Aunties

In about six months, I’ll be hanging a solo exhibition at Laconia Gallery in Boston. I began the design process by built this 1/2″ scale model to help me design how the overall installation will come together.

Here “Patricia” and “Eunice,” named after two of my aunts, take in the work.

Call and Response at VSC

Tonight a most wonderful thing happened. A group of 14 visual artists and writers, being supremely generous with their time and creativity, participated in a collaborative project I coordinated here at the Vermont Studio Center. I offered them each their choice of miniature cut-silhouettes, the ones I cut at Danger!Awesome to use as studies for my larger pieces. Asking them to use it in any way they wanted to make a new piece, and knowing what an outstanding group of people this is, I still could not have imagined how each person would put themselves into the project. If my work involves world-building, these artists showed me 14 new countries in this world. I’m blown away. 
As my new friend Gary Hawkins said, “Better Art Together.”

Work shown by Alison Stine & Molly Gallentine, Sharron Diedrichs, Aaliyah Gupta & Staci Schoenfeld, and Judy Schneider.

Sketches to Vectors

The designs for my cut silhouette paintings start out as sketches in my sketchbook. From those I create freehand loose drawings of how that sketch could work as a silhouette, taking careful consideration of the structural concerns of the material. If I’m going to cut the piece on a laser cutter (rather than by hand with a saw) then I need to redraw it again as a vector file that the laser-cutter can follow.

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