Thursday, April 16, 2009

Artrageous!23

Hello-

My work will also be on display in Montserrat's Artrageous!23 auction this year. The auction is May 9th at 5:30 pm at 75 Sylvan Street in Danvers, MA. Proceeds support scholarships for students at Montserrat College of Art.

Venus (Pattern: CB225, Color: Mocha)
fabric sample, upholstery, thread, fiberfill, 6" x 2"

Show in the Paul M. Scott Library


I will be showing some recent work in an exhibit in the library at Montserrat. The show will open on May 8th and I will be giving an artist talk in the library at some point that week. I will post more details as they come, if anyone is interested.

Coffee Cup Show

Conscience keeps more people awake than coffee (Author Unknown)
fabric, battery-operated light, coffee cup

Recently participated in the Coffee Cup Show in the Paul M. Scott Library at Montserrat College of Art. This show was the beginning of new programing using the library as a gallery space led by Chelsea Sams. The show was juried by Gordon Arnold and I won a lovely grand prize for the piece below.
A morning without coffee is like sleep (Author Unknown)
fabric, thread, fiberfill, feather, coffee cup

Domestic History comes down


After a month, I removed the work. While I kept the fabric for future projects, the stuffing became a fleeting installation of foam, fiberfill, and feathers inside the dumpster behind the building.

Postcard


I also need to give credit to Spencer Bowen who designed these beautiful cards for the show!

A Domestic History of Beverly, MA (comfort)


I recently had an installation at Frame 301 an alternative installation space at Montserrat College of Art. The space is curated by Maggie Cavallo.

Inside the Frame 301 window space, used fabric that I had collected over four months was hung in a grid or quilt-like pattern. These fabrics have been found specifically on the streets of Beverly and have been stained, worn, and discarded by their owners. The fabric has been removed from pillows and seat cushions.

Beverly is a haven for dumpster divers and trash-collecting art students. I have been contemplating why things are so easily discarded and replaced. How something, especially fabrics and cushions; whose intent is to make us comfortable and who have had so much contact with the human body, are so easily disregarded. Becoming a memorial-like window display, I hoped that viewers might have been able to reflect on the lives that these fabrics may have had, or that former owners might have recognized this material that once occupied their home. This piece evidenced a history of comfort, rest, sleep, human error, and anything that took place on or around these objects during their lives as occupants of a home in Beverly, Massachusetts.

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For more information: Frame 301 Gallery Archives