Handsy and Dread are making their way to Tulsa this week! Be sure to come to the opening on Friday, June 7th from 5-9pm. Get all your feels on.
So many great things have been happening lately it has been hard to keep up! I have been really fortunate to have so much love from my fellow Mid Missouri artists recently. I had a great experience going down to Jefferson City to be on Mid-Missouri Art News with Rick Jey. We met at the state fair, talked a bit about our experiences in Japan and he invited me down to be interviewed.
It was just so neat to be on tv. The cameras and lights are technical and nerdy brilliance. I forgot to bring a piece of art to talk about during the interview. Luckily I never clean out my car and my work from Missouri Valley College was in the back. My friend and I had a lot of fun artfully draping it around one of the set ladders. Three cheers for having friends that like to come hang out and help install shows!
I was the second artist to go on. Sorry about the clicking in the audio. The mic was bumping into my necklace and I talk with my hands. Rookie Mistake. All in all, It was a fabulous experience and really nice people that help support local arts.
My solo show “Spaces in Between” will be opening at the Liberty Center in Sedalia, MO on March 21st 6-8pm. They were so nice they gave me two whole galleries and you’ve never seen such a beautiful space. The work is all soft sculpture based on plants and human bodies. It’s a bright, whimsical and surprising show.
It took us three days to install the show because there are two major floor installations, one in each gallery. The people at the Liberty Center are fabulous because they let me explore some crazy new ideas and gave me the time to do it. I really learned a lot. Gravity is still my arch nemesis. I hope you can come out and see it!
Another great bit of art news is that I got accepted into the Jentel Artist Residency Program in October this year. This is really huge for me. It is a very competitive residency and I’ll get a month to make art and pick the minds of some supremely talented people. Plus I get to bring all my great hand knitted socks that I never wear in Missouri because it will be cold.
Seeds are started! If only it would start warming up. Gonna order those kiwano melon seeds soon.
Nature’s Palette: The Science of Plant Color by David Lee
Wow this book is great! It’s like mid level between clickbate science and doctoral dissertation. Just enough knowledge to be dangerous. Which is how I like it.
I’m really excited to install part of Convergence again. It’s so much fun to see how the character of the piece can change from space to space. It is really beautiful in the Vernon Nester Gallery at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri and will be up until the end of February. I also have some collages and a few examples of my plein air embroidery. The show is called Omnia because it’s a collection of all my different mediums. The gallery reception and artist talk will be on January 31st from 4-6pm. The talk will be at 4:15pm. Come on by and say hi!
Lighting always seems to be an issue with this piece. I’m really tempted to throw down on some spots.
In other cool news, I am going to be on TV! I will be doing an interview with Rick Jey on JCTV’s “Mid-Missouri Art News. We do the taping on Febuary 13th. Not sure when it’ll be out so stay tuned to the old social media. It’s another great opportunity to talk about art and inspire some future artists. Can’t beat that!
I’m embarrassed. Embarrassed by how long it has taken me to write this post despite how awesome this show has been and how great the people at the Springfield Art Museum are. Now that the show is over (and life has calmed down a bit) I can write about how fun this was.
The 4 x 4: Midwest Invitational is an annual show at Springfield Art Museum that features an artist from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. I am tickled pink to have been included in this show along side the amazing talents of Shawn Bitters, Jason Cytacki, and Dawn Holder. It was amazing how our works played off each other to create this vision of chaos and post apocalyptic regeneration. Maybe it is a sign of our times? Something in the zeitgeist? Because we certainly didn’t consult each other about what we were making.
I split myself between three installations and three wall pieces. All of them used textiles or fiber techniques in some way. I did get a little mix media and unconventional materials in places. Not unsurprisingly it was really hard to photograph some of the fabrics.
I could take you through every piece but writing is not my strong suit. Needless to say if you see something brightly colored and vaguely planty (except for that neon hanging tree, that’s Dawn’s) it’s mine.
