Showing posts with label laundry meat. Show all posts
Showing posts with label laundry meat. Show all posts

September 5, 2014

new works from the studio...

I got a new camera this week and am 
so happy to share some pictures of studio life here in 
Beacon New York -

it's so cool I am able to walk to my studio from home
kinda weird though that it still smells like an old high school


lots of activity going on right now
and still a few boxes that need to be unpacked-

finally put these brushes to good use for the first time in too long

and I can FINALLY see all my supplies all together

here's some of the work which right now is neither here nor there

made with spray foam and mixed materials. this one has some laundry meat stuck in there

I've been checking out a lot of John Chamberlain lately thanks to Dia: Beacon

these could be models for something bigger

or just meaningless balls of spray foam!

here's some experiments with braided spray foam

fun to make but tough to work with

the first time I did it I couldn't get the sticky off my hands for two days


taking the gloves off to get a better grip is a very very bad idea
here's a group of canvases with spray foam slathered on

hard to see the true texture from the photos

better in this one

there's about 9 of these but I don't really know what to do with them yet

and then there's my collages

in between every project, and when all else fails, there's always collages

if I could get what I like about these on a canvas I'd be very happy

they're very thick because most of the cut out papers are heavy watercolor


they're fun to make almost like working on a puzzle


So there it is, pretty much everything I've been working on lately.
There are also some canvases that I started but not picture worthy yet,
and much more to come... see you soon


February 15, 2014

the making of an art piece


Here is a video I made with the help of my editor husband. 

I now know how to edit my own videos!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCg9almatQE


This video is made in real time and emphasizes the artist's role as Hand Worker
Although we can see that it is a rope of some kind, the specific thing that is being made remains a mystery. The ruddy and fibrous wet strands of material are undisclosed, allowing the viewer's mind to wander.


Continuously working and engaging in the art making process allows for unexpected moments like this. I originally wanted to film this project to document the process of  making the rope, but I am very happy with the video as its own art piece. I'd love to see this projected on a gallery wall one day!



January 26, 2014

Finding your Niche

detail of cross stitching
Apparently finding your niche is all about specializing in your own individuality, or so the countless articles I've just read declare, including this interesting one from the Huffington Post.

My problem is I want too many things at once.
It happens in my art and in my everyday life. I just wrote in my journal about wanting to make a painting that was both lush and bare at the same time. I'm all about dichotomies; the control and repetition of cross stitching, the aggressive messiness of painting. Separately it's about trying to combine everything I know into one piece, which I already know doesn't work, but I keep trying.

I envy artists and designers who are so focused on that one thing they do well.

They've found that niche and are working it to death. 

And they're making money off it because I suppose the appearance of that kind of obsessive dedication is more appealing than a little bit of everything for every one. Case in point, I just read a wonderful, inspiring article by John Gravois of Pacific Standard all about the oddly successful niche of selling toast in San Francisco.  

Toast.  
So simple and to the point. 

Why can't I be that smart?
I have so many things I'm trying to do at the same time, if I don't have a list to check off each day I get lost. Right now I am working on two separate to-do lists, one for artwork and one for everything else. The everything else list runs the gamut from food shopping and going to the bank, getting the computer fixed, to looking for that masking fluid I'm not sure I still have. The art list includes appropriate boxes to check off each time I work on a particular project: watercolors, collages, cross stitching, laundry meat rope, & spray foam paintings. 
It doesn't seem very conducive to finding that niche but I am working hard......


works in progress. part of my cross stitch project

the plan is to attach the smaller pieces to create sculptural forms,

like I started to do here. hard to see but this is three dimensional

each piece measures about 4-6 inches



detail

detail









November 12, 2013

Laundry Meat Rope Project

the story of the laundry meat rope project starts with me wanting to create a very large knitted piece. I was imagining it like a large blanket covering an entire gallery floor where you'd have to walk around the edges of it. I began to make yarn out of the laundry meat but it was not holding up well to the demands of knitting.


 all the wrapping and twisting around both knitting needles kept tearing the yarn. so my first thought was to alter the yarn to work better



but I loved the way it looked all by itself; the variations of thickness and color from all the separate batches of laundry meat. I wanted to use the yarn as it was without having it have a specific purpose. I ended up looking at a bunch of youtube videos on how to make rope. using a freshly made batch of laundry meat that I purposely dried in thin strips I started the project.



today's rope making station

on the kitchen table


separate batches of laundry meat piled together. strips are made from this first and then twisted together to make the rope
so far I've made almost 35 feet

details of laundry meat rope



making the rope is an enjoyable process, although at the same time very tedious. it feels very primitive for the fact that there are no tools except my own two hands. and I love the fact that I am creating a potentially useful tool, and then the irony that there's nothing useful about it at all. this is the first time I've worked on a project of this nature and although I have no idea what will become of it, it is satisfying work. it can be very meditative but I find that after a long session of thinking that I'm getting so much done, I've only made a few feet of rope. in retrospect I may conclude that this is just another extension of my fascination with the body and perhaps one can see a correlation to umbilical cords and such, but right now I'm going with a flow that I only subconsciously know anything about!

more on laundry meat here


part of finished project




February 8, 2013

Laundry Meat


Laundry Meat is an ongoing project started in 2009 as a collection of shredded tissues caught accidentally in the laundry cycle. Originally dyed with vegetable dyes made with beets and carrots, the material looked like shredded pulled-pork, hence the name Laundry Meat. When photographed or manipulated Laundry Meat looks strangely similar to human/animal organs. And when mixed with different mediums it has the feeling of dried flesh. This fits perfectly with my interest in bodily forms and speaks of both interior and exterior worlds at the same time, which is at the core of my work.

Here's how it's made.. 

Tissues after the laundry cycle

Red dye

Black walnut ink

Left to soak overnight
Still soaking
Done soaking
Laid out to dry
Drying
Still drying...
Done for now


Finished product from Laundry Meat rope project