Fondle Friendly

Fondle Friendly is a grande experiment. An entire body of work that can be touched, picked up and moved around. Touching the art in a gallery setting is so taboo. "Do Not Touch" is preached to us from childhood. But touch is key to how we interact with the world and it can be an important way to experience art. As a fiber artist, the feel of fabric and string is my favorite way to experience my work. It's the interplay in textures that sets textile art apart. I'm extending that pleasure to my audience and encouraging  interaction through arrangement. The components are modeled after vintage medical illustrations because the familiarity of the human body inspires a caress.

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It all started with a flesh colored velvet shirt that I cut up to make nipples. Those nipples turned into a ball of faux fur and vinyl. Something repulsive and intriguing, familiar yet strange.

Fondle Friendly

@Kansas City Artists Coalition

Snap Space

May 11th-June 1st.

Find me at the reception Friday, May 11th at 6pm.

Weaving the River

I'm  excited to share with you the culmination of a project that has been in the works for the last year and a half. On a warm night in January, the members of the PolyArtery Collective gathered at a KC coffee house to create an immersive art experience to reflect the magnificent history and the devastating circumstances of the Quindaro community. Our group is formed by Jen Appell, mistress of song, Jillian Yougbird, photographer and story teller extraordinaire, and Justin Border, graphic design guru. Weaving the River will be at the Quindaro Symposium, April 20th and 21st, at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. Follow this link for registration and more information.

Quindaro Symposium

It has been amazing working with these three because our gifts and skill sets blend so well. We have collected inspiration from the old Quindaro site, visited museums, conducted interviews, and worked on grant applications. This has been a challenging subject but it was always the joy of working together and passion for our project that has led us forward. I've grown so much as an artist and a person through working with these immensely talented artists. I hope that you will come, learn the history and work towards a brighter future for the Quindaro community.

You can find out more about our project and supporters at Weaving the River

 PolyArtery touring Quindaro ruins

PolyArtery touring Quindaro ruins

Spooky Action at a Distance

As a quick update I have been in Wyoming since the beginning of January for my show with Maria Rose Wimmer called "Spooky Action at a Distance". The installation at Casper College lasted two full days and spans two galleries and an atrium. I couldn't be more delighted with the work and how it looks in the spaces.

My knees were bruised from kneeling in a glass box installing my interpretation of particles in space. I climbed an eighteen foot ladder for five hours to hang all the strings for the graphing installation. Who knew art would be such great exercise? It's like the installation process adds a performative aspect to the work. There are hyper-lapse videos to edit.

Our reception is on February 23rd at 12pm with the artist lecture at 12:30pm. We'll explain all our inspirations and the fun we had researching quantum entanglement. Albert Einstein, who came up the theory, called it "Spooky Action", hence the title of the show. I am also teaching a soft sculpture workshop at Casper College on February 21st from 2-4pm. The workshop is designed for hand sewers. Fear not those without a sewing machine!

In the mean time, I am the first artist in residence at Art 321, the gallery run by the Casper Artist Guild. The space is gorgeous and there are always interesting classes going on. They are really kind letting me use a table and an outlet for my sewing machine. My parents got a puppy making fiber art and concentration impossible. Spot is an alligator in puppy clothes! You can find me there most days of the week working on some crazy new sculptures and installation pieces for my upcoming shows. More details to come.

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I am also teaching workshops or giving lectures about ikebana. I have a workshop at the Nicolaysen Art Museum today. I am teaching down in Cheyenne at the Cheyenne Botanical Garden on February 18th in their new building. I am thrilled to bring a love of plants and Japanese culture to Wyoming.

Eating: Kiwano Mellon, a spiky orange fruit from sub-Saharan Africa. It is so odd looking and tasty. Do you think I could grow it?

Drinking: Wyoming has stepped up it's beer game since I've left. There are three bars within a block of the studio. I'm trying all the kinds, especially if they are on tap! Beer can be a good afternoon snack right?

Reading: Refridgerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente - It's the stories of the women behind the superheros. It feels like Marvel fan fiction but smartly done. And there are pretty pictures.

12 X 12

My ink drawing was accepted into the Lawrence Art Center's 12 X 12 show. The opening reception will be on October 27th from 5-9pm. I'm really disappointed to miss the opening, but that is our neighborhood's Trick or Treat night. I would have a very disappointed five year old on my hands. If you are able to swing by the opening let me know! The work will be up until December 22nd so there is still a chance I could see the show.

  Nuclear Option #2,  Ink on Paper, 2017

Nuclear Option #2, Ink on Paper, 2017

Make a Wish for the Birds and Fish

October first Friday, I will be celebrating the beauty of nature at Imagine That! as a featured artist. 

Many of the artists at Imagine That! are drawn to natural landscapes and organic shapes like watercolor representations of the Badlands and playful pen drawings of seaweed. In this show, see the many ways their artists interpret landscape, animals and plant life. Come join us October 6th for all of the “botanical sweets”. Imagine That! is a non-profit arts program founded in 2012 for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

I spotted some innovative embroidery going up, so be sure not to miss it. This is actually the first time that Seedpod has been installed outside my house. I can't wait!

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Envelop

Join us Friday, September 15th at 815 Gallery in Columbus Park! I am thrilled to be sharing my fiber work alongside the talented Adriana Luna and Doug Boucher. Be prepared from some new and interesting fiber sculpture arrangements because the space is gorgeous.

Doug Boucher is a local photographer who travels to Florida, Colorado and Oregon have inspired and influenced his work.

Adriana Luna is an abstract artist, creating mixed media paintings. A lifetime of loving art led her to study printmaking and painting at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Hope to see you there!

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Solar Eclipse

The solar eclipse is only 43 days away! Have you made plans? I'm elated that we are so close to the path of the eclipse since we will not be able to make it out to Wyoming this summer. My piece, "Bargaining" was accepted into the show, SOLAR, hosted by the Potter Art Gallery at Missouri Western to coincide with the eclipse. The show will open from August 7th to September 15th.

 "Bargaining", Collage, 5"x5"

"Bargaining", Collage, 5"x5"

Friday we drove the piece up to the art gallery and had a fun little museum/art vacation along the way stopping at the Walter Cronkite Memorial, and then down to Weston, MO to see the Nation Silk Museum. This collection was unbelievable. It was silk tapestries from around the 1700s to the early 1900s. The time and attention to detail to create these pieces was astronomical. Then you look at the weaving and it's clear like a photograph. The museum curator said they have the resolution of our HD tv. If you have the ability to stop and check out the collection it's well worth the drive.

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We also got to see the reverse sides on some of the tapestry. This little shepherd girl is extra creepy in reverse.