets Science Exhibition, MDI Biological Laboratory, Salisbury Cove, ME STILL ON VIEW
May-June 2015 Biological Art : a collaborative, interactive exhibit, Mill and Max Gallery, Lexington, KY
April-June 2015 Convocation, The Carnegie, Covington, KY
Please join me this week at my opening thesis exhibition titled, Blood Works. Thursday, April 2nd 5:30-8:30 in the Tuska Gallery in the Fine Arts Bldg on the University of Kentucky campus. 465 Rose St.
The show will be on view between April 2-11 Monday-Friday and by appointment on the weekends.
I hope to see you there.
I am a contemporary artist focused on the intersection of art and science in Lexington, KY.