The Stalks began with finding a rug hooking tool at Meals on Wheels and becoming obsessed with rug hooking car upholstery. I just love the shiny flatness with loops of yarn sticking out. From there it was a downward spiral into pouring concrete bases and spray painting dryer hose. Half the fun of the opening was talking about my work with people and having them ask if such and such really was :insert random hardware supply: They do a lot of museum tours with schools and getting to walk inside The Stalks was a real hit with the kids.
One of my favorite photos. Wouldn’t it be cool if one of them grew up to make weird art because of this show?!
I have two pieces at The Box Gallery in Kansas City right now until January 24th. The show is Ekphrasis, an amazing experiment that brings visual artists and poets together and has them riff on each other. There will be a book launch party next week so stay tuned to Instagram for details @MadMegh I was paired with writer, speaker and Food Sleuth radio host Melinda Hemmelgarn. She doesn’t mince words about the important issues of our times and she has an interesting verbal translation of my soft sculpture, “Handsy”.
And if I can’t get myself together for a post in December - I will have work at Missouri Valley College the month of January and February with more details to come.
It took me longer to get this post written then I planned, August has been a very packed month for me. Thank you so much to everybody that came out to see me at the fair and support the huge undertaking that is a fabric installation. It was a great success and I really enjoyed my many hours of talking to people about it. Hopefully more people will take up art making and enter their works at the fair!
I'd love to give a shout out to Stephannie Maskowski who helped me sew this massive project. Without her tireless dedication I'm not sure I would have been motivated to put in a few hours everyday kneeling before my cutting mat in the hallway pinning fabric. Luckily, I bumped into my art buddy Steven Gorman at the reception and talked him into helping me install those first two days. Without his excellent sense of space and spitballin' style who knows what this installation would have looked like. And lets not forget the gallery watchers that were always ready to hold the fabric or hand me my needle when it fell off the ladder. And a special thanks goes out to Alan Weaver who said yes to my crazy ideas. Thank you all so much. It takes a village to make artistic ideas happen.
And if you haven't heard my "spiel", which almost became a mantra after repeating it hundreds of times a day for my five day residency, keep reading. Convergence is made of 100% recycled materials. The fabric come from the linings of skirts, shirts and dresses and was donated by Lauri Davidson of the Kansas City Fiber Guild. Stephannie and I serged the fabric for this installation over four months using a crazy quilt type approach because every scrap mattered. It consists of four panels that at 3' x 46' long. And it took a total of three days and a whole roll of fishing line to install.
If you know of an institution or individual that would like to host this installation in the future please give me an email at email@example.com
Join Weaving the River in commemorating Juneteenth this Friday from 6-8pm at the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County. We are so excited to celebrate the Quindaro community with an evening of storytelling and music featuring Reverend Stacy Evans and the Allen Chapel Choir. Learn about the rich history of Quindaro, Allen Chapel AME and Western University.
If you can't join us Friday be sure to check us out for the closing reception June 29th 6-8pm when the Elder Statesmen of KC Jazz's Small Big Band will be playing.
This has been a truly amazing project full of so many great connections and stories. It's been a real treat to work with Jen Appel, Justin Border and Jillian Youngbird on this project. And it is impossible to express how much I've grown as an artist and a person through working together. My hope is that our work brings about positive change for the Quindaro community through acknowledging it's significance in our nations past.
Here's a few photos of us installing at the Community Health Council. If you can't make our receptions please swing by any time they are open to hear the soundscape and make a wish for the future of Quindaro. We will be releasing them into the Missouri river after all our installations are complete.
Weaving the River will also be at the InterUrban ArtHouse in Overland Park. Our opening reception is August 17th 6-8pm.
To find out more about our project check out Weaving the River
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.
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.
@Kansas City Artists Coalition
May 11th-June 1st.
Find me at the reception Friday, May 11th at 6pm.
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.
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