Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Michigan Chapter - Women's Caucus for Art

Reliquary: Maria's Key to Home -- representation of the journey of my Italian grandmother (nonna) who travelled across the Atlantic, alone, to connect with her future husband in the United States. Eventually, finding the "key" to her home.

Home Land -- the traditional image of a "home," with references to comfort, roots, continuity, the sense of security, feeding our souls and a chance to rest. Bubble wrap and "houses to rent" ads suggest the ever present change that will come.

These are two of the three pieces that were accepted by the jury for the "Home: Loving it, Losing It, Leaving" Exhibition sponsored by the Michigan Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art. The WCA is a national arts organization whose mission is to support women in the visual arts professions. WCA has focused attention on the contributions of women and people of color throughout the history of art. WCA has affiliates in over 40 states. Being juried into this show is a great honor for me--and all three pieces! The third piece that was accepted is "Dumpster Reclamation" which appears in a previous blog.

This show asked the questions,"What does it mean to families, children women and men to lose their physical surroundings? Home is often considered the "woman's domain." What does it feel like to lose that center of control? Is there freedom in leaving everything behind?"

This exhibit is hosted by The Gallery in the Duderstadt Center on the North Campus at the University of Michigan. For more information about the gallery, etc. go to: www.dc.umich.edu.

The opening reception will be May 8, 2009 (6 - 8 pm).

Saturday, February 21, 2009

bamboo domino designs

Collage necklaces made out of bamboo domino blanks that were salvaged from place mats found in a junk shop. Additional beads were added and waxed cotton was used as the "string".

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

the sketchbook project 3

Two views of my entry to the Sketchbook Project 3. The theme of this show, which will travel to eight galleries during the months of March through June 2009, is "Everyone we know." Each artist received a 3.5 x 5.5 moleskin sketchbook to alter which will be returned to the Art House Coop in Atlanta. As a group show, the sketchbooks will then travel to each of the following galleries: Museum of Contemporary Art D.C., Laconia Gallery in Boston, Atena Gallery in Chicago, Soulard Art Market in St. Louis, 3rd Ward in Brooklyn, MODA in Atlanta, and finally the Chicago Art Source Gallery which will be its last stop.

In my sketchbook, I have created a niche with a door that opens to reveal an accordion strip with words and phrases that evoke ideas that "everyone" shares. Some of these are," being-ness," "precious body and soul", 'to the heart", "society"," ones who matter"," Light and Dark" (a reference to the good and evil in all humans) and the all encompassing "WE."

Monday, January 19, 2009

"art on the move"

I just received word today that two of my altered books have been juried into the "Art on the Move" show at the Grosse Pointe Art Center. I am jumping up and down with excitement! The opening is the Friday, January 23, from 6:30-9:30pm. The show will close on Saturday, February 21. All are invited to see the show and enjoy the new 3600 sq ft contemporary gallery space. Below are the two pieces.

Dumpster Reclamation

Non Verbal

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

gilda's club metro detroit fundraiser

altered altoid tin shrines to inspire "peace" & "faith" in those dealing with cancer -- April 2008

Saturday, January 3, 2009

lovely recycling

altered altoid tin with thoughts of love -- february 2008