A Few Sketches

As much as I love my Resonance series and my black and whites, I’ve felt for a little while that it was time for a change. So for the last year or so I’ve been revisiting my love of collage. I find making collages to be more engaging, enjoyable, and physical than straight photography. Working with my hands to play with color, texture, and space is artmaking at its most pleasurable for me.

I’ve begun a series of more formal, photography-based collages that I have up on my website. But I wanted to offer the below sketches as a hint of what I’m trying to do, in the most basic sense. I learn a lot from the process of making these, even when they’re not perfect. I hope I have more to show soon.

Sketch #1, 7″x5″

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Sketch #2, 12″x9″

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Sketch #3, 5″x7″

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A Few Sketches

FINALLY

The 24 hours in each day are rarely enough to allow sufficient attention/energy for all aspects of one’s life, so here I am, FINALLY, with some new work. That being said, I’ve actually spent the last 10 months developing a process for creating this work. I’ve inhaled a lot of fumes. I’ve gotten paste and wax all over various surfaces – sometimes artwork, sometimes furniture, sometimes myself. And I’ve ruined a lot of really nice collages. But thanks to talking to Bruce Myren and my dear boyfriend, I found the right adhesive and the right protective coating that allow me to make these collages the way I want to, and protect them without obscuring the colors of the prints used to make the collages. FINALLY!

I’m hoping to develop these into a large series, and therefore have yet to have titles for the works or the series as a whole. But here’s hoping that more works will appear in this space soon. And I’d love to hear your thoughts, either in the comments or by email!

 

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collage #1, 2″ x 3″

 

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collage #2, 6″ x 6″

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collage #3, 8″ x 8″

FINALLY

March: ’30 Under 30′ and ‘Artrageous!28’

Hello friends! I hope everyone is enjoying the extra daylight and the promise of spring.

Just a quick update today with two events I’m participating in in March. The first is 30 Under 30,” an exhibition of 30 local-ish artists under the age of 30. The exhibition was juried by Katherine French, Executive Director of the Danforth Museum, and opens this coming Thursday, March 13th, from 5:30-7:30. Most, if not all, of the participating artists will be there, so come say hi!

30 Under 30

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Second, I have donated two photographs to the Monserrat College of Art auction, Artrageous!28, to be held on Saturday, March 29th at 6pm. Proceeds from the event go support financial aid awards for students, which I’m thrilled to help fund. There will be over 200 pieces of work for auction, lovely food and beverages, and a fantastic crowd, so I do hope you make the trek up to Beverly on the 29th for an enjoyable evening of art and celebration!

For more info and to purchase tickets, visit Montserrat’s auction website.

March: ’30 Under 30′ and ‘Artrageous!28’

The Architecture of Berlin

There were many things about Germany that surprised me. The friendliness of the people. How the countryside looked just like the southeastern part of Pennsylvania, where I’m from. The way in which every city seemed a place unto itself, each so different from all the others we visited.

Berlin was the most strikingly different city. I’ve never been anywhere like it, not in Germany or anywhere else. My boyfriend called is a modern-day Paris, and I think he’s right. The city has great and terrible histories – the marks are everywhere. Buildings are riddled with bullet holes. Triumphant gates and columns. Small golden squares sit deep in the sidewalk, remembering those who were taken from their homes. A modern building hugs and supports a destroyed church. In fact, modern buildings seem to hug and support the whole city. There are so few historic buildings left, especially downtown. The city seems to be endlessly being restored and rebuilt, and it gleams with the bright reflection of glass and color. Bouyant structures are everywhere.


The beautiful, hyper-modern train station.
The beautiful, hyper-modern train station.

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A bridge connects two government buildings, high above the street.
A bridge connects two government buildings, high above the street.


Glass and sky for miles downtown.
Glass and sky for miles downtown.


One of the gorgeous government buildings along the river Spree.
One of the gorgeous government buildings along the river Spree.


One of a string of courtyards in East Berlin surrounded by beautiful buildings with tile facades.
One of a string of courtyards in East Berlin surrounded by beautiful buildings with tile facades.


Taking a boat tour on the river Spree was one of the highlights of our trip, and was a fantastic way to see the city.
Taking a boat tour on the river Spree was one of the highlights of our trip, and was a fantastic way to see the city.


Another government building, right near the Reichstag.
Another government building, right near the Reichstag.


More glass, more sky, near Tiergarten.
More glass, more sky, near Tiergarten.

The Architecture of Berlin

A Glimpse of Germany



I was lucky enough to be able to spend two weeks in Germany in late August this year. I was told, many times over, that I would love it there, but I really had no concept of how much I would enjoy it. The countryside reminded me of my home in Pennsylvania, and the cities jarred me out of my staid way of life in Boston. Hannover and Berlin were especially enjoyable, as I found great comfort, challenge, and surprise in both places.

I would love to fill this space with dozens of photos from the trip, but I’ve limited myself to two images per city as a glimpse of what we saw and did. If you’d like information on any of the places I visited, just let me know!

Frankfurt:

Frankfurt side street

Frankfurt

Cologne:

Cologne Cathedral seen from the banks of the Rhine

Cologne Cathedral interior

Düsseldorf:

Frank Gehry buildings

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Hannover:

Altstadt

Aegidienkirche

Hamburg:

Hamburg

Hamburg Kunsthalle

Berlin:

Berlin

Stolpersteine

A Glimpse of Germany