à la ligne, string and thread on denim, stained with fabric dye and bleach, 10 x 8 inches
This semester I tried some new ways of working. The piece above was created for an assignment I had early in the semester. Our assignment was to create a painting inspired by a piece of art that we don't like. I first fell in love with painting when I saw impressionist paintings in high school, but have always disliked Renior. His chalky pastel palette is off-putting and his forms often lack definition. They're so etherial, like they're made of someone's hot breath.
But the assignment intrigued me. I started looking at his paintings online and came across the painting Le pêcheur à la ligne. I was drawn to the phthelo green + beige color palette and marks he used, so decided to try and reproduce those elements of the piece, minus the subject matter.
The first thing I did was turn the reproduction of the painting upside down as a way to isolate the colors and marks. Working from "back to front," I poured fabric dye on a canvas of stitched jeans that I had made earlier. Then I added some bleach to the dye. I worked back and forth until I created a "stain" to work on top of. Then I began adding lime green stitches to the denim using my sewing machine and drawing with a royal blue marker to describe some of the forms I observed, like the flittering leaves of the vegetation. Then, for several hours, I continued layering machine stitches, hand embroidery, and loose threads to the surface until the image felt resolved.
I really enjoyed the assignment. It was a practice in empathy. I learned to appreciate the technique of someone's work who I usually have a negative reaction to. It was a little like being locked in a room with an enemy and being forced to find common ground.
Left: A Piece of Me, A Piece of You, acrylic, spray paint, oil pastels, string and thread on sewn canvas and repurposed clothing, 18 x 22 inches Right: Love Quote, repurposed clothing and mesh on sewn canvas, stained with fabric dye, and oil on pre-primed canvas, 22 x 18 inches
I continued experimenting with mark-making throughout the semester. Above are two different examples of experiments in mark-making that I tried. On the left, I layered a lot of different colored sewing machine stitches on top of paint, spray-paint, and oil pastel until the colors began to blend together. This caused the canvas to warp and buckle. I had seen this technique several years ago in a video of Rebecca Ringquist explaining her process and knew that I wanted to try it at some point.
On the left, I created individual marks with the machine, dispersing them across the canvas. To me, they start to resemble letters or characters from an alphabet.
Detail of A Piece of Me, A Piece of You
Collective mural in the “Field Notes” exhibition made by Kate Holcomb Hale, Soyoung L. Kim and Stephen Hamilton. Photo by Celina Colby
I am so humbled to be a part of the show Field Notes: Teachers, Lovers and the Consciousness in Between and am thrilled with all of the press it's been reicveing. The show is up for one more week. Go see it before it comes down!
Powerful drawing show debuts at BCA’s Mills Gallery
Artists draw from teachers, lovers, and the past for annual BCA show
Field Notes: Lovers, Teachers and the Consciousness In Between @ Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts
Juried by: Chanel Thervil, Invited Curator and Juror
November 1 - December 22, 2019
539 Tremont St, Boston, MA
Opening reception: Saturday, November 9 from 6-9pm
About the Drawing Show: Since 1979 the Drawing Show has been a widely anticipated hallmark of Boston Center for the Art’s programming. This juried exhibition has allowed BCA to work with more than five hundred artists and invited curators. Proposals are welcome from all artists and designers who explore drawing as a medium in their work.
Curator’s Statement: Truth Teller. Observer. Disrupter. Activator of Possibility.
Since the first cave drawings ages ago, people have been trying to decide on the most accurate titles to describe the function of artists in society. The sentiments behind this exhibition are fueled by the James Baldwin’s quote, “The role of the artist is the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you can’t see.” In order to lift the veils of consciousness through their works, artists themselves are shaped into the role of lover by their past, present, and future.
Wed. & Sun. | 12-5pm
Thur.-Sat. | 12-9pm
Postcards to Fay @ Chandler Gallery
July 29-August 16, 2019
20 Sacramento Street, Cambridge, MA
Opening reception: Thursday, August 1 from 6-9pm
I will have two postcards for sale in this expansive artist postcard show to benefit the Chandler Gallery and Maud Morgan Arts! Join me on Thursday, August 1, from 6 – 9 pm for a reception at Chandler Gallery and a fun filled event in the backyard – Arts N’ Craft BREWS! There will be food, local brews, affordable art (each postcard is priced at $50!), yard games and live music!
Mon.-Fri. | 10am-5pm
Inspired Views @ Montserrat Gallery
June 1-29, 2019
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915
Opening reception: Saturday, June 15 from 3-5pm
Inspired Views gathers together more than fifty art educators from New England and beyond in celebration of their commitment and dedication to arts eduction. Recognizing the many working artists who inspire and mentor our young people, "Inspired Views," brings artist teachers together and provides an opportunity for these professionals to show their work at the Montserrat Gallery. The art teachers in the show represent over forty K-12 public and independent schools, as well as art educators working at the college level.
This exhibit coincides with the Beverly Main Street Arts Fest. Come to Beverly this weekend and enjoy both celebrations!
Image: Recline and Reflect, colored pencil and pen on paper, 2009
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